As the 2018 Glasgow European Championships draws into its last couple of days, Adam Peaty’s four gold medals have rocketed Great Britain to second place in the overall medal table.
Peaty has been dominant in the pool at these European Championships, claiming a sensational four gold medals with wins in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 4x100m mixed medley relay and the 4x100m men’s medley relay.
The 23-year-old already broke his own world record earlier in the competition in the 100m breaststroke and will be undoubtedly pleased with his personal medal haul.
As well as Peaty, 17-year-old Freya Anderson has also taken four medals this competition following her fantastic last leg as part of the bronze medal-winning 4x200m freestyle mixed team’s success on day three. Anderson has gone on to pick up three more medals in the 4x100m freestyle mixed relay (gold), 4x200m freestyle women’s relay (gold) and the 4x100m medley women’s relay (bronze) since.
On top of this, the Ellesmere College Titans swimmer set a European Junior Record in the 100m freestyle women’s final with a time of 53.61 seconds, finishing narrowly outside the medals.
Ben Proud was also successful in the pool as he claimed the 50m freestyle European title for the first time in his career. Thursday’s action saw the swimming come to an end, with Great Britain finishing with nine golds and 24 total medals in the pool to equal their previous best haul at a European Championships.
Jack Laugher’s two gold and three overall medals in Glasgow cap yet another successful competition for the diver, who enjoyed success at the Gold Coast in April. Triumphing in the 1m springboard and the 3m springboard as well as a silver in the 3m synchronised final with Chris Mears, Laugher has once again stapled himself as the sport’s best.
Elsewhere, Ethan Hayter picked up his third medal of the Championships as he secured the men’s Madison bronze after a solid ride. Laura Kenny also tasted success as she claimed gold in the women’s elimination race.
Jess Learmonth took silver in the first triathlon event in Glasgow following an event-best swim of 17:55 in the women’s competition on Thursday.
With 52 total medals, spread evenly across the board with 18 gold, 18 silver and a final 15 bronze, Great Britain trail medal-toppers Russia by one total medal and seven golds after eight days of competition.
With the final events taking place this weekend, there is plenty of action still to come, with the artistic gymnastics men’s finals, golf, open water swimming, BMX, diving and triathlon events.