Anderson and Guy through to semi-finals

20 Jun 2022

Bath Performance Centre duo James Guy and Freya Anderson will be back in the Duna Arena pool this evening after qualifying through to semi-finals on the third morning of heats at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

On a quieter morning for the British team, there were only four athletes on the programme. Anderson was among the first of those, as she and Freya Colbert lined up in the final heat of the Women’s 200m Freestyle.

Anderson – who has already competed in the 400m Freestyle and Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay early on in the meet – showed good pacing across the four laps to touch comfortably second in her race and qualify sixth-fastest overall.

Behind her, Nova Centurions athlete Colbert finished sixth in heat five and missed out on semi-final qualification in 19th.

Next up on the schedule was Guy, appearing in his fifth World Championships. Despite his wealth of international experience, there are still opportunities for first-time competition experiences – and this was the first time that the David McNulty-coached man had ever swum in the 200m Butterfly at a major international.

Lining up alongside Italian Alberto Razzetti, who took heat three out at a rapid rate, Guy kept his pacing to blow the cobwebs off on his first individual race of the meet, booking a lane for the semi-finals by placing 14th in qualifying.

Last up in the session was Swansea University’s Dan Jervis, whose second swim of the week came in the Men’s 800m Freestyle heats. A 10th-placed finish overall, in a time approaching his personal best, will provide another building block towards his favoured 1500m event later in the competition.

For full results from the heats, click here.

Visit our ‘What’s On?’ page here for a full rundown on how you can watch and listen to every finals swim from Budapest, as well as a look at which athletes are involved in each upcoming session. 

Freya Anderson 400m Free heats Budapest 2022 [Getty
Freya Anderson is through to the 200m Freestyle semi-finals