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Rare defeat will stand me in good stead for future, maintains Peaty

By Robert Jones

An unfamiliar loss provided a welcome reality check for England's Adam Peaty yesterday as the Commonwealth 50m breaststroke title again proved elusive.

The 23-year-old Uttoxeter ace is the world record holder and world champion on the one-length dash, but - just like at Glasgow in 2014 - he was beaten into silver by South Africa's Cameron Van der Burgh.

Peaty trailed from the start, as has become normal, but his trademark surge did not materialise as he touched the wall 0.04 seconds behind Van der Burgh, the 29-year-old winning in 26.58.

England's James Wilby, the 200m champion and 100m silver medallist, won his third individual breaststroke medal with bronze in 27.37.

Peaty was magnanimous in defeat, but described the race as "probably one of the worst feeling races I've ever done".

"Even though it's a silver, I'm more happy with that silver than I was the gold the other day," Peaty said. "It gives me a reality check. Even if you are the best in the world, the world record holder, you can still be beaten. I think that's the most valuable lesson from today.

"Away from the actual racing, I'm so happy for Cam. I gave my best out there tonight and Cam gave better. That's just the way it is."

Alys Thomas claimed a memorable win for Wales in the 200m butterfly.

Thomas was the fastest qualifier and lived up to that billing, finishing in 2:05.45, a Games record and almost two seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

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