The Luxembourg Euro Meet took place at the end of January at the Aquatic center of d’Coque and British swimmer Adam Peaty added three more gold medals to his collection.
The first gold came on the first day of the meet, when he set an event record by winning the men’s 50m breaststroke in 26.94. He actually bettered his own Euro Meet record from last year, when he finished the race in 27,02. He is now officially the first swimmer in 2018 under 26 seconds.
On the second day, the former City of Derby swimmer claimed the men’s 100m breaststroke gold after stopping the clock at 59.62. But Peaty is a breaststroke specialist and his favorite event is, obviously, the 100m breaststroke; so no wonder he snatches gold after gold in this race. For those out of the loop, Peaty was the top swimmer in the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Olympics, bringing Britain the first gold medal won by a male swimmer in 24 years.
Moreover, he is the current holder of the world record in 50 and 100m breaststroke.
The third medal was obtained as a team effort, as he also was in Britain’s gold-winning 4x100m mixed medley team, where he joined swimmers Chris Walker-Hebborn, Aimee Willmott and Charlotte Atkinson and together they managed to set a record of 3:52:54.
Britain was on the podium twice for this race, as another team which included Sarah Vasey, Kathleen Dawson, Duncan Scott and James Guy, claimed the silver medal.
The international swimming competition in Luxembourg was Peaty’s first long course meet of the 2018 season, so we can say that he started off the year on the right foot. The event is just another stepping stone on the road to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games for the Olympic gold medallist, who hopes to defend his title for Team England in April this year.
The Euro Meet isn’t actually Peaty and his team’s last chance to hone their skills prior to the international multi-sport event, as they are also set to race in the Edinburgh International Meet incorporating the British Championship, which will be held in March.
An interesting fact about Peaty is that he not only wins gold, he also has a heart of gold, and he proved it last year when he gifted one of his hard earned medals to a fan in the crowd at the 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships.