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Taylor and Guy strike gold again

Teenagers Sophie Taylor and James Guy joined Fran Halsall in claiming their third gold medals of the British Gas Swimming Championships.

Taylor set a British record in the 100 metres breaststroke and fellow 18-year-old Guy raced to a surprise victory in the 100m butterfly after dominating the freestyle events in Glasgow.

Taylor beat her own British record of one minute 7.36 seconds - which was also England's Commonwealth qualifying time - with a time of 1:07.08 at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

After sealing a breaststroke hat-trick, the City of Leeds swimmer said: "I'm so pleased with that, I didn't expect anything like that. It was a tough time to make, especially after a hard week, but I am just so glad to make it.

"To get a hat-trick of golds is more than I could ever imagine. I've been training hard and focusing for the past three months because I had an operation in January and I have had to focus so much and put in a lot of hard work."

Guy won in 52.55, knocking almost 0.8 seconds off his personal best, to add to his 200m and 400m freestyle victories.

The teenager, who finished 0.02 seconds ahead of Adam Barrett, said: "I wasn't really expecting that but it was a great bonus. I never thought I would go that fast."

Halsall retained her 100m freestyle title in an all-English field with a time of 54.12 - but there was disappointment as she was just 0.03 seconds out of England's Commonwealth standard.

"It was okay, not quite what I wanted," she said. "It's been a long week, that's for sure. I've still got one swim to go. That's 14 out of 15 and my body is just about holding up."

Jazz Carlin set a new Welsh record in the 800m freestyle - and the fastest time in the world this year. Her time of 8:18.36 seconds was almost 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Eleanor Faulkner.

Carlin, who had already been selected for this summer's Commonwealth Games, said: "I really have been training hard through this meet so I'm really surprised. I was feeling a bit heavy and nervous but as soon as I went into the pool I just went for it.

"In the warm-up I was really, really rubbish and I was panicking a bit but as soon as I dived into the pool, you are in a race environment and get a bit excited, and I'm buzzing to come away with that time. I hope to go faster at the Commonwealths."

England's Aimee Willmott will join her at Glasgow 2014 after setting a personal best of 2:07.97 to win the women's 200m butterfly inside her country's Commonwealth standard.

Adam Peaty turned the tables on Ross Murdoch to triumph in the 50m breastroke with a personal best of 27.43 seconds - 0.02 seconds ahead of the 100m gold medallist.

With no entry from former champions Craig McNally, who had already qualified for Team Scotland, and Chris Walker-Hebborn, Charlie Boldison won the 200m backstroke title with his first sub-two minute races, but there was no Commonwealth qualifying time.

Paralympic champion Oliver Hynd, the sole competitor in the SM8 200m individual medley, booked his place in the England team with a time of 2:26.49.

Earlier in the day, Martin Cremin booked his place for Team Scotland in the 1500m freestyle heats.