Gold for Halsall and Peaty
England enjoyed double gold at the Tollcross Swimming Centre on Saturday night as Fran Halsall won the 50 metres freestyle before Adam Peaty produced a storming last 25 metres to land the 100m breaststroke title.
- Related Content
Peaty reeled in Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh in the closing stages to touch in a Games record of 58.94 seconds, with home favourite Ross Murdoch taking the bronze.
His victory followed success for Halsall and took England's gold medal tally in the pool to four after the triumphs of Ben Proud and Chris Walker-Hebborn.
The Uttoxeter swimmer trailed South African Van der Burgh, the world record holder, by 0.70secs at the turn, but had timed his race to perfection as he stormed past the South African to win by 0.34s, becoming the first Briton to go under 59 seconds in the process.
Peaty, who described the victory as a "dream", said he had not been fazed by the prospect of taking on the might of Van der Burgh.
Asked if he was nervous about facing he man he described as his "idol" turned "rival", he said: "Not really, he has obviously got a lot of pressure on him.
"I just tried to swim my race. I knew he would go out fast, as I have studied his racing quite a few times, but I stuck to my guns and it paid off in the end.
"We are all human at the end of the day, we all have nerves and feelings and that is the way you have to approach it."
And he insisted there was "definitely more to come", adding: "I am just getting started."
Despite winning gold in the 200m breaststroke on Thursday night, Murdoch was far from despondent with his bronze.
He said: "I am really pleased. It was a fantastic race for myself and I just want to congratulate Adam Peaty, he is the first British man to go sub 59, it is an amazing feat."
While Peaty was winning the first Commonwealth medal of his career, Halsall battled nerves and doubts to land her ninth.
The 24-year-old raced to victory in a Games record of 23.96, the fastest time in the world this year, to edge out Australia's Cate Campbell by 0.04.
Halsall missed out on medal success at London 2012, but has no shortage of Commonwealth ones.
The Southport swimmer, who won silver in the event in Delhi, said she always believed such a time was in her, which only added to the jangling nerves.
"That was the target all year. I knew I was ready to swim it which made me more nervous," she said.
"It made me feel a little bit sick before I started because I wanted to get the results which I knew I could do and perform in a big final against some amazingly talented girls.
"In the last five metres I was thinking, 'No way am I winning this, I need to get my hand on the wall'. I am really happy and quite emotional."
She returned to storm into the final of the 50m butterfly, in which she is defending champion, in another Games record, this time 25.36, despite some confusion over whether her freestyle gold would be presented before or after the race. In the end it came afterwards.
Halsall added: "It has been a fairytale evening for me.
"To do a best time in the 50m freestyle then have a bit of hassle... whether it was going to be a medal presentation or whether I was going to swim again.
"It was a bit chaotic, but my two best times in the evening, I can't ask for much more than that.
"The crowd got behind me, they were cheering, it was an amazing evening, one which will definitely stay with me for a very long time."
Her 18-year-old team-mate Molly Renshaw, clinched bronze in the 200m breaststroke, edging out home favourite Hannah Miley, the 400m individual medley champion.
Renshaw came home in 2:25.00, touching 0.40 ahead of her Scottish rival.
She said: "I am really happy with the way I swam. It is my first Commonwealth Games so I can't complain about getting a medal.
"I would have like to have gone a bit faster, more around my PB, but I can't complain."
There was more medal success for England's women as the quartet of Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, Amelia Maughan, Ellie Faulkner and Becki Turner took bronze in the 4x200m freestyle.
Wales' Georgia Davies claimed silver in the 100m backstroke, finishing in 59.58 as she was edged out by Australia's Emily Seebohm, while in the S14 200m freestyle 15-year-old Thomas Hamer took silver, with Wales' Jack Thomas getting the bronze.