European Swimming Championships - Glasgow 2018 D5
Duncan Scott (1:45.34) won his first individual title at Glasgow 2018, winning the 200m freestyle final from lane eight.
The Scot, who already has a relay gold and individual silver at these games, held his nerve and his superior pace over the second half produced a season's best time. Scott finished 0.73s ahead of Danas Rapsys (LTU, 1:46.07) in silver with Mikhail Dovgalyuk (RUS, 1:46.15) taking the bronze.
He said: "I didn't really know what was going on with the rest of the field. I'm just really, really happy with how it went. I had no idea where I was in the race I just kicked on with my race plan - I was just hacking away in the last 25m and hoping. I was pretty relaxed in the warm up, but the crowd has been amazing all week - when I took my headphones off it was amazing. But I just went in with no expectations."
James Guy (Bath National Centre, 1:46.20) missed out on his first chance for an individual medal coming in fourth by 0.05s.
Britain's relay success continued with the 4 x 200m freestyle women's team picking up a gold with 7:51.65. The team of Ellie Faulkner (1:59.25), Kat Greenslade (1:57.94), Holly Hibbott (1:58.46) and Freya Anderson (1:56.00), who posted the fastest leg of the race despite having only swum in the fifth fastest qualifying time in the 100m freestyle semi-final 20 minutes earlier. Anderson overtook the Russian and held off their challenge (7:52.87) in silver. Lucy Hope had helped the team secure a finals place earlier in the day. Germany claimed bronze in 7:53.76.
Faulkner said: "I was just shouting like crazy, you do it for each other and you know you are one team. We managed to be one team tonight and came out on top!
"Freya is one of the best relay swimmers I have seen in my life. Some of the swims she has done this week are phenomenal. I'm really excited for her future because what she's doing is incredible and hopefully she can keep it up."
Georgia Davies (59.36) won her third medal of the games, this time a silver in the 100m backstroke, and even though she was happy with the result she was disappointed she couldn't better her time in the backstroke leg of the mixed medley relay last night in which she won gold. Anastasiia Fesikova (RUS, 59.19) won gold and Carlotta Zofkova (ITA, 59.61) took the bronze by 0.03s from Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in fourth.
Britain also won a silver through Ben Proud (22.78) in the 50m butterfly, just 0.30s behind Ukraine's world record holder Andriy Govorov (22.48) who broke the Championship Record. Oleg Kostin (RUS, 22.97) claimed bronze.
Molly Renshaw (2:23.43) won a bronze in the 200m breaststroke behind Jessica Vall Montero (ESP, ) in silver. The race that saw team mate Chloe Tutton (Bath National Centre) disqualified.
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (Bath National Centre, 2:09.80) won the first Women's 200m IM semi-final setting up a final showdown with winner of semi-final 2, Katinka Hosszu (HUN, 2:10.49). Aimee Willmott (2:13.09 ) qualified for the final in seventh overall.
Adam Peaty (26.23) once again broke his own Championship record in the 50m breaststroke, while Ross Murdoch (27.39) posted the 10th fastest time in the semis and is Reserve. Fabio Scozzoli (ITA, 26.80) won the other semi-final and is second fastest.
In the 200m backstroke semi-finals Brodie Williams (1:58.66) and Luke Greenbank (1:58.84) narrowly missed out on final places finishing fourth and fifth in the first semi-final won by Grigory Tarasevich (RUS, 1:57.62). Williams and Greenbank ranked 10th and 11th overall behind fastest qualifiers Evgeny Rylov (RUS, 1:55.50) and Radoslaw Kawecki (POL, 1:57.56).
The first semi-final of the Women's 100m Freestyle pitted Freya Anderson (53.90) and Anna Hopkin (Bath National Centre, 55.15) against world record holder Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE, 52.67) who equalled her 2014 Championship record. Anderson beat veteran Federica Pellegrini (ITA, 54.28) but not Femke Heemskerk (NED, 53.35). Winner of the second semi-final was Charlotte Bonnet (FRA, 53.55). Hopkin missed out on the final but gained valuable experience, finishing in 15th.
Simona Quadarella (ITA, 15:51.61) maintained her country's reputation for dominating distance swimming events by extending a 1.45s lead at 800m over Sarah Koehler (GER, 15:57.85) to 6.24s by the finish. Ajna Kesely (HUN, 16:03.22) bronze.
Adam Peaty's quest to become a three-time quadruple European champion took a step closer this morning with a record breaking swim in the heats.
Double Glasgow 2018 champion Adam Peaty, who now has 10 European golds to his name, broke the Championship record in his 50m breaststroke heat, coming home in 26.50.
Ross Murdoch (27.27),who faced disappointment in the 200m breaststroke last night, showed no signs of fatigue this morning winning his heat and qualifying 9th fastest for the semis. Double silver medalist James Wilby (27.44) missed out in 11th place due to only two swimmers progressing from each nation. Scozzoli (ITA, 27.04) qualified second fastest.
Abbie Wood (2:13.65) faced the same situation as Loughborough team mate Wilby as she was eliminated from the 200m IM despite a strong swim that saw her finish just behind Hannah Miley (2:13.60). However this wasn't enough to see the 400m IM medalist progess either due to Siobhan Marie O'Connor (Bath National Centre, 2:11.39) and Aimee Willmott (2:12.64) both winning their heats. O'Connor was second quickest qualifier behind Hungary's Katinka Hosszu (2:11.09).
Teenager Brodie Williams (Millfield, 1:58.62) was the fastest Brit and won his 200m backstroke heat, qualifying fifth overall with Luke Greenbank (1:59.21) taking the second British spot in ninth. Craig McNally (1:59.58) was third fastest Brit in 13th with all three home swimmers facing off in the same heat. Russians Evgeny Rylov (1:56.67) and Grigory Tarasevich (1:57.07) were the fastest qualifiers leaving no opportunity for Kliment Kolesnikov (1:57.31) in third to complete the full set.
Freya Anderson (54.27) and Anna Hopkin (Bath, 55.17) both progressed to the semis of the 100m freestyle in 6th and 16th respectively. Fastest qualifiers are Pernille Blume (DEN, 52.97), Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE, 53.45), Charlotte Bonnet (FRA, 53.90) and Femke Heemskerk (NED, 53.96).
Tom Derbyshire (Bath National Centre, 7:58.26) secured a personal best time in the 800m freestlye swim but this was not enough to see him make the evening final, coming in 16th overall. Jay Lelliot (7:58.67) came in one place behind in 17th. The battle for gold is likely to be between fastest qualifiers Romanchuk (UKR, 7:49.96) and Paltrinieri (ITA,7:50.08).