European Championships 2018: Adam Peaty wins gold in 50m breaststroke

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European Championships 2018: Adam Peaty wins gold in 50m breaststroke
2018 European Championships
Venues: Glasgow and Berlin Dates: 2-12 August
Coverage: Live across BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra plus the BBC Sport website with further coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app.

Britain's Adam Peaty set a new championship record to retain the 50m breaststroke title and win his third gold medal at the European Championships in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old clocked 26.09 seconds to beat Italy's Fabio Scozzoli and Slovenia's Peter John Stevens.

Peaty, who has won 11 European titles, has lowered his championship record in each of his three races in the event.

British divers Grace Reid and Ross Haslam earlier won silver.

That and Peaty's gold were Britain's only medals on Wednesday. They remain second in the medal table.

European Championships medal table
Great Britain remain second in the medal table after day seven of competition

Reid and Haslam were beaten by Germany's Lou Massenberg and Tina Punzel in the mixed synchronised 3m springboard.

Reid only linked up with Haslam this year as usual partner Tom Daley - with whom she won European gold in 2016 - has taken a break from the sport.

"I can't give enough credit to Ross," she said. "He has stepped in at the last minute and been fantastic."

Lois Toulson and Robyn Birch finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 10m platform.

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Diving silver for GB's Reid and Haslam

I've still got a job to do - Peaty

World record holder Peaty's victory means he becomes the most successful British swimmer in European competition - overtaking Fran Halsall's tally of 10 gold medals.

He was surprisingly beaten in this event at the Commonwealth Games in April by South African Cameron van der Burgh - ending a four-year unbeaten streak.

"Hopefully next year I can touch that world record again," Peaty told BBC Sport.

"I've still got a job to do in the relay tomorrow, so my emotional level has to come down now."

Peaty also won the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley in Glasgow.

Hopefully I've inspired the juniors - Anderson

In the race before Peaty's, Britain's Freya Anderson finished fourth in the women's 100m freestyle in a new junior European record of 53.61 seconds.

"I'll work on my turns and my start in training, so hopefully then more medals will come," said Anderson, 17.

"Transitioning from junior to senior is difficult so hopefully I've inspired a few of the juniors to do the same."

Britain's Ben Proud set a new British and championship record by clocking 21.11 seconds to win his 50m freestyle semi-final, while James Guy qualified fifth-fastest for the 100m butterfly final.

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Proud powers into men's 50m freestyle final

Team-mate Thomas Fannon finished seventh in the 50m freestyle, while Kathryn Greenslade also came seventh - in her 200m backstroke semi-final.

Imogen Clark set a new British record of 30.04 seconds on her international debut to qualify for the 50m breaststroke final.

She pipped Commonwealth gold medallist Sarah Vasey, who missed out on a place in the final.

Olympic silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O'Connor missed out on a medal in the women's 200m individual medley as rival Katinka Hosszu from Hungary won her fifth title in a row - a feat no other woman has achieved at the European Championships.

O'Connor came fourth, two hundredths of a second behind Switzerland's Maria Ugolkova, with Britain's Aimee Willmott seventh.

Swimming medal table
Britain are second in the swimming medal table - one gold behind Russia

We have to keep that standard up - Davies

In road cycling, Britain's Alex Dowsett finished fifth in the men's time trial, clocking 54 minutes 13 seconds at the scene of his 2014 Commonwealth gold medal.

Team-mate Harry Tanfield, who won silver on the Gold Coast in April, finished 16th in 55:53, while Commonwealth bronze medallist Hayley Simmonds finished eighth in the women's time trial in 44:07.

At Gleneagles, home favourites Laura Davies and Georgia Hall - who won the British Open last weekend - won their first match in the team competition with a 5&4 victory over Spain's Noemi Jimenez and Silvia Banon.

"We had nine birdies and five pars and that will be enough to win most matches," said Davies. "They played well but we didn't give them too many chances.

"But it's only one match and we have to keep that standard up."

In the men's team event, Britain's Callum Shinkwin and Lee Slattery had to settle for half a point from their match with Spain's Santiago Tarrio Ben and David Borda after losing a three-hole lead with six to play.

Duckworth falls short in medal challenge

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GB's Adam Gemili and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake reach the men's 200m final

In Berlin, Briton Tim Duckworth missed out on a medal in the men's decathlon, finishing fifth with 8,160 points after leading with two events to go.

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Adam Gemili both qualified for Thursday's final in the 200m - though 2014 European champion Gemili had a nervous wait after finishing third, before advancing as a fastest loser.

Matthew Hudson-Smith impressively won his semi-final to move into Friday's 400m final but Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Martyn Rooney all failed to qualify.

There will be three British women - Lynsey Sharp, Adelle Tracey and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke - in the women's 800m final on Friday, with Eilidh Doyle and Meghan Beesley qualifying for the 400m hurdles final.

Morgan Lake cleared 1.9m to advance into Friday's women's high jump final, but Nikki Manson failed to qualify in the same event and Sophie McKinna missed out on a medal in the shot put as she came seventh.

Britain's Dan Bramble finished seventh in the long jump final.

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