European Swimming Championships - Glasgow 2018 D6
Adam Peaty took his third European title of Glasgow 2018 with victory in the 50m breaststroke, again breaking his own Championship Record. Peaty (26.09), already champion in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley, took the title comfortably, with Italy's Fabio Scozzoli (26.79) closest to the 11-time European gold medalist - looking to make it 12 unbeaten in the men's medley relay on the final day of competition.
He said: "It's three out of three at the moment and hopefully that streak will continue tomorrow. I'm trying to enjoy it, and hopefully I will have a tussle on my hands tomorrow.
"As you get more mature you realise it's not about managing your time at these meets, it's about managing your energy. To be consistent in that you have to be mature."
Ben Proud broke a Championship Record four years older than himself in the 50m freestyle, setting a new PB in the process of 21.11, and making him the third fastest man ever over the distance. Team mate Tom Fannon (22.14) came 12th in the semis.
Andrea Vergani (ITA, 21.37) won the second semi-final by 0.07s from Vladimir Morozov (RUS, 21.44).
Peaty's was the only medal of the evening despite some close fought finals featuring the British swimmers.
In the 200m IM final, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (2:10.85) was touched out of a bronze medal by 0.02s which went to Switzerland's Maria Ugolkova (2:10.83). The final length saw Katinka Hosszu (2:10.17) power through from fourth to overtake race leader Ilaria Cusinato (2:10.25) and win the gold medal. Aimee Wilmott (2:13.13) finished seventh.
Freya Anderson (53.61), going for her fourth medal of Glasgow 2018 also finished fourth in the 100m freestyle, but despite missing a medal the 17-year-old did break her own European Junior Record and again beat Federica Pellegrini in the process. World recorder holder Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE, 52.93) led throughout for gold, with Femke Heemskery (NED, 53.23) claiming silver and Charlotte Bonnet (FRA, 53.35) bronze.
Imogen Clark (30.04) was just 0.38s off a semi-final win, breaking her own national record in qualifying for the 50m breaststroke final. She hopes to become the first British woman under the 30 second barrier and said: "I'm so excited for the final - it makes my belly tingle thinking about it, but in a good way. I'm used to just doing national events and coming out and it just being my dad shouting for me, so to come out to this, I'm buzzing."
Sarah Vasey (31.02) was ninth overall, missing out on the final by one spot. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU, 30.38) won the first semi-final and is third fastest qualifier.
James Guy (51.78) progressed to the final of the 100m butterfly in fifth place after coming second in his semi-final to veteran Laszlo Cseh (HUN, 51.65). Aleksandr Sadovnikov (RUS, 51.67) got the better of both Konrad Czerniak (POL, 51.74) and Kristof Milak (HUN, 51.76) in the next race to set up an intriguing final.
Kat Greenslade (2:13.96), a double-medalist at this meet, could only battle to a 13th spot in the 200m backstroke semi-final. In the fastest qualifiers, Margherita Panziera (ITA, 2:07.27) and Daria K Ustinova (RUS, 2:08.19), winners of the two semi-finals, were seaprated by Katalin Burian (HUN, 2:07.65).
The battle for Men's 800m Freestyle gold went the way of the form book with Mykhaylo Romanchuk (UKR, 7:42.96) taking over the lead from Florian Wellbrock (GER, 7:45.60) just after halfway and then holding off the challenge of Gergorio Paltrinieri (ITA,7:45.12) who took silver.
There was yet more Scandinavian sprint power on display in the Women's 50m Butterfly. Emilie Beckman (DEN, 25.86) got the touch over Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED, 25.95) in the first semi-final and Sarah Sjoestroem once again proved she could better that, clocking 25.51 in winning the following race.
The failure of prodigy Kliment Kolesnikov to qualify didn't stop compatriot Evgeny Rylov from powering to a new European and Championship 200m Backstroke record (1:53.36), ahead of Radoslaw Kawecki (POL, 1:56.07) in silver and Matteo Restivo (ITA, 1:56.29) bronze.
Charlotte Bonnet recorded the fastest female split (52.34) as she anchored the French Mixed 4x100m Freestle Relay team to gold (3:22.07), with Netherlands (3:23.97) taking silver and Russia (3:24.50) bronze.
British medalists Kat Greenslade and Ben Proud were back in competition after gold and silver success on Day 5.
Greenslade (2:13.75) , part of the 4x200m women's freestyle relay, was back in action in the 200m backstroke. The medical student finished eighth won by fastest qualifier Daria Ustinova (RUS, 2:08.89), but Dawson still qualified for the semis as the 13th quickest.
Ben Proud (21.68) then finished joint fastest in the 50m freestyle, tied with Greece's Kristian Gkolomeev.
Tom Fannon (22.26) also qualified in tenth overall. David Cumberlidge (22.49) missed out as third fastest Brit. Vladimir Morozov (RUS, 21.85) and Andriy Govorov (UKR, 21.95) are fifth and sixth fastest overall.
"Normally you get a day off between the two events, but it's definitely good practice to go straight back into the heats. Obviously I would like to have had a bit more time to think about it and prepare, but we do train for these back to back performances.
"I handled it quite well, feel good and hopefully have another 24 hours recovery so I can put a good performance in tomorrow night. The whole thing was slightly below what I'd normally do, because I wasn't too worried about being the fastest seed."
James Guy (51.75) who was narrowly edged out of the medal positions in Day 5's 200m freestyle, was back in action in the 200m butterfly, qualifying second fastest behing Piero Codia (ITA, 51.59). Konrad Czerniak (POL, 51.84), Laszlo Cseh (HUN, 51.92) and Kristof Milak (HUN, 52.04 ) will all be in the mix as they aim to progress from semi-finals.
Jacob Peters (53.02), just weeks away from his 18th birthday, missed the chance to progress coming in 21st position.
He said: "Last night was probably one of the fastest ones I've ever done - it is what it is. Most guys feel better in the evening than they do in the morning, so I'm going to go back, get my legs up and get a massage. My legs are pretty sore from last night."
Commonwealth champion Sarah Vasey () was in action in the 50m breaststroke, against British Record holder Imogen Clark () with both comfortably making it through to to night's semis in third and joint fifth position.
There was disappointment for Alys Thomas (27.24), the 200m butterfly bronze medalist, who completed her individual programme of racing finishing 25th in the 50m butterfly - missing out on the semi-finals, as did fellow Brit Charlotte Atkinson (27.48) in 27th place.
World record holder Sarah Sjoestroem (25.11) finished 0.61s ahead of her nearest challenger in the standings, Emilie Beckmann (DEN, 25.72).
There was no GB team in the Mixed GB 4x100m Freestyle relays in which heat winners Russia (3:27.15) and the Netherlands (3:27.19) topped the qualifiers.
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