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Dubai all set for Fina event

posted on 15/08/2013: 2216 views

Following a thrilling Fina World Championships in Barcelona last month, it's now Dubai's turn to experience gold fever as the fourth World Junior Swimming Championships kick off at the Hamdan Sports Complex in just a fortnight.

After watching the world's best battle it out in Barcelona, 883 juniors from around the world will be itching to emulate their heroes in the emirate and establish themselves as swimming stars of the future. For many of the competitors, this will be their first taste of major international competition, but – for one young swimmer – this will be his second World Championships in a month.

Seventeen-year-old James Guy will lead the British squad after achieving an impressive fifth place in the men's 400m freestyle final in Barcelona in his debut appearance at a senior World Championships.

He finished 6.37s behind the legendary Sun Yang, of China, and – having also taken double gold at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Poznan in July – Guy will arrive in Dubai as firm favourite in his events. Three-time European junior champion Matthew Johnson and 2012 junior champion Molly Renshaw will be joining him as well in a squad with a wealth of experience and success on the continental junior circuit.

"We have a very strong team – 11 of whom are medallists on the European junior stage, so we are looking to put in strong performances in Dubai,” said team leader Mark Perry. "Some of the squad have competed before at the World Junior Championships and they will be looking to improve on their previous performances.”

Head coach Graeme Antwhistle added: "It's a small, but focused team with lots of talent.

"The World Junior Championships gives the swimmers the opportunity for high quality racing at the end of the season against the best in their age group.” – Khaleej Times


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