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Peaty and Benson on form on opening day in Portugal

18 July 2013

Adam Peaty and Craig Benson posted world class times as they claimed a one-two over 100m Breaststroke on the opening day of the Portuguese National Championships in Familicao.

City of Derby’s Peaty ultimately took the touch in the final, winning in 1:00.62 while Warrender Baths swimmer Benson clocked a season’s best 1:00.80 for silver.

There were plenty more medals as Danielle Lowe, Adam Barrett, Rachael Kelly and Sophie Smith all won individual titles in Portugal.

Bebington's Lowe was a class above in the women's 100m Breaststroke as she qualified more than 2.5 seconds clear of the field with a personal best 1:09.06 in the heats, then snuck underneath her PB again with a 1:09.05 effort for gold in the final.

"It was a great night at the pool tonight - the swimmers really stepped up and got us off to a great start to the meet," - Team Manager Mel MarshallBarrett became just the fifth Brit of all time to break 24 seconds for 50m Butterfly as he won gold.

The Loughborough University swimmer set a personal best 24.09 to qualify fastest from the heats, before lowering his PB again to win the final in 23.98.

Kelly (Loughborough University) also set a lifetime best for 50m Butterfly gold, becoming the fourth fastest Brit in history as she won in 26.76.

Smith followed Kelly home in 27.95 for silver before claiming her own gold medal over 50m Backstroke, the British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer taking the touch in 30.15.

Click here to follow live results from Portugal.Lincoln Vulcans’ Maya Westlake lowered her personal best to 30.86 to win the ‘B’ final of the 50m Back – a time which would have landed her bronze in the ‘A’ final.

Finally, Camden Swiss Cottage swimmer Olivia Willis clocked a personal best 28.87 to touch second in the ‘B’ final of the 50m Butterfly.

Team Manager Mel Marshall said: "It was a great night at the pool tonight with six wins and three silvers.

"The swimmers really stepped up and got us off to a great start for the meet.

"We are really bonding as a team and the future is bright for Rio with the fantastic attitude of this professional group"
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