Adam Peaty Pulls Away for 50 Breast European Title, Third-Fastest Time Ever

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After setting a world record in the 100 breast earlier in the week, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty won gold in the 50 breast by seven-tenths. Peaty failed to take gold in the 50 breast earlier this year at the Commonwealth Games, finishing second behind Cameron van der Burgh, but he was back in sizzling form in Glasgow.

Peaty touched in 26.09, 14-hundredths off his own world record of 25.95. That broke his championship record of 26.23 from Tuesday’s semi-finals. The time was the third-fastest performance in history, and no one else has ever been quicker than 26.52. Peaty was nearly dead even with the field after 25 meters, but he left the rest of the field in the dust after that.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli was the best of the rest, touching in 26.79. Scozzoli has been just a bit quicker this year, ranking third in 26.73. Bronze went to Slovenia’s Peter John Stevens in 27.06.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (27.18) and Serbia’s Caba Siladji (27.20) just missed medals. The Netherlands’ Tie Elzerman (27.24), Germany’s Fabien Schwingenschlogl (27.29) and Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich (27.32) also swam in the heat.