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Peaty throws down gauntlet, as Vasey triumphs

By Robert Jones

England's Adam Peaty closed in on the defence of his Commonwealth Games 100m breaststroke title as Sarah Vasey picked up gold in the women's 50m on day two of the Gold Coast Games.

The 23-year-old world, European and Olympic champion broke his own Games record to clock a time of 58.59 seconds as he advanced quickest to the final.

England team-mate James Wilby was his nearest challenger, fresh from his 200m victory on Thursday.

He will now race for gold today and Peaty commented: "I'm pretty confident we can get something fast."

Vasey, Peaty's training partner in Loughborough, won the women's 50m breaststroke, while Scotland's Mark Szaranek took silver in the men's 400m individual medley and Duncan Scott bronze in the men's 200m freestyle.

Australia won the men's 4x100m freestyle relay ahead of England, who clinched silver, and Scotland, who took bronze.

Alice Tai won the women's S9 100m backstroke and Lewis White took silver in the corresponding men's event.

England's Charlie Tanfield beat Scotland's John Archibald in the 4,000m individual pursuit at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.

Archibald's sister Katie stormed to gold in the 3,000m individual pursuit, clocking three minutes 26.088 seconds to beat Australia's Rebecca Wiasak.

Wales' Lewis Oliva took silver in the men's Keirin as Australian Matthew Glaetzer successfully defended the title he won in Glasgow.

An inexperienced England women's artistic gymnastics team pushed Canada all the way before having to settle for silver in Coomera.

Canada took gold by 1.25 points ahead of Kelly Sim, Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Lucy Stanhope and Taeja James.

Fenton and James qualified for the individual uneven bars and floor finals respectively.

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