Guy claims silver to boost medal tally

James Guy won Team England’s 20th swimming medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games after claiming silver in the 100m Butterfly final.

The 22-year-old was beaten to the gold medal by South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who broke his own Games record as he clocked 50.65.

Guy pushed his good friend le Clos all the way but eventually finished 0.66 seconds behind in 51.31.

Jacob Peters was joint fifth, with Canada’s Josiah Binnema, in a time of 53.11.

Team England’s medal haul after the penultimate day of the swimming competition now stands at eight golds, eight silvers and four bronze.

Guy said: “It was always going to be tough to win. But I thought I was going to go for it and give it all I’ve got. I feel a lot better than I was a few days ago and to medal behind my best friend is fantastic.

“Tonight was a great swim and I gave it my all. I feel like my butterfly is going well. There have been a couple of things I didn’t get right at this meet, but we know it’s in the bag and I can do it. I did it at Budapest last year. I’ve been really quick before and I can do it again.

“I think, going forward, I will focus on both the butterfly events and the 200m Freestyle. I’ve never done a fresh 200m Freestyle before. I’ve always done a 400m before. If I can go in with fresh legs and fresh arms who knows what I can do.”

Team England finalists

In the women’s 100m Breaststroke final, Sarah Vasey, who won the 50m Breaststroke gold medal, had to settle for seventh place in a time of 1:08.36.

Emily Large also took a seventh place in the 200m Butterfly final after finishing in 2:10.96. Laura Stephens was eighth in 2:11.46.

And in the women’s 100m Freestyle, Anna Hopkin came eighth in a time of 55.03.

Anna Maine missed out on a place in the women’s 50m Backstroke semi-final after finishing seventh in her race in 29.33.

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