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

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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 finishing behind South African Cameron van der Burgh.

Van der Burgh claimed gold in a time of 26.58 seconds while 23-year-old Peaty clocked 26.62.

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

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

“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.

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 Mark Foster said 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.

“I didn’t think Adam would be beaten until he retired.”

Carlin fails to defend 800m freestyle title

Earlier, Wales’ Jazz Carlin surrendered her 800m freestyle title as Australian teenager Ariarne Titmus clinched the gold medal.

Double Olympic silver medallist 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 as she 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.

Proud sets new Games record

England’s Ben Proud 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 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.”

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