Guy praises im­pact of friend Peaty ahead of fi­nal

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - RIO 2016 - By Daniel Schofield

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

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