Swimming: Peaty succeeds in bid to become three time quad champion
Britain’s final night in the pool at Glasgow 2018 saw the team pick up two gold, two silvers and three bronzes – and Adam Peaty become a three-time Adam Peaty, having won the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 4 x 100m mixed and men’s relays. The latter with Nick Pyle, James Guy and Duncan Scott.
He said: “Britain is looking strong at the minute individually and in relays.
“Sometimes I’ve got too caught up in the outcome with people talking about World Records as soon as I did the heats and asking if I was going to get the four gold medals.
“I have to take each stroke as it comes, each event as it comes and not got caught up in the outcomes of everything and that’s been a massive learning curve that has hopefully been set up for the rest of my career.”
Peaty also picked up a trophy for LEN’s athlete of the year.
The women’s 4 x 100m medley, made up of Georgia Davies, Siobhan Marie O Connor, Alys Thomas and Freya Anderson went on to bronze success.
The medal rush started with three medals in three races: a gold for Ben Proud in the 50m freestyle, a silver for Imogen Clark in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze for James Guy in the 100m butterfly.
Proud’s time was slower than his personal best in the semis, which made him the third fastest man ever over the distance, but he highlighted this as an area to improve on going forward to Tokyo.
“The swim itself was a little disappointing, so I have mixed emotions.
“Nowadays it’s about constant improvements for me, so to have gone slower in the final than in the semis is something I need to look at for future meets.
“I’m happy to have swum well last night – for me I’ll look at that race, see what went well and then be happy with the overall result.”
Imogen Clark, in her first British team, then took the silver behind Russia’s Yuliya Efimova.
She added: “I guess I was just a late bloomer which is why I never made any junior teams, but I’ve had such an up and down year so to end it like this is unbelievable!”
Max Litchfield then added to his bronze in the 200m IM with a silver in the 400m equivalent. He battled against David Verraszto stroke for stroke in the final length but couldn’t push past the Hungarian in the final few metres.
Holly Hibbott was another multiple-medalist at Glasgow 2018, adding to her collection with a bronze in the 400m freestyle, with Ellie Faulkner coming in eighth.
Diving: Laugher takes second continental title
Britain’s Jack Laugher won his second European Championship title of 2018 after he took gold in the Men’s 3m Springboard event.
Laugher progressed comfortably from the prelims ranked second and was the 11th athlete to take to the boards in the final but finished with a season’s best score of 525.95 for the gold medal.
After collecting his medal Laugher said, “It’s a title that I’ve really wanted for a long time and I’ve not felt this emotional about a result in a long time.
“I’m not quite finished yet, still got the 3m Synchro with Chris [Mears] and we’re hoping for a good result in that event too, I would like to get the three springboard titles.”
Jack served up some truly world-class diving, his inward in round three scored just shy of 92.00 points to jettison him up the leaderboard and into a commanding lead over the rest of field.
Laugher was flanked on the podium by two Russian divers, Ilia Zakharov took the silver with 519.05 points and Evgenii Kuznetsov finished with bronze from 508.05 points.
Jack’s teammate and fellow Brit Dan Goodfellow just missed out on a medal, he was ranked fourth after all six rounds of diving, his final score was 437.75.
Click here to view the full results and scores from the Men’s 3m Springboard final.
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