James finds form to post quick time in Euro event
CITY swimmer Antony James followed his pre-European Short Course instructions to the letter when he turned in his fastest swim for three years.
James finished 13th overall in the championships' 100m butterfly in a scorching time of 52.23 seconds in his first competitive outing since the London Olympics.
James (top), in his third European Short Course Championships, had been told by his coach, Jon Rudd that while medals would be a bonus, a good performance was more important.
The Plymouth star dutifully recorded his fastest time over 25m since 2009. Commonwealth medallist James and his Plymouth Leander colleagues are in heavy training in advance of major competitions next year.
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Heavy training is not usually considered conducive to recording fast times in a race.
The club's international swimmers are preparing themselves for 50m long course events.
James, despite his aim of swimming well without the added stress of trying to win, made it clear he was delighted to be part of the Great Britain team taking part in the event in Chartres, France. The championships finish tomorrow.
After his swim, James, who acknowledged he was one of the most experienced Euro Short Course members of the Great Britain team, said: "I'm still excited to be on the Great Britain team.
"It's great to pass on that experience to the younger guys and make sure they're all right and having fun."
The Leander swimmer said he was doing heavy training at the moment.
He said: "We've started training long course – we're doing some really nasty stuff and it's tough.
"But it's good and we're doing some good racing as well."
James is one of 11 Plymouth Leander athletes taking part in four top international meetings over the next two months.
James (Great Britain), European Junior champion Joe Patching (Great Britain) and senior national record holder Jurate Scerbinskaite (Lithuania) were appearing in the European Short-Course Championships.
Olympic hopeful Harry Ackland will make his Great Britain debut in Brazil. They will take on the home nation in a meeting and train alongside them in an offshore camp.
And next month, Olympic star Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania), Hazal Sarikaya (Turkey), Jade Howard (Zambia), Tieri Erasito (Fiji) and Ahmad Attellesey (Libya) will compete in the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul.