England's Peaty beats Olympic champ to gold

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Gold medallist England's Adam Peaty poses on the podium during the Men's 100m Breaststroke medal ceremony at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 26, 2014
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Gold medallist England's Adam Peaty poses on the podium during the Men's 100m Breaststroke medal ceremony at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 26, 2014 (AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk)

Glasgow (AFP) - England's Adam Peaty claimed Commonwealth gold in the men's 100m breaststroke in a new Games record time of 58:94sec in Glasgow on Saturday.

The 19-year-old edged out Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa into silver.

And Scotland's Ross Murdoch added to his 200m breaststroke gold by claiming the hosts' sixth swimming medal of the Games with bronze.

"It's a major stepping stone for me and for my country at the moment," said Peaty.

"The swimmers have had a few difficult times through 2012 and 2013, but the support and morale is great at the moment."

And with Murdoch, Olympic silver medallist in the 200m breaststroke Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis all competing for spots on the Great Britain team for the 2014 Rio Olympics, Peaty insisted he has plenty more scope for improvement in the next couple of years.

"There is definitely more to come through training and racing, so I'm just getting started really.

"You can't put your feet up with people like Ross, Jamieson and Willis in the 200m as well. I think that is ia good thing. It keeps you on your toes and it is just nice to be up there with those guys competing.

"I am having fun at the same time so I can't ask for any more."

World record holder Van der Burgh was left frustrated having turned for home in front at the 50 metre mark and believes he possibly should have targetted 200m gold rather than trying to retain his 100m title.

"It was a lot harder than expected. Last night I was very, very easy and then tonight I just seized up in the last 25 metres.

"I think it is back to the drawing board. We tried to change a few things up, but I think I should have swum the 200m rather than the 100m.

"When I turned ahead I thought I had it for sure because in the training in the warm-up we were looking better than in the Olympics, but things don't always go to plan so I rather it was this year than any other year."

Van der Burgh and Christian Sprenger have dominated the 50 and 100m breaststroke events at the world level in recent years, but with the Australian not even making the final, Van der Burgh believes the emergence of Murdoch and Peaty will make retaining his Olympic title in Rio even more difficult.

"I was coming into the competition expecting to have a big duel with Sprenger. It was unfortunate that he couldn't be here, but the juniors showed the old guys a thing or two so it is good motivation to keep working hard for the next two years."

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