UTTOXETER swimmer Adam Peaty won gold at the British Gas Championships in Glasgow yesterday to make it a hat-trick of medals.
In another extremely close 50m breaststroke final, the City of Derby swimmer finished 0.02 ahead of 100m breaststroke champion Ross Murdoch to take the British 50m title in 27.43.
Peaty, who already has two silver medals from the Championships, said: “It was a great race between me and Ross.
"We’re great friends and always have good battles, and I’m sure it will be the same in the summer (at the Commonwealth Games).”
In addition to his three medals, Peaty now boasts a clutch of Commonwealth Games qualification times.
He achieved the nomination time for the 200m breaststroke by finishing second to Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson last week.
Peaty also went into the final of the 100m event as fastest qualifier on Saturday.
But in a thrilling race, he was beaten on the touch by Murdoch, who led from the start as Peaty hunted him down in the final few metres.
The 19-year-old clocked 59.79 seconds – just 0.23 behind Murdoch but 0.01 inside the qualification time.