OLYMPIC and World swimming champion Adam Peaty was beaten into third place in the 50m breaststroke final at the European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 22 year-old former Painsley College, Cheadle student recorded a short-course personal best of 25.70 seconds behind Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli, who won in a European record time of 25.62. Russia’s Kirilli Prigoda was second in 25.68.
Peaty, who was introduced to swimming as a youngster by the Dove Valley Club in his former home town of Uttoxeter, is also due to compete the 100m and 200m breaststroke in the championships at the Royal Arena this week.
Britain’s most successful World Championship swimmer, with no fewer five titles to his credit, holds the long-course world record of 25.95 for 50m breaststroke.
As the short-course pool is 25m times are quicker because there are more turns and there is the benefit of a push off the pool wall.
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh holds the short course world record of 25.25 which was set eight years ago.
Peaty, who now lives in Leicestershire to be closer to his training base at Loughborough, will focus on April’s Commonwealth Games and August’s European Championships next year.