Team England’s trio of swimmers produced a stunning comeback to take gold in the Men’s 4x100m medley relay on the final night of the Aquatics World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
The team, consisting of Team England Commonwealth medallists Adam Peaty, James Guy, and Luke Greenbank, as well as Scotland’s Duncan Scott, overturned a 0.84 second deficit to leaders USA at the final turn to win in a new European record time of 3:28.10.
In doing so, Peaty claimed his third gold medal of the Championships, having also retained his world titles across both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events.
“This is incredible, I thought Jimmy [James Guy] could hold his ground and as soon as Duncan dived in I thought ‘we’re going to get bronze’,” explained Peaty.
“With 25m to go I was jumping up and down like never before and the last 10 metres he just got his head down and took him out.
“For me, that’s better than Olympic gold and anything else, as when you do it as a team, and the fact the American’s have never been beaten in this event I don’t think, it’s just amazing.”
The medal was one seven won by Great Britain across the championships, which also included Greenbank’s spectacular 200m backstroke bronze, as well as a further mixed 4x100m medley relay bronze medal for Peaty, Guy Freya Anderson and Wales’ Georgia Davies.
Elsewhere across the final day of competition, Max Litchfield finished in seventh position in the 400m IM, while Anna Hopkin, competing in her first World Championship final, also touched the wall in seventh place in the women’s 50m freestyle final.