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SWIMMING: Adam Peaty pleased with medal haul

England's (left to right) Adam Brown, Adam Barrett, Adam Peaty and Chris Walker-Hebborn collect their gold medals for the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final

England's (left to right) Adam Brown, Adam Barrett, Adam Peaty and Chris Walker-Hebborn collect their gold medals for the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final

England breaststroke specialist Adam Peaty admitted winning unexpected relay gold was the perfect way to end his sensational Commonwealth Games.

Peaty said: "If you had said at the start of the season that I would come away from the Commonwealth Games with two golds and a silver I would have said 'no way'.

"The training has paid off and it has just been so great to be a part of such a successful team.

"When it comes down to these team events, it is such a great feeling.

"They almost eclipse the individual efforts. We performed so well this whole meet as Team England and to come away with that relay gold is something special."

The triumph took England's medal haul in the pool to 28 and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor helped secure six of them.

The 18-year-old finished off her Games by securing silver in the women's relay to join the likes of Francesca Jones of Wales on six Glasgow 2014 medals, although South African Chad le Clos beat her tally when he claimed his seventh in the final race.

O'Connor said: "I'm so chuffed with getting those six medals. Coming into these Games I didn't think I'd be standing here with so many. It's a dream come true really and what a last race it was as well.

"There is such a good feeling in Team England right now and we've had such a good time as a team. There is a great atmosphere in the camp.

"People have swam out of their skins and it is great to be part of that. I'm so proud."

Wales also had plenty of cause to celebrate after taking their medal tally in the pool to a record seven following gold for Georgia Davies, silver for Jazz Carlin and bronze for Daniel Jervis, whose late surge got him into the top three in the 1500m freestlye as he knocked 11 seconds off his personal best.

"It is so overwhelming, I can't believe it," the 18-year-old Jervis said. "I don't want to take my flag off my shoulders. Oh my days, I'm so happy.

"That was not what I expected at all. I was hoping for top five at best.

"But with 1,000 metres to go I was coming in fourth or fifth and I could see the guy in lane one and thought to myself: 'I do not want him to beat me today'.

"I could see the Welsh flags in the crowd and though: 'Nah, I'm doing it for those now'."

Scotland also had cause to celebrate as Daniel Wallace claimed his third medal of the games and the host nation's 10th in the pool when he staged a brilliant comeback to bag silver in the 200m individual medley.

The 21-year-old said: "I just took it all in and I'm just so thankful for the fans, Team Scotland and my family for this past week. It's been really special.

"This is the best competition I've been to ever in my life. I don't think anything will ever top this."

 

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