Peaty wins third European Championship gold
Swimming

Peaty wins third European Championship gold

08 August 2018 / 16:54
Adam Peaty has set his sights on more success in Glasgow after smashing the 50m breaststroke European Championship record on his way to a third gold of the competition.

Touching the wall in a startling 26.09s – the Olympic gold medallist utilised the raucous home atmosphere to finish 0.7s ahead of Italian Fabio Scozzoli in second.

The 23-year-old has now become Great Britain's most successful swimmer at the European Championships with 11 gold medals with this win completing a triple double of individual victories over 50m and 100m breaststroke in the last four years.

Not resting on his laurels, the 50m and 100m world record holder is still keen to improve and win a third European Championship quadruple gold haul.

“I tried to rewrite my wrongs and it proves that I can get that world record now and maybe next year even touch it again,” said Peaty.

“I am going to enjoy all this, but I have still got a job to do.

“My emotional levels have got to come back down to neutral after winning three golds.

Peaty, a five-time world champion, missed out on gold in the 50m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games to South African Cameron van der Burgh but has been back to his best in Glasgow.

The Uttoxeter-born breaststroke swimmer now turns his attention to tomorrow’s 4x100m men’s medley relay as Britain look to make it three in a row in that event.

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