Dan Wallace into World 200m individual medley final

Dan Wallace finished in 1min.57.77 seconds. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Dan Wallace finished in 1min.57.77 seconds. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
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Warrender swimmer Dan Wallace qualified fourth fastest for Thursday’s men’s 200 metres individual medley final at the FINA Aquatics World Championships in Russia.

Despite being Wallace’s “weaker” event, he posted a time of one minute 57.77 seconds. “My 200 is always kind of my weaker event so it’s great to compete at the world stage in your second-best event,” said Wallace, who will also compete in the men’s 400m medley competition on Sunday.

“It was a great opportunity to see where I was and see how I’m feeling and it gives me a lot of confidence for Sunday.”

Stephen Milne, who swims for Perth City, could not add to Britain’s medal haul, which stands at seven – four gold, one silver and two bronze – after finishing seventh in the men’s 800m freestyle final in a time of 7:49.86 – some 9.9secs behind winner Sun Yang of China.

Adam Peaty, meanwhile, won his second and third gold medals during another successful day for Great Britain.

Peaty won his second gold of the event in Kazan with victory in the 50m breaststroke final in a time of 26.51 secs.

The City of Derby swimmer, who had set a new world record in advancing to final, then returned to the pool with Fran Halsall, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor to win the mixed 4x100m medley in a world-record time of three minutes and 41.71secs.

Peaty finished strongly to touch first ahead of Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa (26.66s) and third-placed American Kevin Cordes (26.86) in the 50m breaststroke final.

It was Britain’s third gold after Peaty won the 100m on Monday and James Guy won the men’s 200m freestyle on Tuesday, but a fourth was not long in coming from Peaty, Halsall, Walker-Hebborn and O’Connor.

“We fought for every inch there, as you can tell we’ve got nothing left,” Peaty told BBC2 shortly after Britain’s medley triumph.

“We left it all on the battlefield really and I’m just grateful to have a team like this and we can show the world that we’re good enough to do that.

“I give 100 per cent in training, 100 per cent in racing and I’m enjoying it.”

Peaty’s feat is all the more remarkable given that he was scared of water as a child – as his mother, Caroline, revealed earlier in the day.

“Adam wouldn’t sit down in the bath or stand under the shower. He just used to scream,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“My friend then took him to go swimming as I couldn’t because it would break my heart as he would just scream. But after a week he got used to it.”