Throwback Thursday: Treble double delight for Peaty on the World stage

The World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju gave us a glimpse at the next generation of great swimmers, but it was a current superstar who stole the show.

Adam Peaty finished the event with three gold medals and a world record as he underlined his position as arguably the greatest male breaststroker of all time.

Peaty, the reigning LEN European Short Course 100m champion, completed the treble double in the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the worlds, before playing a leading role in Great Britain’s stunning 4x100m medley relay gold.

Peaty had gone 56.88 in the semi-final of the 100m, becoming the first man to break the 57-second barrier. In fact no one else has even dipped under 58 seconds.

And after his two individual golds, Peaty split 57.20 as part of Britain’s victorious medley relay. Remarkably, that was not even the most impressive leg of the relay. Setting off more than a second behind five-time Olympic champion Nathan Adrian, Duncan Scott produced the second fastest 100m freestyle split of all time, coming home in 46.14 to stun the Americans.

That was Scott’s second medal in South Korea, after claiming bronze in the 200m freestyle. Luke Greenbank had led off the relay, adding that gold to his 200m backstroke bronze, with James Guy on the butterfly leg.

Aside from the British stars, there were a number of other standout European performances, notably 19-year-old Hungarian Kristof Milak.

He took gold in the 200m butterfly, smashing Michael Phelps’ ten-year-old world record in the process.

There was also a world record in the 200m breaststroke, where Anton Chupkov took half a second off Ippei Watanabe’s previous mark on the way to gold.

Fellow Russian Evgeny Rylov also enjoyed a fine Championships, with gold in the 200m backstroke, along with a further three silvers and a bronze.

On the women’s side, Katinka Hosszu continues to dominate the medley events, winning both the 200m and 400m medley, with compatriot Boglarka Kapas earning 200m butterfly gold.

Finally Sarah Sjostrom claimed five medals over the course of the meet, including gold in the 50m butterfly.

The question still remains, which of these stars will we see at Tollcross ISC in December when Euro Swim 2019 rolls into town?

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT OPENS ON MONDAY 22 JULY FOR THREE MAJOR GLASGOW EVENTS

Glasgow Life has launched volunteer recruitment for the three next major sporting events to come to Glasgow; LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship and UEFA EURO 2020. Applicants can choose which event they’d like to be involved in, whether it’s one, two or even all three! Taking place in one of Europe’s most vibrant and welcoming cities, volunteers have the chance to get involved with some of the biggest international sporting events in the world.

Applications open Monday 22 July 2019 and will close on Sunday 25 August 2019 for a variety of roles including supporting spectators and visitors to the city during the events. Glasgow’s reputation for its friendly, welcoming and supportive residents already shines through from the thousands of people who have previously volunteered at events like the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships.

Bailie Norman MacLeod, Board Member of Glasgow Life, said: “Our city is one of the top five sporting cities in the world and this accolade has been achieved with the support of the thousands of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who engage with major sporting events every single year.

“We also regularly top the tables when it comes to being one of the friendliest cities in the world, which won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has experienced the warm Glasgow welcome at any sporting event in recent years. Our volunteers provide the first hello and last goodbye to event spectators, and they always ensure everyone leaves with a smile on their face.

“The next three major sporting events in the city are set to be huge successes and I’d encourage anyone interested in volunteering to get involved!”

Highlighting the positive benefits of volunteering for both physical and mental health, Rob Crerar, 63, from Helensburgh said, “For me, volunteering is about offering up your skills to help others: I can be the person to assist someone visiting our city for the first time, and that’s very important to me.

“Most importantly, it’s very rewarding and you’re guaranteed to make friends and learn new skills so don’t overthink it and just give it a try.”

Across all three events, more than 1,000 volunteers will participate in some of the biggest events in the world, providing support and a friendly, welcoming face to spectators, athletes, fans, staff and more.

Training is provided for each role and volunteers have the flexibility to request shift days which complement their existing schedule, whether it’s after work, university or in their free time.

Mary Crearie, 52, from Balornock shared some advice for this year’s applicants, “There’s nowhere better in the world to live than Glasgow and so there’s nowhere better to volunteer than Glasgow!

“We are all so proud of our city and events like these are the perfect opportunity to show it off on the world stage. Look at the different opportunities available and have a think about what you’d be best suited too – and then just go for it!”

Each event will bring something unique and highly exciting to the city, with the first being LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships between 4-8 December 2019. Taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, spectators will watch as European champions are crowned over five days of rip-roaring action in Glasgow, with swimmers competing in 40 short course medal events. Held every two years, the championships will take on further importance in 2019, as it will mark the event’s 20th edition making it an extra special occasion for volunteers to participate in. With the chance to join official ambassador Hannah Miley and mascot Bonnie the Seal, the event is a fantastic opportunity to experience one of swimming’s premier events.

