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Adam Peaty into 100m breaststroke final, Duncan Scott clinches double

Adam Peaty into 100m breaststroke final, Duncan Scott clinches double
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England's Adam Peaty advances to the final of the men's 100m breaststroke and Scotland's Duncan Scott wins two medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

England's defending Commonwealth Games 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty eased his way into the final of the 2022 event in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 2014 and 2018 gold medallist - whose participation in the Games was initially in doubt ue to a foot injury - posted a time of 59.02 seconds in his semi-final to lead the pack.

Compatriot James Wilby (59.85) also made it into the showpiece event by placing first in his semi-final, and plenty of medals belonged to home nations athletes later in the day.

A slice of double delight belonged to Scotland's Duncan Scott, as the 25-year-old won his eighth and ninth Commonwealth Games medals with two marvellous displays.

Scott firstly edged out Tom Dean to win the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:45.02, as his close rival settled for silver after ending with 1:45.41 on the clock.

Scott quickly dusted himself down to compete in the 400m medley final and finish third with 4:11.27, with New Zealand's Lewis Clareburt becoming champion with a new Games record of 4:08.70.

"Real tough double. This Games doesn't quite work in my favour. I think about a week ago they moved the 200m freestyle final back. But it's just one of them, I've done plenty of doubles in my time," Scott told BBC Sport.

"This one is no different, it's just about trying to manage it through the rounds. Thought I did that well this morning. I'm glad it was 400m and not any more."

Meanwhile, there was plenty for England's Ben Proud to feel proud about on Saturday, as he took the men's 50m butterfly title with a Commonwealth Games record time of 22.81 seconds.

"Eight years ago I walked into this competition and took gold. Four years ago I felt that was taken away from me. I said to myself I'd be here four years later and that's what's happened," Proud added.

"I've come in and beat my Games record. I didn't expect to be emotional but it's been a tough one. I'm starting to understand myself and being in the moment."

Imogen Clark also won silver in the women's 50m breaststroke with a new British record of 30.02 seconds, and there was also a second-placed finish in the women's 50m freestyle S13 for Hannah Russell (27.67), with Australian champion Katja Dedekind (26.56) setting a new world record.

Brodie Williams was also just 0.13 seconds off taking gold in the men's 100m backstroke, finishing with a silver medal behind medallist South Africa's Pieter Coetze.

The day's action in the pool closed with the 4x100m freestyle relays, with England's women and men both taking silver behind Australia.

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