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Peaty wins third gold in European Championships

Thumbs up for Adam Peaty in the 50m breast stroke. Credit: David Ebener/DPA/Press Association Images

Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty has won his third gold medal in the pool at the European Championships in Berlin.

The 19-year-old, who swims for the City of Derby, won gold in the 50m breast stroke after breaking the world record for the event in the semis.

He can now add his newest medal to a trophy cabinet which includes two other golds in Berlin for the 100m breaststroke and the 4x100m relay.

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Uttoxeter's Peaty breaks breaststroke world record

Adam Peaty in action earlier this week Credit: Hannibal Hanschke/DPA/Press Association Images

Adam Peaty from Uttoxeter has broken the 50m swimming world record for breaststroke at the European Championships in Berlin.

The 19-year-old bettered Cameron van der Burgh's 2009 record, setting a new standard of 26.62 seconds.

That was in the semi-final of the event, and vowed he had plenty leftover for Saturday's final.

I didn't expect this result, even if I was close to the world record at the Commonwealth Games.

It was not a perfect race due to my final touch, so I can still improve tomorrow.

– Adam Peaty

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'Gruesome' Portuguese Man-of-war sting for swimmer

An extreme swimmer from Nottinghamshire, who is the only Briton ever to complete the Oceans Seven challenge, has described the 'gruesome' pain of being stung by a Portuguese Man-of-war.

Adam Walker still managed to complete his seven swims that took place all over the world, and on one he was protected from a shark by dolphins!

Swimmer describes moment dolphins keep shark away

An extreme swimmer from Nottinghamshire has described the 'unbelievable' moment dolphins protected him from a shark.

Adam Walker was swimming in the Cook Strait near New Zealand, as part of a challenge to swim seven of the toughest open water routes in the world.

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Dolphins protect extreme swimmer from shark

Extreme swimmer Adam Walker from Nottinghamshire has been protected from a shark by a pod of dolphins.

The shark was lurking underneath him in the Cook Strait in New Zealand when the dolphins formed a protective ring around him, even after it had gone they stayed with him for another hour.

Adam from Kelham has become the only Briton ever to successfully complete the world's toughest open water challenge, Oceans Seven.

Only 4 people in the world have ever achieved this.

Adam's impressive list of watery conquests:

  • English Channel, 21 miles (34km), July 2008 - completed in 11 hours 35 mins and sparking the ambition to swim the hardest seven oceans in the world
  • Strait of Gibraltar, 8 miles (13km), July 2010 - completed in 9 hours 39 mins (British record) and the first Brit to swim from Spain to Morocco and back again
  • Moloka'i Channel, Hawaii, 26 miles (42km), July 2012 - completed in 17 hours 2 mins after overcoming tiger sharks and first Brit to cross successfully
  • Catalina Channel, US, 21 miles (34km) October 2012 - completed in 12 hours 15 mins in darkness and fog
  • Tsugaru Strait, Japan, 12 miles (19km), August 2013 - completed in 15 hours 31 min, the first Brit to swim across the unpredictable channel through dangerous marine life
  • Cook Strait, New Zealand, 16 miles (26km), April 2014 - completed in 8 hours 36 mins after being rescued from a 6ft shark by dolphins.
  • Crossing the Irish Channel from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, to Stranraer in southwest Scotland. In hypothermia-inducing water temperature and strong currents, a distance of 21 miles (34km)

One hundred swimmers take part in artistic protest

Swimmers standing in the empty pool at Moseley Road Baths Credit: Attilio Fiumarella

The 100 Swimmers, a project by photographer Attilio Fiumarella, saw the empty Gala Pool at Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath filled with swimmers, photography fans, city heritage enthusiasts and community supporters.

It was in reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the historic building permanently in 2015.

100 swimmers from across the UK took part Credit: Lyle Bignon

It also completed a community photographic project entitled The Swimmers which is on show at the Old Print Works in Birmingham until Wednesday 23 July 2014.

Attilio Fiumarella has been working to document the under-threat Grade-II Moseley Road Baths building over the past few months.

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Ellie Simmonds to start swimming challenge in Coventry

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds will be back in the Midlands this weekend to start British Gas' SwimBritain challenge.

The four-person relay event aims to encourage 500,000 people to swim more regularly by 2015.

Ellie Simmonds shows off her London 2012 medals Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Ellie will open the event at Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre this morning, and will be joined by Olympians Ross Davenport, Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck.

Eighteen-year-old Ellie, from Walsall, is a four-time Paralympic gold medallist and World Champion.

Montreal hat-trick for Simmonds

Stephanie Millward claimed two golds and Ellie Simmonds completed her Montreal hat-trick as Great Britain finished their IPC World Championships campaign second in the medal table.

Simmonds at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Millward took the 100m backstroke title and was a member of the 4x100m medley relay team who took more than six seconds off their world record, while Simmonds came out on top in the 100m freestyle.

Stephanie Millward at last year's Olympic and Paralympic parade Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

With four silvers and two bronzes also bagged on the final night, Great Britain finished with 55 medals in total - including 18 golds - to finish behind only Ukraine in the standings.

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