Britain bag triple gold in Berlin

Chris Walker-Hebborn has added the European title to his Commonwealth gold after winning the 100m backstroke title in Berlin

Chris Walker-Hebborn has added the European title to his Commonwealth gold after winning the 100m backstroke title in Berlin

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Great Britain claimed three gold medals at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin on Tuesday night as they smashed the world record in the mixed 4x100 metres medley.

GB already had six medals from their evening's work to go with the two bronze claimed on Monday when Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Jemma Lowe and Fran Halsall stood on the edge for the final race of the night.

And the quartet did not disappoint, coming home in three minutes 44.02 seconds to break the previous record set by Australia in January by 2.5secs.

Holland were 1.91secs behind in claiming silver with Russia taking bronze.

For Walker-Hebborn and Peaty, relay success brought their second golds of the night as they finished top of the podium in the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke respectively.

Walker-Hebborn staged a late surge to win gold as he overhauled 2011 world champion Jeremy Stravius and Germany's Jan-Philip Glania in the final metres to claim victory in a time of 53.32 seconds.

His win capped a glorious month for the University of Bath athlete who had also won 100m backstroke gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Peaty also grabbed gold as he pipped team-mate Ross Murdoch to win the 100m breaststroke title.

Peaty - who like Walker-Hebborn had also won gold in the same event in Glasgow - touched home in 58.96 seconds with Murdoch settling for silver 0.47 seconds behind.

Halsall also claimed two medals on Tuesday night, having earlier won bronze in the 50m butterfly behind Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem and Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen.

There was a silver medal for Lizzie Simmonds in the women's 200m backstroke as she finished 0.29secs behind Spain's Duane Da Rocha.

Ben Proud also picked up a bronze medal in the men's 50m butterfly after dramatically dead-heating for third place with Andriy Govorov of Ukraine, with both swimmers recording an identical time of 23.31 seconds.

Also on Tuesday night, Adam Barrett finished seventh in the men's 50m butterfly while Roberto Pavoni qualified for Wednesday's 200m medley final.

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