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Adam Peaty opens Glasgow 2018 with Championship record

Adam Peaty laid down a marker with a 100m Breaststroke Championship record in the opening session of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

The Olympic champion stopped the clock on 57.89 in the heats of the 100m Breaststroke, leading qualifiers by more than a second.

The time beat his own previous Championship best – a 58.36 effort to retain the title in London two years ago.

English teammate James Wilby was second fastest into tonight’s semis, winning his heat in a personal best 59.12.

The time beat his previous lifetime best of 59.43, set on the way to silver behind Peaty at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

Aimee Willmott in the water after winning her 400m IM heat at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships

Commonwealth champion Aimee Willmott reaches 400m IM final

Another of England’s Commonwealth heroes – Aimee Willmott – also impressed in the opening session in Scotland.

The double Olympian won 400m Individual Medley gold on the Gold Coast, and won her heat in Glasgow to book her spot in the European final.

Willmott touched in 4:38.28 to qualify second fastest behind France’s Fantine Lesaffre (4:36.17).

WIllmott narrowly missed out on a 400m IM medal at the Europeans two years ago, finishing fourth, but won 200m IM silver and 400m IM bronze at the 2014 Championships in Berlin.

Newcastle Swim Team’s Nick Pyle also impressed on his European debut, clocking 25.49 to progress in 17th from the 50m Backstroke heats.

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