Guy praises impact of friend Peaty ahead of final
James Guy, the 200m world freestyle champion, is seeking to draw inspiration from roommate Adam Peaty after he qualified fifth fastest in the heats ahead of tonight’s final.
The 20-year-old still had to progress from this morning’s semifinals, but hoped to feed off Peaty’s world record-breaking exploits in the 100m breaststroke.
At last year’s World Championships in Kazan, Peaty and Guy also shared a room and both went on to
claim gold medals. Now it is Peaty who has laid down the marker.
“I remember last year when he won the 100m breast and I won the 200m free I thought this is pretty sick,” Guy said. “We are great friends. Each and every race we are each trying to smash it. It helps having a guy alongside you who also wants to be and is the best in the world.
“We are sharing again here so it’s all fun and games in the village and having a bit of a laugh. But when we come to the pool we get serious. That’s what it is all about.”
Not only was there the physical effects of racing the day after his 400m freestlye final with which Guy had to contend yesterday but the lingering disappointment of his sixth-place finish. In the 400m in Kazan, Guy came away with a silver medal but after setting off at an extraordinary pace for the first 300m on Saturday night, he was eventually reeled in.
Hence, Guy was not overly concerned with his time of 1min 46.13secs in the 200m heats that was off the pace set by China’s Sun Yang.
“I felt like I was more controlled in that race than the 400m,” Guy said. “Going into the 400m, I tried to blast it. But I was control of the race there. I knew what I was doing. I could pick it up when I wanted. It was a good start ahead of tonight.
“The final last night was tough. I was a bit upset at coming sixth. But going forward, I have buried it and parked it now. You move on don’t you. Everyone was saying I had to give it the beans this morning. But last night I could hardly sleep because of the adrenaline and my heart was pounding.”
Dynamic duo: James Guy and Adam Peaty are both aiming for gold medals