LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships - Copenhagen 2017 Day 4
13-17 December 2017 - Copenhagen
Adam Peaty secured a gold medal and a new European record in the 100m breaststroke at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen. Peaty's time of 55.94 secured his first short course gold, with team mate Ross Murdoch racing to a PB and Scottish Record time of 57.51.
While Peaty was the biggest star of the field, he was only second fastest into the final, winning his semi in a British record 56.24 but trailing Russia’s 50m Breast silver medallist 56.02 overall. The Loughborough National Centre swimmer has readily admitted he is unrested for the short course meet, with his focus being on competing for Team England at April’s Commonwealth Games. But the 22-year old put in a typically powerful performance to claim his maiden short course title, second quickest off the blocks and first to the half-way turn in 26.06.
He eventually put more than 0.2 seconds between himself and the field, with 50m Breast champion Fabio Scozzoli chasing him home for silver in 56.15. Prigoda was another tenth of a second back, taking bronze in 56.28 while Scotland’s Ross Murdoch was eighth in 57.51.
He said: "`That kind of race was a tussle, I knew it was going to be a tussle in that last 25, but if anyone is next to me - I'm the man to get it done. It's great to kind of carry that experience as an athlete as this is my third ever final in short course. Compared to long course I've had hundreds so this kind of experience to me is vital and is going to help me get even faster on the long course."
Continuous improvement is the name of the game for our Breaststrokers @adam_peaty & @RossMurdoch_ analysing their final performances immediately post race.... @britishswimming @ScottishSwim #euroswim2017 #kaizen pic.twitter.com/4aAzpfCC0u— Tim Jones (@swimtimswim) 16 December 2017
And after the ceremony Peaty gave his medal to a young fan in the crowd.
Ben Proud had to battle it out in a heat, semi and final all in one day to claim his medal in the 50m butterfly before earning himself a bronze with a time of 22.44. A thrilling final saw the first four swimmers separated by just 0.02 seconds. Proud was in lane four, having qualified fastest from the semi finals with a British record 22.18. But the English swimmer couldn’t escape the field in the final, with Russia’s Aleksandr Popkov ultimately taking the touch in a blanket finish on 22.42. Ukraine’s three-time champion Andriy Govorov won silver on 22.43 while Proud shared the third step of the podium with Serbia’s Sebastian Sabo.
He said: "It's exciting being in a race with a bunch of fast guys. I had a fast time in the semi finals, but I still thought I could move it on. Going into the final my quads were feeling really heavy but at the same time everyone else in the Final has also had to swim three times today. Obviously it would have been nice to come away being European Champion - I feel good about my race in the semi final and I still think there's more there and I think I can go faster."
Duncan Scott qualified for the final of the 100m freestyle tomorrow night, winning his semi final and recording the third fastest time of 46.92.
Kathryn Greenslade came fifth in the 200m freestyle race, having qualified in the same position during the heats earlier in the day.
Charlotte Atkinson also improved on her PB in the 100m Butterfly semi-final with a time of 57.61, coming in fifth.