European Champion James Guy aims to be on-song and racing fast for Glasgow 2018

Reigning European champion James Guy is aiming to be in the form of his life when the Glasgow 2018 European Championships get underway next summer.

The 21-year-old formed part of Great Britain’s gold medal winning 4x100m medley team at the 2016 European Aquatics Championships in London and is determined to defend his title in front of another vocal home crowd in 2018.

Aquatics is one of six sports taking place at Glasgow 2018 alongside Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon.

Tollcross International Swimming Centre will host the swimming events with Open Water Swimming at Loch Lomond, Diving at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and Synchronised Swimming held at Scotstoun Sports Campus.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets click here

Having tasted success at Tollcross during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he won gold and bronze medals, Guy is targeting further glory in front of the famous Glasgow crowds.

He said: "Glasgow’s a great place. It was my first Commonwealth Games there and I’ve had numerous trials there. The pool is fast and it’s our target meet for that summer."

"I want to be on song for it. I’ll be 22, young and fit and ready to go and racing as fast as I can."

"It’s going to be interesting being part of a wider European Championships, the first one of them. It’s something new and exciting and I’m looking forward to it."

"Having other sports around definitely adds to the feel and my memories from an event."

First and foremost in the mind for Guy however, is the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest which start on 14 July.

British Swimming have named a strong team and Guy will be among those looking to defend titles having clinched two golds at the 2014 worlds in Kazan. He’s joined in the squad by Glasgow 2018 ambassador Ross Murdoch and eight-time European champion Adam Peaty.

Olympic-silver medallist Guy said: "Obviously I want to do as well as I can and better than in the Olympics. I’m the current world champion in the 200m freestyle so obviously I’ll be trying to win that event again."

"But it will be tough with Sun Yang and a couple of the Aussies there, and Chad le Clos who is a good friend of mine, so it’s going to be interesting."

"I’m in a good place, I’m training really well, I’m happy and the way I’ve been going racing-wise this season means I can do a good job, hopefully."

Tickets for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships are now on sale at starting at £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over-60s. Swimming prices start from £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions (plus fees).

A full schedule of Glasgow 2018 events – including Swimming at Tolcross International Swimming Centre - is available here

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