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Glasgow chosen to host 2018 European Swimming Championships

AS Great Britain bear down on a record medal haul at the European Championships in Berlin this weekend, many in the Scottish swimming community will turn their thoughts to 2018 when the sport will get another chance to invade the Scottish public conscience.

Four weeks after Tollcross Park opened its doors to the Commonwealth Games and treated the Glasgow crowd to six days of world-class racing, the city was yesterday awarded the right to host the LEN European Championships for the first time four years from now.

Dates and venues have yet to be confirmed but Glasgow will almost certainly stage the main swimming gala at Tollcross and the open-water events at Strathclyde Park, which was a successful venue for triathlon during the Games.

What is unclear is whether Glasgow will bid to also host the diving. Glasgow 2014 opted to outsource their own diving competition to Edinburgh, where it took place in the refurbished Commonwealth Pool.

One apparent certainty is that Scottish, English and Welsh swimmers will feature on the podium with regularity during the pool racing, as the sport has enjoyed a resurgence in this country as evidenced by a series of terrific performances in Berlin.

The latest, and possibly greatest of those came last night when Adam Peaty, from Derby, broke the world record in the 50 metres breaststroke. Peaty had won gold in the 100m already, where Scotland's Ross Murdoch won the first of two silver medals. Such is the thirst for greatness within the breaststroke crop, Peaty said ahead of today's final: "It was not a perfect race due to my final touch, so I can still improve."

Stephen Milne broke another Scottish record in the 800m freestyle, finishing fourth in 7min 50.64sec.

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