Warrender swimmer Dan Wallace was part of the four-man GB team that won a sensational gold medal in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay at the FINA Aquatics World Championships in Kazan to end the dominance of the United States in the event.
James Guy, the individual 200m freestyle champion, anchored the British team to victory in a British record of seven minutes 04.33 seconds, building on the work of team-mates Wallace, Scottish swimmer Robbie Renwick and Calum Jarvis.
It secured Britain’s eighth swimming medal of the championships and fifth gold, equalling the team’s record medal haul from 1975 and 2003.
The USA, including multiple world and Olympic champion Ryan Lochte, were second, 0.42secs behind, as their run of five successive world titles in the race was ended. Australia were 1.01 adrift in third.
Olympic gold is now on the agenda for the British quartet next summer in Rio.
“That was great,” Guy, who has also won 400m freestyle silver in Kazan, said on swimming.org. “It was a huge team effort. The guys set it up nice and good and I knew if I was top three I had a chance of bringing it back but I never thought we’d get the gold. It’s the best British team we’ve ever had and this relay is definitely something we’re going to look out for next year. It was all about staying calm and not getting too tense in the first 100m. You’ve just got to enjoy it.”
Guy has had a role in two of the British victories, while breaststroke ace Adam Peaty won two individual titles and was in the mixed medley relay team that triumphed.
Peaty did not advance from the 200m breaststroke heats, but Andrew Willis made the final, finishing fourth as Germany’s Marco Koch took the title.
There could be further British success on today’s penultimate day of competition in the pool.
Fran Halsall has qualified third fastest for the women’s 50m butterfly, while Ben Proud is in the men’s 50m freestyle final.
Jazz Carlin advanced to the 800m freestyle final, although Katie Ledecky was the fastest qualifier and the American is the overwhelming favourite.