Next on Glasgow’s sports agenda is the highly anticipated LGT World Men’s Curling Championship as it returns to the home of curling in 2020. Taking place at the iconic Emirates Arena between 28 March – 5 April next year, 13 teams from the UK, Europe, Canada, USA and Asia will compete in the annual event. The 2020 event will be the first time Scotland has hosted the event since 2000 making it a particularly exciting event for volunteers to be part of.

Completing the trio of international sporting events, UEFA EURO 2020 will grace the city next summer with Glasgow joining 11 other European cities as hosts to a very special 60th edition of the Tournament. As a host city, Glasgow will stage four matches at Hampden Park and offer an exciting programme of activity throughout the 31 days of the Tournament in what is the biggest-ever football event to come to Scotland.

The Volkswagen Mobility Maker Host City Volunteer Programme – which presents an entirely separate opportunity to UEFA’s stadium-based volunteer programme – spans across the entire Tournament and will see volunteers facilitate fan movement, showcasing what Glasgow has on offer during the event while helping to contribute to the festival atmosphere and excitement of such a high profile, unique event for the city.

Volunteering also brings with it new friends, new experiences and lots of laughter, as described by a regular volunteer for the city’s events Sandra Wilson, 58, from Carntyne “The rewards you get from volunteering will outweigh anything else. You’ll also get your own fair share of stories to tell. During Glasgow 2014 I had to patiently explain to a group of Rugby 7s players that Sauchiehall Street was not, in fact, pronounced “Sausage Roll Street”. Things like that will always keep you laughing and smiling. Volunteers are a happy bunch and the happiness spreads to everyone you meet.”

Sandra’s partner Robert Wilson, 57, from Carntyne said, “Being born and bred in the east end, I’m fiercely proud of my city and I am always keen to promote Glasgow no matter where I am in the world. We’ve come so far and made such a name for ourselves in recent history – and these major events are the perfect opportunity to show off!”

George Thomson, Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland said: “Hosting these mega sporting events will again offer Glasgow and its people the opportunity to shine. It’s brilliant to see the organisers reaching out to all people to volunteer. We’re delighted to work with Glasgow Life to remove barriers to ensure that everyone, no matter their circumstances, can fully enjoy their volunteer experience.”

Volunteers can apply for all three events; LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, LGT World Men’s Curling Championship and UEFA Euro 2020 from Monday 22 July until Sunday 25 August here.

Buy tickets for LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships from www.euroswim2019.com/tickets/

Buy tickets for LGT World Men’s Curling Championship from www.wmcc2020.com/fan-packages-and-tickets/

Throwback Thursday – Scott shines at the 2019 British Swimming Champs

Duncan Scott was the standout performer of the 2019 British Swimming Championships as he walked away with three gold medals and two silvers in a successful week of competition.

The event was held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, where the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships will take place later this year.

The University of Stirling swimmer proved unbeatable in his preferred freestyle events, while also adding a medley title and a pair of butterfly medals.

The pick of the performances came in the 100m freestyle, with Scott breaking the British record as he touched home in 47.87 to announce himself as one of the very best in the world.

Scott also enjoyed a friendly rivalry with James Guy over the course of the week and while Guy got the better of him in both fly events, Scott took home the 200m freestyle.

Elsewhere Adam Peaty was a class apart in the breaststroke events, winning both the 50m and 100m, while James Wilby took home the 200m after silver in the 100m.

On the women’s side, both Georgia Davies and Alys Thomas were in fine form as they took 50m and 100m golds in the backstroke and butterfly respectively.

Meanwhile Freya Anderson broke a British age group record in the 100m freestyle on her way to the title and Aimee Willmott emerged victorious on the opening night in the 400m medley.

Finally, there was double glory for Dan Jervis in the 400m and 1500m freestyle, the latter a particularly impressive swim as he touched home in 14:46.51.

Throwback Thursday – Rising stars make their name at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Tollcross International Swimming Centre has got used to hosting major international swimming meets but go back five years and most people were still getting their first look at the pool in Glasgow.

It was in July 2014 that the Commonwealth Games went to Glasgow and in the pool a number of swimmers announced themselves to the rest of the world.

Chief among them was Adam Peaty, now one of the greatest male breaststroke swimmers of all time but then still searching for his first major international medal.

It came in the 100m, where he got the better of Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa, breaking the 59-second barrier in the process.

Peaty has gone from strength to strength since then, and also added medley relay gold and 50m breaststroke silver in his breakthrough performance.

That was far from the only landmark outing at the Games, with Ben Proud also claiming his first international titles in Glasgow.

Proud was the sprint king, taking gold in the 50m freestyle and the 50m butterfly, as well as contributing to the 4x100m freestyle relay bronze.

