Tue, 09 Aug 2022

LONDON, July 31 (Xinhua) -- England's Olympic champion Adam Peaty couldn't swim to a podium finish in the men's 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games as his teammate James Wilby won the race held in Birmingham on Sunday.

27-year-old Peaty fractured a bone in his foot while training in the gym in May and had to pull out of the FINA World Championships held in Budapest from June 18 to July 3.

He then had been focusing on recovering and building up his strength ahead of the Commonwealth Games, but Sunday's final proved that he was still far from his best form.

Wilby touched the wall first in 59.25 seconds, followed by Australian duo Zac Stubblety-Cook and Sam Williamson in 59.52 and 59.82 seconds respectively.

Peaty, who has won two golds from the events at the previous two editions of the Commonwealth Games, only managed a fourth finish in 59.86 seconds, nearly three seconds behind his world record of 56.88 seconds.

"I don't know what went wrong," said Peaty. "With 25m to go, I had nothing in the tank. Maybe that's overexposure on the foot. Sometimes you just have a bad race. I can't pinpoint where I went wrong."

Peaty defended his Olympic title in the 100m race at the Tokyo Olympic Games and also brought home a 4x100m medley relay gold from last year's Olympics.

"It was a slow final, I can't remember the last time I went that slow. It just didn't go right. Of course, I'm disappointed but that's what makes you go faster next time," he said.

Also in the pool, South Africa's veteran Chad le Clos equaled the record for the most Commonwealth Games medals after collecting his 18th with silver in the men's 200m butterfly.

New Zealand's Lewis Clareburt took the gold while England's James Guy was third.

In the men's all-around gymnastics final, 20-year-old Jake Jarman from England took victory while his teammate James Hall finished second.

Australia's Georgia Godwin, England's Ondine Achampong and Canada's Emma Spence finished top three in the women's all-around gymnastics final.

Besides, South Africa outclassed Olympic champions Fiji 31-7 to win men's rugby sevens gold in Coventry.

Indian teenager Jeremy Lalrinnunga overcame his back and arm injuries to grab the gold in the men's 67kg weightlifting with an overall lift of 300kg.

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