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English swimmers make encouraging start to 2016 Europeans

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The European Aquatics Championships kicked off last night with Adam Peaty, Aimee Willmott, Fran Halsall and Ben Proud all taking to the pool in their first events of London 2016.

Aimee Willmott was less than a second away from becoming the first English medallist of the Championships, finishing in fourth place in the 400m Individual Medley with a 4:40.08 effort.

There was some consolation for the British team as Scotland’s Hannah Miley claimed a silver in the same event, with 4:35.27.

In the semi-final events, Peaty came one step closer to defending his 100m Breaststroke title, dominating his semi-final to qualify top with 58.74.

Halsall also put in a strong performance in her semi-final, clocking 25.35 in her 50m Butterfly semi, ahead of the reigning champion Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.

Proud swam his 50m Butterfly semi-final last night too, touching in 23.42 to progress second fastest to the final.

  • Click here to view full results of the London 2016 European Championships
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