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Englishman out to prove that he's no regular Guy.

JAMES Guy is looking forward to taking on close friend Chad le Clos at the Commonwealth Games as the Englishman eyes an historic medal haul.

Guy is set to compete in seven events at the Games in Australia's Gold Coast - the 200 metres and 400m freestyle, the 100m and 200m butterfly and three relays.

Securing a medal in each one would match the record held by South Africa's Le Clos (Glasgow 2014) and Australia's Ian Thorpe (Manchester 2002).

Guy said: "Swimming seven events is going to be challenging but this is why we swim 10 times a week and do three gym sessions.

"To win a medal in every event would be pretty fantastic because no Englishman has ever done it before.

"I don't think (it is out of the question). I'm in very, very good shape - the way things are going it's all on target to have a good meet."

Guy has never previously at an international meet competed in the 200m butterfly, the event in which Le Clos claimed Olympic gold at London 2012 and won last year's world title in Budapest.

The 2017 World Championships also saw Guy take bronze in the 100m butterfly after Le Clos exited in the semi-finals.

Guy added: "There is a bit of rivalry building up between us, between the 100 and 200 fly.

"He knows I'm coming for him so it will be exciting.

"I have been working on my butterfly more in the pool because the 200 butterfly is something I want to do long-term at the (2020) Tokyo Olympics."

The 22-year-old added of his relationship with Le Clos: "We have a lot of banter with each other and it's all about social media and ramping things up.

"I talk to him daily as friends do, about normal life.

"He knows it is going to be a good competition but whatever happens we'll still stay the best of friends after the meet.

"Whatever happens in the pool is business - it's never ever personal."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 22, 2018
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