Commonwealth Games: Adam Peaty has to settle for silver in men’s 50m breaststroke

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Adam Peaty gets silver in the men’s 50m breaststroke
2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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England’s Adam Peaty had to settle for silver in the 50m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games after a surprise defeat by Cameron van der Burgh.

South African Van der Burgh claimed gold at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in a time of 26.58 seconds while 23-year-old Peaty clocked 26.62.

Wales’ Alys Thomas won gold in the women’s 200m butterfly with a Games record of two minutes 5.45 seconds.

Peaty’s England team-mate James Wilby took bronze in a time of 27.37.

It was a shock loss for Peaty who had been tipped to add a second gold after his victory in the 100m breaststroke.

“It was a great race. Credit to Van der Burgh,” Peaty told BBC Sport. “I’ve been off my best all week.

“In April I’m never this fast so I’ll take it as a positive and move on to the Europeans.”

‘A wake-up call for Peaty’

Peaty finished runner-up to Van der Burgh in the race at Glasgow 2014 and was widely fancied to win it this time around.

However, he was never able to keep up with the former world record holder following a typically quick start by the 29-year-old.

Peaty had said in the wake of his win in the 100m breaststroke final he was “nowhere near pleased” with his display in the pool.

Former freestyle world swimming champion and BBC pundit Mark Foster said during his analysis of the race it was a “wake-up call” for Peaty.

“Cameron van der Burgh did everything right,” Foster said.

“The only way he was going to make Adam start snatching was to get ahead of him. It’s a bit of a wake-up for Adam.

“He didn’t bottle it. You can just see from his two races that things aren’t quite right. I didn’t think Adam would be beaten until he retired.”

Gold for Thomas but Carlin fails to defend title

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Alys Thomas gets first gold in the pool for Wales and games record in the 200m butterfly

Thomas, who only made her major international debut at last year’s World Championships, produced a dominant performance to win Wales’ first medal in the pool of these Games.

The 27-year-old finished ahead of Australia duo Laura Taylor and Emma McKeon as they took silver and bronze respectively.

“I couldn’t see anything. My goggles were smudged up. So I just swam my own race,” Thomas said.

“I bet my coach if I did this I could shave his head so I guess I’m shaving his head!

“I’m 27 and this is my first major international medal. I’m finally breaking through now. It says something about being patient when you’re young.”

However, Wales team-mate Jazz Carlin surrendered her 800m freestyle title as Aussie teenager Ariarne Titmus clinched the gold medal.

Double-Olympic silver medal winner Carlin, 27, finished sixth in the final as 17-year-old Titmus clocked a time of eight minutes and 20.02 seconds.

Jessica Ashwood won silver while Kiah Melverton pipped England’s Holly Hibbott to the bronze as Australia took all three places on the podium.

Carlin won gold at Glasgow 2014 when she became the first Welsh swimmer in 40 years to win a Commonwealth medal.

However, she had no answer to Titmus and finished 17 seconds behind the swimmer 10 years her junior.

Carlin, who carried the flag for Wales at the opening ceremony, has recently started competing in open water swimming.

Guy takes silver against imperious Le Clos

Chad le Clos
Chad le Clos has now won 16 medals at three Commonwealth Games

Chad le Clos set a new Games record in winning the men’s 100m butterfly final as England’s James Guy, 22, took silver.

South African Le Clos won in 50.65 seconds to make it gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and his 16th Commonwealth medal of his career.

England’s James Proud also comfortably qualified for the 50m freestyle final as he clocked a Games record time of 21.30 seconds in his semi-final.

The 23-year-old is joined in the final by compatriots Thomas Fannon and David Cumberlidge after they booked their places in Tuesday’s final.

“There’s still more there,” Proud said. “I can see a few more things for me to work on and fix. I’m giving my all.”

Analysis – Wilby makes his mark

Nick Hope, BBC Sport, on the Gold Coast

Amidst all the shock of Adam Peaty’s defeat let’s not overlook an impressive bronze for team-mate James Wilby.

That’s gold in the 200m, silver in the 100m and bronze in the 50m – making him the most successful breaststroke swimmer of this Commonwealth Games.

Twelve months ago on a training camp in Thailand before his World Championships debut he was practically acting as Peaty’s cameraman – and very good he was too – but I get the feeling he won’t be accepting the role of understudy for much longer.

This will be hard for Peaty to take, but perhaps it’s the kick he needs to really push on over the next two years leading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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