Max Litchfield led from start to finish to win gold in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow.
The Brit attacked the race from the start and was rewarded for his ambition, opening up a lead of more than half a second at the halfway stage.
Litchfield looked in cruise control as he turned for the final leg, leading Russian Ilia Borodin by almost 1.5 seconds.
Finishing with his strongest stroke, the victory never looked in doubt for Litchfield and he challenged his own British record over the final 100m, touching the wall just a second adrift of that mark in 4:01.36.
That secured Litchfield’s first ever major global title in the event.
Guy’s fine form continues
James Guy set a new personal best to finish fourth in the Men’s 200m Freestyle final.
The National Centre Bath swimmer qualified third fastest after swimming 1:42.57 in the heats, his quickest time in three years.
Guy carried that confidence into the final and looked a strong chance of winning a medal after turning in third place at the 150m mark.
But the Brit couldn’t hold off a fast-finishing Danas Rapsys, who surged to win the gold medal.
Guy’s British teammate, Duncan Scott, was unable to replicate his performance from the morning, when he broke the British record.
Scott touched the wall in 1:41.42, just 0.03s behind the Lithuanian Rapsys, to win silver.
Freya flies into final
Freya Anderson capped off a stunning day by qualifying fastest for the Women’s 100m Freestyle final.
The Ellesmere College swimmer had smashed her personal best to win her heat in 52.03 and she went even quicker to see off a world class field in the semi-finals.
Anderson became just the second ever British female to swim below 52 seconds in the event, lowering her PB to 51.95s, meaning she took nearly a second off her previous best mark from the start of the day.
The 18-year-old beat Olympic gold medallists Femke Heemskerk and Federica Pellegrini to make another statement on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Anderson will be joined in Friday’s final by British swimming teammate Anna Hopkin, who will also fancy her chances of winning a medal after finishing second in the first semi-final.
Hopkin clocked 52.24s for the fourth fastest time overall, just 0.02s behind Heemskerk.
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