European Championships 2018: Adam Peaty wins gold in 50m breaststroke

World record-holder Adam Peaty was surprising beaten in this event at the Commonwealth Games in April – ending a four-year unbeaten streak
2018 European Championships
Venues: Glasgow and Berlin Dates: 2-12 August
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Britain’s Adam Peaty set a new championship record to retain the 50m breaststroke title and win his third gold medal at the European Championships in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old clocked 26.09 seconds to beat Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli and Slovenia’s Peter John Stevens.

Peaty, who has won 11 European titles, lowered his record in each of his three races in the event in Glasgow.

British divers Grace Reid and Ross Haslam earlier won silver.

They were beaten by German pair Lou Massenberg and Tina Punzel in the mixed synchronised 3m springboard.

World record holder Peaty’s victory means he becomes the most successful British swimmer in European competition – overtaking Fran Halsall’s tally of 10 gold medals.

“Hopefully next year I can touch that world record again,” Peaty told BBC Sport.

“I’ve still got a job to do in the relay tomorrow, so my emotional level has to come down now.”

Briton Freya Anderson, 17, finished fourth in the women’s 100m freestyle with a new junior European record of 53.61.

“I’ll work on my turns and my start in training, so hopefully then more medals will come,” said Anderson.

“Transitioning from senior to junior is difficult so hopefully I’ve inspired a few of the juniors to do the same.”

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