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Commonwealth Games: Tom Dean beats Duncan Scott to silver, Adam Peaty into final

Hosts: Birmingham Dates: 28 July to 8 August
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England’s Tom Dean beat rival Duncan Scott to take Commonwealth 100m men’s freestyle silver, while Adam Peaty overcame his lack of “spark” to qualify for the 50m breaststroke final.

Scott got bronze behind Dean to claim his 10th Commonwealth medal, equalling the most won by a Scottish athlete.

Australia’s Kyle Chalmers held off Dean for gold and put his finger to his mouth in a shushing gesture, perhaps a message to those writing “false headlines” about a suggested rift with team-mates Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon.

In the women’s 200m backstroke, a huge final 50m from Scotland’s Katie Shanahan helped the 18-year-old snatch a second bronze of the Games.

Rivals, but friends

Having finished second to Dean at the Olympics, Scott got his own back in Birmingham by beating the Englishman to 200m freestyle gold on Saturday.

But he could not match Chalmers and Dean over 100m, with the Englishman charging on the final 50m to the delight of the Sandwell crowd.

Dean told the BBC he “can’t stop smiling” swimming in such noise, but he eventually finished 0.38 seconds outside Chalmers’ time of 47.51 seconds.

The Australian threatened to quit the sport on Sunday because of media speculation over his working relationship with ex-girlfriend McKeon and her current partner Simpson, who are all part of Australia’s swimming team at the Games.

There were certainly no rifts between Chalmers, Dean and Scott, who shared a joke on the podium as they awaited their medals.

Scott spoke of the camaraderie between swimmers, with him and Dean previously discussing their shared love of television comedy The Office, and said of Chalmers: “It’s quite tough what he’s been receiving.

“We all stand with him. He’s an absolute servant to the sport and we love watching him.”

‘I’m not bothered about it’ – Peaty

As shouts of “come on Adam” came from the crowd, England’s Peaty took a deep breath beside the block before his semi-final.

Birmingham 2022 has not gone his way so far, following a broken foot in May, and the three-time Olympic champion had spoken after the morning heats about losing his “spark” over the past two years.

After winning his semi-final, he played down the importance of claiming a first Commonwealth title over 50m and said Birmingham will “probably be my last attempt”.

“I’m not bothered about it… Commonwealths to me… in the grand scheme of things, it’s about two years’ time [the Paris Olympics],” he said. “That’s no disrespect but… I’m still four weeks into my programme [after coming back from the broken foot]. I can’t put too many expectations on myself.

“It’s only a 50m breaststroke. I’m not going to overthink it.”

Peaty finished in 27.03 seconds, with compatriot James Wilby – who took 100m gold as Peaty missed out on a medal on Sunday – second in 27.65 seconds.

But it was Australia’s Sam Williamson who qualified fastest for the final as he won his semi-final in 27.01 seconds.

Peaty, 27, was more than a second off the world record he set in 2017 after speaking frankly on Monday morning about the “devastating” impact of missing out on a 100m medal, adding that he would take “a long break” after Tuesday’s 50m final.

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