Leander butterfly stars James and Dailley win medals at British Champs

antony jamesPLYMOUTH Leander’s butterfly specialists stole the show on the fourth day of the British Championships in Glasgow.

Antony James looked like he was going to claim victory in the men’s open 100m butterfly final but was just touched out at the finish by James Guy.

Guy touched in a new personal best time of 52.15 seconds, with James, one of only three Brits to have ever gone under the 52 second barrier, coming home in 52.31. Adam Barrett was third in 52.67 and former Kelly College swimmer Cameron Brodie fourth in 53.19.

Although James just missed out on victory, his Leander colleague Sam Dailley did claim gold in the junior men’s 100m butterfly final with a new British age group record of 55.08 seconds.

It was the second time in the day that Dailley had set a new age group record, having clocked 55.21 in the heats.

There was a good swim from fellow Plymouth swimmer Jessica Jackson in a competitive women’s 100m freestyle final. She came fifth in 55.79 seconds. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor won ahead of Fran Halsall.

Meanwhile, Ben Proud will be looking to secure his Olympic spot on Saturday when he competes in the men’s 50m freestyle. The Leander star is currently ranked fourth in the world in that event and is Commonwealth champion and British record holder.

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