4x200m freestyle gold gives GB fourth Worlds medal

Great Britain’s men’s 4x200m freestyle team successfully defended their title as GB secured a fourth medal of the 2017 World Championships in Hungary.

Three of the line-up – James Guy, Duncan Scott and Stephen Milne – helped Team GB secure Olympic silver in 2016 – with Nick Grainger the new addition.

Russia took silver ahead of the USA.

The latest success follows two gold medals for Adam Peaty (50m and 100m breaststroke) and gold for Ben Proud (50m butterfly) at the championships.

Ross Murdoch could only finish fourth in the 200m breaststroke

The British team had looked out of medal contention during the first two legs of the 4x200m final, but individual finalist Scott helped bring them back into contention.

Guy took over on the last leg in second position but quickly powered past his Russian opponent to help the team finish in seven minutes 1.70 seconds, ahead of Russia (7:02.68) and Olympic champions the USA (7:03.18).

The 21-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful day, lowering the British 100m butterfly record to 51.16 in the heats and then to 50.67 in the semi-finals – form that makes him a strong medal contender for Saturday’s final.

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