Adam Peaty wins bronze on opening day of Euro Short CourseDecember 13, 2017
Adam Peaty won 50m Breaststroke bronze with a British record on the opening night of the 2017 European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen.
The 22-year old lowered his own national marker to 25.70 to finish just 0.08 seconds off top spot in Denmark.
Peaty has enjoyed another stellar season, nominated for BBC Sport Personality of the Year for the fourth consecutive year after winning double gold at the World Championships in Budapest.
Reaching the short course podium was no penalty kick for the Loughborough University swimmer, whose sights are set on Commonwealth glory for England in Gold Coast next April.
But Peaty showed typical fighting spirit to put himself in the frame for another title, finishing behind Fabio Scozzoli (25.62) and Kirill Prigoda (25.68) as all three ducked under the existing European record.
“I’m a long-course swimmer basically and I’m preparing for the 2018 season, especially for the Commonwealth Games,” said Peaty.
“We haven’t worked much on the turns and finishes so I came here to see where we have to improve. ”
While Peaty was landing his third European Short Course medal at his third Championships, 16-year old Emily Large is making her maiden senior international appearance in Denmark.
Large reaches final in first event of maiden Europeans
The Newcastle Swim Team swimmer, who won World Junior gold over 200m Fly earlier this season, grabbed an outside lane for the 400m Individual Medley.
She improved on her heat time in the final, touching in 4:39.01 to finish eighth.
British 200m Breaststroke record holder Jocelyn Ulyett is also making her European Short Course debut in Denmark.
The Loughborough University swimmer was 23rd in the 50m Breaststroke, clocking 31.01 in her heat.
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