Adam Peaty wins another European gold medal as Britain move to the top of the medal table
Great Britain lead the European Swimming Championships medal table heading into the final day of competition after gold for Adam Peaty who started a medal rush on Saturday night.
Olympic champion Adam Peaty won his third European title of the week with gold in the 50m breaststroke in Budapest.
The 26-year-old, who had previously finished first in the 100m and 4x100m mixed medley relay events, recorded a victory time of 26.21 seconds.
The British mixed 4x100m freestyle relay team capped a memorable evening in the Hungarian capital by also winning gold, while there were other medals for Anna Hopkin, Abbie Wood and Luke Greenbank.
Britain has won 20 medals in 34 events this week: nine gold, seven silver and four bronze.
“It was almost perfect execution there,” Peaty told British Swimming.
“I really just wanted this win and that’s what it is about – finding a win when you can’t do your best – it was just getting your hands on the wall first.
“It’s a great feeling and I was born to run.”
The triumphant relay quartet of Duncan Scott, Tom Dean, Hopkin and Freya Anderson tied the championship record time of three minutes 22.07 seconds.
Previously, Hopkin and Wood had each won their first individual international medals, winning bronze in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 200m individual medley respectively.
Meanwhile, Greenbank, who broke the British record in the 200m backstroke in the heats and semi-finals, was beaten to gold by two-time Russian world champion Evgeny Rylov, finishing 0.16 seconds behind. .
Ben Proud advanced to the men’s 50 freestyle final, while Cassie Wild and Katie Shanahan booked spots in the 200 backstroke medal race.
Elsewhere, Sarah Vasey has made it to the final in the 50m breaststroke and former world champion James Guy has the podium in sight after dominating his semi-final in the 100m butterfly.
At the European Para Swimming World Open Championships in Madeira, Ellie Robinson won the S6 50m butterfly gold, while Jessica-Jane Applegate completed her perfect week record by winning the S14 100m butterfly.
Rio 2016 champion Robinson led from the start to finish ahead of Republic of Ireland Nicole Turner with a time of 36.39.
Applegate went on to claim their fourth European title of the competition, clocking a victory time of 1: 07.47 to add wins in the S14 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and S14 100m backstroke.
The British team of eight athletes finished ninth in the medal table, with five gold, one silver and three bronzes.