Great Britain’s Adam Peaty broke his own 100m breaststroke world record to retain his European title in Glasgow. The 23-year-old Olympic and world champion finished in 57.00 seconds – 0.13secs quicker than his previous best time – as team-mate James Wilby grabbed silver following a late surge. Peaty took a huge lead on the first 50m before pulling away further to win by 1.54secs from fellow Englishman Wilby. It doesn’t matter when it happens, sometimes you just need a loss to give you a reality check – in all walks of life European champion Adam Peaty “I can’t believe I beat what I did at the Olympics,” said Peaty. “I was in perfect shape then – I’m not even in that good shape now. I didn’t try to be in that good shape.” Britain then won a bronze in the mixed 4x200m freestyle relay after a stunning final leg from Freya Anderson, 17, who moved up from sixth to third.
Elsewhere on day three of the inaugural multi-sport championships, cyclist Ethan Hayter, 19, won omnium gold, defending champion Katie Archibald took silver in the 3,000m individual pursuit and the men’s four and women’s eights both won silver in the rowing. Hayter’s gold in the final event of the day moved Britain up to third in the medal table with three golds, five silvers and three bronzes. European Championships 2018: GB swim team storm back to clinch mixed relay bronzePeaty bounces back after Gold Coast disappointment Peaty had suggested in the build-up that he had a point to prove after the Commonwealth Games, where he was an underwhelming winner in the 100m breaststroke and was beaten to the 50m crown by South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh. “It’s down to the training, down to Mel [Marshall, coach] keeping me humble. Obviously, the Commonwealths experience keeping me humble,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “I wasn’t in the right frame of mind on the Gold Coast because it was April. I’d never swum a meet like that in April before, but this is the Europeans and I wanted to make my wrongs right.” Peaty, unbeaten in the 100m breaststroke for four years, added: “You can’t go out there and fight for a world record, you’ve got to let it come to you. “It doesn’t matter when it happens, sometimes you just need a loss to give you a reality check – in all walks of life.”
Wilby’s time of 58.54 was not only a personal best but also placed him in the top three men’s 100m breaststroke swimmers of all time, behind Peaty and Van der Burgh. “I was hoping for sub-59 and to do it by that much was special, especially with the swim Adam put in and a great 1-2 for Britain. I couldn’t be more happy,” said Wilby. Davies powers into final Earlier, Georgia Davies broke the European 50m backstroke record in her heat before she won her next race to book a place in Sunday’s final, but team-mate Kathleen Dawson went out in the semi-finals. Wales’ Davies, who won Commonwealth Games bronze in April, had set a new record time of 27.21 earlier on Saturday.