SJOSTROM AND PEATY ENJOY GOLDEN MOMENTS
19 AUGUST 2014, BERLIN
Arena swimmers Sarah Sjostrom and Adam Peaty both won gold medals on the second night of the European Championships in Berlin.
Sarah set a new world record in the 50m butterfly last month and tonight she continued her consistent form to become European champion.
Adam added the 100m breaststroke title to the Commonwealth gold he won last month and he also swam the breaststroke leg – with Fran Halsall on the anchor - as Great Britain set a new world record in the 4x100m mixed relay.
Sarah consistently dips inside the 25-second mark in the one-length butterfly and tonight she won in 24.98secs with fellow Arena swimmer Fran third in 25.39.
The Swede describes the secret of her success as not breathing during her race as well as training with lots of men.
“Training at it every day! When I sprint in training I try not to breathe all the time.
“That is what I have to do because the boys are always training ahead of me.”
Fran was also really happy with her bronze medal to add to her double Commonwealth gold.
She revealed her goggles had snapped just before the race and was chattering away after the medal ceremony.
She said: “To get in and swim that fast in that kind of race with that kind of pressure I am really happy with myself. It’s the second fastest time I’ve ever done.”
After she swam the freestyle leg for the GB quartet’s world record mark of 3:44.02, she revealed she had had a pat on the back from the mascot Drops after coming off the podium.
Of her plans for the next few days, the Briton was going to prepare for the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle having already taken in some of the sights.
“I had a bit of a look when I got here – I went and saw the Brandenburg Gate and did some sightseeing.
“So tomorrow and the day after I am going to relax and have a bath because I have got a bath in my room. It is the best thing ever.
“I am just going to lounge in the bath and have a nice cup of tea and just enjoy life.”
Adam had a fear of water as a child but now he is European and Commonwealth 100m breaststroke champion.
He won in 58.96 with fellow Arena swimmer Daniel Gyurta locked out of the medals in fourth.
“That was going to be hard getting under the time from last night: 58.6, that was a massive high,” he said.
“Came here tonight with the objective of gold so it’s objective completed.
“I just train my best and the results are coming now so hopefully I can carry that on for a few more years now and perform my best each time.”
He paid tribute to coach and former world, European and Commonwealth medallist Mel Marshall saying: “She has been there, done it 1000 times. She knows what’s going on. It is a massive help.”
Frenchman Jeremy Stravius was second in the 100m backstroke in 53.64 with Jenny Mensing of Germany seventh in the 200m backstroke.
Laszlo Cseh heads the field as he seeks his fifth straight 200m individual medley title while Olympic and world champion Yannick Agnel is seventh into the 200m freestyle final.