Adam Peaty wins 100m breaststroke gold at European Short Course Championships

Britain's Adam Peaty celebrates.
Adam Peaty's new best still short of South African Cameron van der Burgh's world record of 55.61 seconds

Britain's Olympic champion Adam Peaty won 100m breaststroke gold at the European Short Course Championships.

The 22-year-old, who took bronze in the 50m event earlier in the week, set a new European record of 55.94 seconds in the 100m final in Copenhagen.

Peaty's first major title in a short-course competition came on the night team-mate Ben Proud added 50m butterfly bronze to his medal haul.

Short-course competitions take place in a 25m pool rather than 50m pool.

"I knew it was going to be a tussle and it's great to grow that experience as it's only going to help me get quicker," said Peaty, who gave away his gold medal to a young girl in the crowd.

World champion Proud's success in the butterfly event follows his 50m freestyle silver medal on Friday.

"Going into the final with a good time I thought I could move it on, but with a 50 it sometimes doesn't go to plan, but my mindset was good and I've learnt more about approaching finals," he said.

"I think there's still more there and I think I can go quite a bit faster."

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