European Swimming Championships - Glasgow 2018 D7
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 quadruple European Champion, having won the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 4 x 100m mixed and men's relays.
The GB Men's 4x100m Medley team (3:30.44) - Nicholas Pyle (54.58), Adam Peaty (57.60), James Guy (Bath National Centre, 50.91) and Duncan Scott (47.35) - broke the 3:31.32 Championship record set by France in 2010 in beating Russia (3:32.03) with Germany (3:33.52) in third place.
Replacing heat swimmer Brodie Williams for the final, Pyle was racing Kliment Kolesnikov on backstroke, Peaty replaced James Wilby and overhauled the deficit to lead Chupkov by a second. Guy replaced Jacob Peters and pulled away from Kuimov. Scott again maintained the pace, this time against Morozov, making the result a real team effort.
Peaty said: "Britain is looking strong at the minute individually and in relays.
"Sometime's 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 get 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 GB Women's 4 x 100m medley quartet (3:56.9), made up of Georgia Davies (59.44), Siobhan Marie O Connor (Bath National Centre, 1:07.22), Alys Thomas (57.56) and Freya Anderson (52.69) went on to bronze success. Russia (3:54.22) won gold, taking Denmark's 2014 Championship record and leaving them on this occasion with silver (3:56.69).
Anderson overturned a 0.52s deficit in the anchor leg for GB to beat Federica Pellegrini yet again and relegate Italy (3:57.00) to fourth place.
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 (Bath National Centre) in the 100m butterfly.
Piero Codia (ITA, 50.64) surged ahead from lane 8 of the 100m butterfly and extended his 0.43s lead at the turn. The battle for podium places saw Mehdy Metella (FRA, 51.24) win silver and James Guy (51.42) hold off the challenge of Kristof Milak (HUN, 51.51).
Proud's time of 21.34 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. Kristian Gkolmeev (GRE, 21.44) and Andrea Vergani (ITA, 21.68) finished second and third.
Proud commented "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 "I'm Buzzing" Clark (30.34), in her first British team, then took the 50m breaststroke silver.
Clark held off the challenges of Arianna Castiglioni (ITA, 30.41) and Ruta Meilutyte (LTU, 30.46) in fourth and 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!"
After a long time out spent rehabilitating a shoulder injuery, Max Litchfield (4:11.00) was delighted to add to his bronze in the 200m IM with a silver in the 400m equivalent. David Verraszto (HUN, 4:10.65) was looking for a third consecutive European title in the event. Litchfield led until 300m but despite battling stroke for stroke he couldn't push past Verraszto over the final few metres. Joan Lluis Pons Ramon (ESP, 4:14.26) claimed bronze.
Holly Hibbott (4:05.01) was another multiple-medalist at Glasgow 2018, adding to her collection with a bronze in the 400m freestyle, with Ellie Faulkner (4:15.26) coming in eighth. Ajna Kesely (4:03.57) had set herself up for another European Junior record by leaading Simona Quadarella (ITA, 4:03.35) for 300m. But Quadarella, already champion over 800m and 1500m, had ben responding with a pace 0.2s faster over the last 200m and it brought her victory by 0.22s. Kesely lowered her own March 2018 European Junior mark by 2.04s.
World recorderd holder Sarah Sjoestroem (25.16) completed the "double double" (50 and 100m titles for freestyle and butterfly) in the opening event of the evening session. Emilie Beckmann (DEN, 25.72) claimed silver and Kimberley Buys (BEL, 25.74) tothe bronze medal.
One of the longest standing Championship records was broken in the Women's 200m Backstroke final. Margherita Panziera (ITA, 2:06.18) continued her fine form coming into this meet by lowering the 2:06.62 mark set by Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) twenty seven years ago. Daria Ustinova (RUS, 2:07.12) and Katalin Burian (HUN, 2:07.43) finished with silver and bronze.
Britain’s hopes of picking up two further relay medals at Glasgow 2018 were supported as both the men’s and women’s 4 x 100m medley relay teams qualified in strong positions for tonight’s finals.
The GB Men’s team (3:35.52) - Brodie Williams (55.08), James Wilby (59.13), Jacob Peters (52.35) and Duncan Scott (48.96) - won their heat, turning a 0.12s deficit to Germany at the start of the anchor to an equivalent lead at the finish. GB are third fastest qualifiers behind the other heat winners Russia (3:33.08) and Hungary (3:35.50), The final should give Adam Peaty the chance to complete the quadruple-gold feat for a third consecutive European Championships in the evening session.
The GB Women’s team (3:59.98) - Kathleen Dawson (1:00.17), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (1:06.74), Alys Thomas (58.44) and Freya Anderson (54.63) , did one better and qualified in the second fastest time behind Denmark (3:58.40).
Max Litchfield (4:14.91), fresh from his bronze in the 200m IM, won his heat and progresses to the final as second fastest in the 400m IM standings behind David Verraszto (HUN, 4:14.18). Mark Szaranek (4:19.34) just missed out in 11th place as did Tom Dean (4:20.32) in 15th.
Holly Hibbott (4:09.41) and Ellie Faulkner (4:12.85) both qualified for the final of the 400m freestyle race. Their main competition will come from Ajna Kesely (HUN, 4:08.77), Sarah Koehler (GER, 4:09.85) and Simona Quadarella (ITA, 4:09.97)
The final session of swimming from Tollcross International Pool in Glasgow will take place from 4.45pm.
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