World record and silver medal for Brits in Berlin
22 August 2014
Adam Peaty set a new 50m Breaststroke World record and Molly Renshaw claimed silver in the 200m Breaststroke on day five of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
Renshaw swam an excellent final 50m to come back from fifth place and claim silver in a British record 2:23.82.
"I'm surprised I was able to make it on the last few meters" - Molly RenshawThe 18-year old Commonwealth bronze medallist took over a second off her personal best time to lower the 2006 record and touch ahead of Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero. Denmark’s Rikke Möller Pedersen won the gold medal.
Renshaw said: “A medal was not on my mind, so I’m surprised that I was able to make it on the last few meters and I was able to better my personal best after this busy season.”
Having already set a Championship record in the 50m Breaststroke heats, Peaty produced another great performance in the semi-final.
"I didn't expect this result...I can still improve tomorrow" - Adam PeatyThe City of Derby swimmer touched in 26.62 to lower Cameron Van der Burgh’s 2009 World record and set the first individual World record of the Championship.
Peaty said: “I didn’t expect this result even if I was close to the World record at the Commonwealth Games. It was not a perfect race due to my final touch, so I can still improve tomorrow.”
In the 800m Freestyle Stephen Milne produced a strong finish to touch in a Scottish record 7:50.64 for fourth place, while Jemma Lowe finished sixth in the 100m Butterfly.
Adam Barrett swam a 51.80 personal best to win his 100m Butterfly semi-final and progress into the final second fastest behind Konrad Czerniak (Poland).