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Adam Peaty Breaks 50m Breaststroke World Record Twice In One Day

Adam Peaty Breaks 50m Breaststroke World Record Twice In One Day”

The 22-year-old swimmer set the then world record of 26.42 seconds two years ago en route to winning 50m breaststroke gold at Kazan in Russian Federation.

CAMERON van der Burgh opened his 50m breaststroke campaign at the world championships in Budapest on Tuesday morning by going faster than he's ever been before‚ but he was still only second-quickest of the heats, writes David Isaacson.

Welsh swimmer Georgia Davies, Peaty, James Guy and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor swam a collective 3:41.56 to finish behind Canada and China who both claimed bronze in 3:41.24.

King eclipsed a four-year-old 100-meter-breastroke record, previously held by Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte, by a little over two-tenths of a second. Said Peaty: "Coming into the heats this morning I saw Cam, saw Kevin go quite fast".

He managed even better than that in the semi-finals and will head into tonight's final as the overwhelming favourite.

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Brazil's Felipe Lima, with a time of 26.68, won the first semifinal ahead of Van der Burgh, Peaty's predecessor as world champion in 2013.

'I just wanted to get out there, get the gold, get back to do the relay and focus on Sunday [in the 4x100m men's medley relay] now. I'm very happy with that swim.

"Then after this morning people were saying Project 25 and I said "Yes, go on then". I just love racing. "I was on target for it but I just missed out but 50m tomorrow and I'll see what I can get".

Meanwhile, Great Britain qualified fourth fastest for Wednesday night's 4x100 metres mixed medley relay - giving Adam Peaty the chance to go for two gold medals in an hour in Budapest. "It's hard because not everyone can do it but I guess people will have to start imitating that angulation fly movement to go and beat him", he said, reports The Guardian.

Peaty had targeted his own world record of 57.13, set when he won the Olympic title a year ago in Rio de Janeiro, but came up short in his bid. The finals of those events take place on Friday. He appeared as shocked as anybody, however, when his time was revealed, shaking his head in disbelief at a second world-record time that day.



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