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GB’s Peaty breaks breaststroke world record to win gold
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Great Britain’s Adam Peaty broke his own 100m breaststroke world record to retain his European title in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old Olympic and world champion finished in 57.00 seconds – 0.13secs quicker than his previous best time – while team-mate James Wilby grabbed silver following a late surge.

Peaty took a huge lead on the first 50m before pulling away further to win by 1.54secs from fellow Englishman Wilby.

“I can’t believe I beat what I did at the Olympics,” said Peaty.

“I was in perfect shape then – I’m not even in that good shape now. I didn’t try to be in that good shape.”

Great Britain then won a bronze in the mixed 4x200m freestyle relay after a stunning final leg from Freya Anderson who moved up from sixth to third. The three medals in the pool followed the two silver medals won in the rowing at Strathclyde Country Park.

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Peaty bounces back after Gold Coast disappointment

Peaty had suggested in the build-up that he had a point to prove after the Commonwealth Games, where he underwhelmed in winning the 100m breaststroke title and was beaten to the 50m crown by South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh.

“It’s down to the training, down to Mel [Marshall, coach] keeping me humble. Obviously the Commonwealths experience keeping me humble,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I wasn’t in the right frame of mind on the Gold Coast because it was April. I’d never swam a meet like that in April before, but this is the Europeans and I wanted to make my wrongs right.”

He added: “You can’t go out there and fight for a world record, you’ve got to let it come to you.

“It doesn’t matter when it happens, sometimes you just need a loss to give you a reality check – in all walks of life.”

Wilby’s time of 58.54 was not only a personal best but placed him in the top three men’s 100m breaststroke swimmers of all time, behind Peaty and Van der Burgh.

Davies powers into final

Earlier, Georgia Davies broke the European 50m backstroke record in her heat before she won her next race to book a place in Sunday’s final.

The 27-year-old from Wales, who won Commonwealth Games bronze in April, had set a new record time of 27.21secs earlier on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Olympic silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor won her semi-final to reach the women’s 100m breaststroke final, but fellow Briton Imogen Clark missed out.

James Guy reached the 200m butterfly final after finishing second in his semi, while six-time Commonwealth Games medallist Duncan Scott qualified for the men’s 100m freestyle final with the fifth fastest time in the semi-finals.

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‘The perfect race’ – analysis

Rebecca Adlington, double Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer on BBC TV

That was just unbelievable. We’ve talked about Adam Peaty so much coming into this competition and tonight he just put in a perfect race.

I love the fact James Wilby looked at Adam’s time before his own.

Adrian Moorhouse, British former Olympic 100m breaststroke champion

It’s a mark of the man Adam Peaty is – he didn’t do it quite right at the Commonwealths and he’s come back and absolutely obliterated the world record.

He is as good as [American distance swimmer] Katie Ledecky – they are the two dominating swimming around the world at the moment.

It’s a real privilege to see him in such good shape and laying down a real marker at the end of the season.

Archibald goes for gold

Meanwhile, British cyclist Katie Archibald will race for her second gold medal in two days after reaching the women’s individual pursuit final.

Scot Archibald will face Germany’s Lisa Brennauer in Saturday’s final at 19:42 BST, having won team pursuit gold on Friday.

Fellow Briton Elinor Barker failed to add the European women’s points race title to last year’s world crown as she finished 12th.

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In the women’s team gymnastics, Britain fought back from a poor showing on the beam to finish fourth, just over two marks from a medal.

Their line-up of Kelly Simm, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Alice Kinsella, Lucy Stanhope and Taeja James slipped to sixth after the beam but impressive showings on the floor and vault saw them claw their way up the standings.

Russia defended their European title, with France second and the Netherlands taking bronze in Glasgow.

“We definitely showed such fight as a team. I’m absolutely gutted with my beam, but the girls have done so well to pull together,” Simm told BBC Sport.

Britain were without Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler, European all-around champion Ellie Downie, two-time European apparatus champion Becky Downie and world bronze medallist Claudia Fragapane.

Simm and Fenton will compete for medals in individual finals on Sunday.

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