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Tiaras, grimaces and splashes: the best pictures from the European Championships 2018

As we bid farewell to the first multi-sport European Championships, it wasn’t just the athletes and competitors showcasing their talents in Glasgow and Berlin, the sports photographers present also used the event to demonstrate their own skills and tec…

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Russia trump GB in final tally as European organisers look to 2022

• Men’s 4x100m gold lifts GB to total haul of 74 medals• Russia secure trophy for top spot with 31 gold medalsGreat Britain and Northern Ireland took second place in the overall medal standings as the multi-sport European Championships concluded in Ber…

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Russia trump GB in final tally as European organisers look to 2022

• Men’s 4x100m gold lifts GB to total haul of 74 medals• Russia secure trophy for top spot with 31 gold medalsGreat Britain and Northern Ireland took second place in the overall medal standings as the multi-sport European Championships concluded in Ber…

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Grace Reid channels influence of Tom Daley to snatch 3m springboard gold

• Scot wins European Championships gold with last dive• Reid and Daley won mixed synchro gold together in 2016Tom Daley’s aquatic adventures of late have been restricted to his brave new world of baby bathtime and the paternal enrapture it can bring. E…

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Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel bounce back with wins at Pan Pacs

Ledecky wins 400m freestyle with sixth fastest time in historyDressel wins 100m butterfly after falling in Friday’s 100m freeFor Americans Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel, Saturday was a better day at the Pan Pacific Championships after unexpected los…

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Maddie Groves holds off Katie Ledecky and US freestyle sprinters at Pan Pacs

Cate Campbell, Kyle Chalmers won the 100m frees at Pan Pacs USA lose women’s 4x200m free at first major meet since 2009Cate Campbell has exorcised her Rio demons.She says she’ll no longer be haunted by the “little nightmares” that lingered from 2016 af…

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Adam Peaty spooks rivals to win fourth gold at European Championships

• Peaty leads off GB team in 4x100m medley relay• Britain’s Ben Proud takes gold in 50m freestyleA hat-trick of quadruples or a fourpeat times three. Whichever terminology, it illustrates the mutual affection between Adam Peaty and the European Champio…

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Adam Peaty wins third gold at European Championships with ‘10 out of 10’ swim

• Peaty wins 11th European gold of career in 50m breaststroke• Freya Anderson finishes impressive fourth in 100m freestyleLike a pernickety judge on Strictly Come Dancing, a flawless routine is required to earn a perfect review from Adam Peaty. Yet in …

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Teenagers Cheng and Toulson win diving gold at European Championships

• 15-year-old Cheng competes in her first major competition• Laugher wins gold in men’s springboard eventThe innocence of youth, they say, brings insulation from fear. Eden Cheng, 15 years young, betrayed little sign of nerves or trepidation when she s…

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Freya Anderson holds on in final leg to help Britain to relay gold

World junior champion earns her first senior gold in the pool in GlasgowAsk those who crunch the data in the depths of British Swimming and they mention Freya Anderson with a mixture of glee and optimism.Just 17, the statuesque world junior champion is…

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Timing system fault casts Adam Peaty’s latest world record into doubt

• Officials say starting system had been ‘incorrectly configured’• Error ‘resulted in all reported times being 0.10s faster’The validity of Adam Peaty’s latest world record in the 100 metres breaststroke has been cast into doubt after a fault was disco…

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Adam Peaty smashes world record to win European Championships gold

• British swimmer breaks own record in 100m breaststroke• 23-year-old knocked 0.13sec off mark set at Rio OlympicsBritish swimmer Adam Peaty set a world record for the 100 metres breaststroke on Saturday, clocking 57.00 seconds to win the European Cham…

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Hannah Miley happy as she hangs on to claim 400m individual medley bronze

• Miley claims first British medal in European Championships• Adam Peaty eases into 100m breaststroke final with fast timeIndividual medley swimming is a game of cat and mouse. Causes can seem lost but quickly found. Hannah Miley has been around this b…

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Adam Peaty: ‘I was going in the water thinking I don’t want to be here’

Olympic champion has rediscovered motivation, application and the fun factor as he aims to get back in the swim at the European Championships in GlasgowWhen Adam Peaty’s winning streak was terminated in the Gold Coast in April after four extraordinary …

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European Sports Championships – liftoff for a new spectacle of sport

Athletics take top billing in the 11-day feast of eight sports that begins in Glasgow on Thursday and organisers hope the BBC’s 12 hours of coverage a day will be the start of something bigA neat trick involving a sleight of hand is about to be perform…

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Ledecky overcomes suit malfunction to win 200m free as Kobe Bryant looks on

Ledecky overcomes early-day suit malfunction to win 200m freeAndrew Seliskar touches first in men’s 200m free in surpriseMicah Sumrall previals in 200m breaststroke ahead of Lilly KingKatie Ledecky led all the way to defeat a stacked field in the the 2…

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Ledecky dominates and Dressel underwhelms as US nationals kick off

Katie Ledecky cruises to 11-second victory in 800m freeWorld champion Caeleb Dressel finishes sixth in 100m freeKatie Ledecky cruised to a nearly 11-second victory in the 800m freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the US national championships.Le…

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Ryan Lochte banned 14 months for doping rule violation

Usada announces Lochte suspended due to use of illegal IV12-time Olympic medalist will be sidelined through June 2019Incident casts doubt on Lochte’s plans to swim in 2020 GamesRyan Lochte, the second most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time, ha…

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‘We were forming family’: how LGBT sports grew in the early 1980s

The documentary Light in the Water tells the story of a group of gay men and women who fought against prejudice to swim their way to victoryIn the gay community, there’s an old adage about “alternative families”. Kath Weston wrote about it in her 1997 …

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Former world champion sues over alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by USA Swimming

Ariana Kukors Smith says she was abused by coach while a minorUSA Swimming says it did not find any evidence of misconductOlympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith is suing USA Swimming, alleging the governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her a…