James Guy broke the British record in the Men’s 100m Butterfly in the morning heats of day six of the FINA World Championships.
Guy (National Centre Bath) recorded a time of 51.16 to lower Michael Rock’s eight-year old record by more than three tenths of a second and will return for tonight’s semi-finals as the third fastest man.
World Champion Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander) returned to competitive action in Budapest in the Men’s 50m Freestyle after his world title winning swim on day two. Proud delivered a comfortable and controlled heats swim to ease himself into this evening’s semi-finals.
He will return as the sixth fastest qualifier amongst a competitive international field.
“Before that race I was quite tired because it’s quite early,” said Proud. “As soon I started seeing those 21.5 and 21.6 times I knew I had to wake myself up a bit, I think I definitely underestimated how fast it was going to be this morning.”
“But the swim itself felt very relaxed and very controlled and tonight I’ll come back and hopefully make it through to the final.
“The reaction to my world title earlier in the week had been good but the job is only half done so I can’t really contemplate on it too much but once I’m finished here I can go back and reflect on everything but my focus is on the freestyle and it’s going to be a fast one tonight.”
The Men’s 4x200m Freestyle quartet of Stephen Milne (City of Perth), Nick Grainger (City of Sheffield), Calum Jarvis (National Centre Bath) and Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) posted a strong time to secure a finals berth in lane five after being the second quickest nation in the heats.
After the relay heat Jarvis said: “It’s been a bit of a wait for me to get in and race, I haven’t seen the splits yet so fingers crossed I’ll be in tonight as well. Hopefully I’ve done enough to warrant a second swim tonight.
“It’s great to be part of the relays, it’s good fun. I was part of the team in Kazan in 2015 that took the title so it would be good to get it again.”
Holly Hibbott went in her preferred event of the Women’s 800m Freestyle where she set a new personal best time of 8:30.66 to earn herself in tomorrow’s world final.
“I’m really pleased with that swim, I’ve not pb’d in that since 2015 so to come to the World Champs and get personal best in the heats is really exciting and I’m really pleased with that,” said Hibbott.
Rosie Rudin got her World Championships debut underway when she went in the Women’s 200m Backstroke. She ranked 21st after the heats.
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