Elsewhere, Hannah Miley, Official Ambassador for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow later this year, produced a games record on her way to retaining the 400m individual medley title.

And Ross Murdoch imitated her in setting a new Commonwealth Games mark in one of the races of the meet, seeing off fellow Scot and Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson in the 200m breaststroke.

As well as Ben Proud, home swimmers also dominated the women’s sprint events with Fran Halsall taking 50m free and 50m fly gold for England, while Georgia Davies won 50m back gold for Wales.

Aside from the British interest, there were a host of great performances from the rest of the world, not least the Australian women breaking the world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay and Chad le Clos taking a pair of golds in the butterfly.

Throwback Thursday – Peaty’s glory in Glasgow at the 2018 European Championships

Adam Peaty led the way at the 2018 European Aquatics Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre as he returned to record-breaking form and topped the medal table with four golds.

Peaty found himself in the unusual position of the second step of the podium at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in the 50m breaststroke, having to settle for silver behind Cameron van der Burgh.

He still won the 100m breaststroke, but was a little way off his own world records in both events. In Glasgow, however, he was back on form, setting a new world mark in the longer event.

Peaty swam 57.10 seconds in that event, while he added the 50m and two relay golds, the men’s and mixed 4x100m medleys.

Peaty was one of three swimmers to finish the meet with four top spots, as Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström was equally impressive on her way to four individual golds.

The Swedish star dominated the sprint events, claiming the 50m and 100m freestyle and butterfly, with the pick of the races a victory by one hundredth over Pernille Blume in the 50m free.

Russia’s Yuliya Efimova was the other swimmer to finish with four golds, dominating the breaststroke events as well as playing her part in the women’s medley relay.

Elsewhere Kliment Kolesnikov joined Peaty in breaking a world record, beating Liam Tancock’s previous best in the 50m backstroke with his 24 flat.

Kolesnikov was one of a number of swimmers to finish the meet with three golds, alongside Briton Duncan Scott, who won the 200m freestyle, along with a pair of relay golds.

On the women’s side, Italy’s Simona Quadarella dominated the distance freestyle while France’s Charlotte Bonnet matched Scott with 200m free success along with two relay wins.

The question is, which of those swimmers will taste more success at the LEN European Short Course Championships 2019 in the same pool?

Throwback Thursday – Hosszu reigns supreme in Copenhagen

There was no question of who the queen of Copenhagen was in 2017 when Katinka Hosszu ruled supreme at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.

The Hungarian superstar achieved the unthinkable as she retained all six individual titles she had claimed two years prior in Israel.

Focusing on the backstroke and medley events, Hosszu was the standout performer with victories in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, as well as the 100m, 200m and 400m medley.

The most dominant of those performances, and the most dominant result of the entire meet, came in the 200m medley, where Hosszu finished more than three and a half seconds clear of compatriot Evelyn Verraszto in silver.

Of course Hosszu was not the sole standout performer in Denmark. Her six gold medals helped Hungary to second in the overall medal table with their eight golds one fewer than Russia.

The star for Russia was then 17-year-old Kliment Kolesnikov, who won the 100m and 200m backstroke, the 4x50m freestyle relay, and swam the lead-off leg in the 4x50m medley relay in which the Russians broke the world record.

That was one of three relay world records at the Championships, with the Netherlands doing the same in both the women’s and mixed 4x50m free.

The Dutch also won the mixed medley relay with Ranomi Kromowidjojo part of all three, while also taking 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly gold.

In fact the Dutch star almost matched Hosszu’s feats with a silver in the 50m freestyle, just one hundredth behind Sarah Sjostrom.

So when it comes to Glasgow 2019, will anyone be able to top Hosszu’s achievements?

History in the making at Tollcross International

Tollcross International Swimming Centre has become a regular fixture on the global swimming circuit, playing host to some of the greatest performances of recent times.

It was in Glasgow that Adam Peaty truly announced himself on the biggest stage, while more recently another budding superstar wrote his own name into the record books.

First let us go back to 2014 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where Peaty, now established as one of, if not the greatest breaststroker of all time, first caught the eye.

Going up against world and Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa, Peaty scooped silver in the 50m breaststroke, just two hundredths behind his illustrious rival.

When it came to the 100m however, there would be no denying Peaty, who cruised to the gold to claim the first of many international titles.

It was not just Peaty who stood out at those Commonwealth Games. In the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, the Australian quartet of sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Melanie Schlanger and Emma McKeon broke the world record on their way to gold, finishing nearly five seconds clear of the field.

Since that event, Tollcross has become the venue for the British Championship, notably in 2016 as the meet doubled up as Olympic trials.

