Lelliott scores first medal at WUGs

21 Aug 2017

University of Bath's Jay Lelliott won the British team's first medal at the World University Games when he secured silver in the 400m Freestyle. 

Lelliott went into the final in first place but was beaten to second at the halfway point by world silver medallist Myhailo Romanchuk (UKR). 

“The heat felt great – at about 250m I felt like I was in a good position so I started to shut it down a little bit,” said the 22-year-old.

“But in the final I just couldn’t quite get the catch with my stroke and I struggled with it.

“I’m a bit upset about that, I’m a bit devastated, I wanted to go quicker – but at the end of the day what’s happened has happened.

“I’ve got two other events that I need to do and I need to rebuild for those now – but I felt like I was capable of more and it’s a bit of a shame I couldn’t quite execute today.”

Lelliot still has the 800m and 1500m left to race, with the heats of the latter beginning on Monday and the former on Wednesday.

And, having also won 800m silver in Gwangju two years ago, Lelliot is confident that his medal-winning performances are not done yet.

“The atmosphere was incredible, I loved the atmosphere and hats off to Mykhailo, who was great today – I’ve just got to rebuild for the 1500m,” he added.

“I’m straight into it – no rest for the wicked! But I’m looking forward to it, the 1500m gives me a bit more time to relax into my stroke.

“So who knows what could come tomorrow, I’m just trying to stay positive and optimistic."