Then in 2018, the best of Europe returned to Glasgow for the European Aquatic Championships with some more notable performances.

After middling results at the Commonwealth Games earlier that year on the Gold Coast, by his very high standards, Peaty responded with a world record in the 100m breaststroke, beating his own previous best.

And Russian teenager Kliment Kolesnikov then broke the 50m backstroke world record, overhauling Liam Tancock’s world mark on the way to victory.

Alongside that pair, Duncan Scott also cemented his position as one of the leading freestylers in the world, taking the 200m gold after winning silver in the 100m.

The big question now is, who will follow in their wake in making history in Tollcross? The answer comes this December at the LEN European Short Course Championships, get your tickets here.

Throwback Thursday – Miley wins first gold in Turkey in 2009

Hannah Miley has spent more than a decade at the top in swimming, with 36 international medals to her name including six golds.

It has been a decade since the first of those gold medals, across in Turkey at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in 2009.

Recently turned 20, and with a couple of World short course medals to her name, Miley was clearly a talented medley swimmer but still had to prove she could finish on the top step of the podium in a major competition.

In Istanbul, she added a bronze medal to her collection in the 200m individual medley on the opening day of competition.

However, the 400m medley has always been her specialty, and that event on the final day would decide whether it had been a successful competition or not.

In a hugely competitive field that featured the likes of future Olympic gold-medallist Mereia Belmonte and 200m medley silver medallist Francesca Segat, Miley proved the class of the field.

The Scot finished in 4:25.66, nearly two seconds clear of Belmonte in silver, with Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos clinching bronze ahead of Segat.

Miley has since gone on to repeat the feat at the 2012 European Short Course Championships, and this December, has a chance to bring up a hat-trick of titles ten years after her first.

Miley’s Tollcross tale set for another chapter at LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019

Glasgow means everything to Hannah Miley and the darling of Scottish swimming can’t wait to return to the iconic city for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.

The Tollcross International Swimming Centre holds special memories for Miley, an Official Ambassador for the event set to thrill across five nights, from 4 to 8 December this year.

The 29-year-old has a handsome record in Scotland’s biggest city, her 2014 Commonwealth Games triumph one of her greatest days and followed up by European long course bronze last summer.

“The one thing I always remember about Glasgow is the support and the noise,” said Miley.

“You have a huge sense of pride even when you’re standing behind the blocks and in that sense doesn’t compare to any other competition.

“I’ve been competing in Glasgow since I was 11 or 12.

“My whole career has been based around and stemmed from racing quickly in Glasgow and then for Great Britain in major events in that pool.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment of it and it makes you proud to be Scottish that we’ll be hosting such a prestigious event.

Miley has conquered her fair share of adversity already this year, roaring back from serious ankle surgery to claim bronze at the British Championships at Tollcross last month.

And she is a fearsome short-course proposition with eight European and five world medals, three of which were gold, against her name over a decade at the top table.

Having made her debut back in 2005 in Trieste, Italy as a 16-year-old, it holds a special place in Miley’s heart and she credits the Championships with helping her learn the ropes in the pool.

“Short course events are so fun,” she said.

“You’ve got quite a lot of heavy training under your belt by the time you compete – it’s fast, furious, it’s short distances.

“There are a lot of differences between short and long, it’s like athletes running outdoors and indoors.

“I didn’t medal but I made my first international final in 2005 and AS a youngster, it was great.

“Watching all the top European athletes warming up, it gave me a great opportunity to see what they do, the best in Europe, and how they prepare for major races.

“You don’t get too many opportunities to do that in your career and I can’t wait for December.”

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Bonnie’s amazing adventures lead her back to Glasgow for LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships

A few months have gone by since Bonnie last visited Glasgow.  She is now a star back home in Argyll, and everyone knew of the adventures she had when she was the mascot for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

She’s had a lovely long holiday but now she’s ready to have fun again. Bonnie missed the friends that she had made and she missed Glasgow so much.  So, she decides to go back (taking the same route as 2018) and along the way she meets her old friend – the swimmer.

He asks if Bonnie can help him. He tells her that there are lots of swimmers coming to Glasgow for a big competition called the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019.  He suggests that since she did such a good job for Glasgow 2018, she comes back to help the other swimmers for 2019’s competition in December.

This year, Bonnie will meet swimmers from so many different countries and show them how to improve their technique in all the different strokes.  She is so excited to make new friends from all the competing countries as well as see all her old friends from Glasgow.

Bonnie can’t wait to be the Official Mascot and she is really looking forward to becoming friends with Hannah Miley and helping her in her role as Event Ambassador for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. Hannah and Bonnie will watch as over 40 short course events take place over an action-packed five days in Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 4-8 December 2019.

Join Bonnie and Hannah for one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, and buy tickets now from www.euroswim2019.com