Peaty breaks 50-meter-breaststroke record twice in one day

Britain's Adam Peaty broke the world record in the 50 metres breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old had broken his own record, set at the 2015 world championships in Kazan, when he swam 26.10secs in the morning's heats, with the final to come on Wednesday.

Peaty had already smashed his own record in Tuesday morning's heat, but turned it up another notch with a barnstorming swim in his afternoon semi-final, coming home in 25.95 seconds.

Cameron ver der Burgh, the South African 2012 Olympic champion over 100m, scratched the longer sprint in order to challenge Peaty over 50m and was a next-best 26.54 seconds. Britain's team of Georgia Davies, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor came fifth with a time of 3:41.56.

"I wanted the world record but I don't know if I wanted it in the heats".

She was the second fastest qualifier behind Italy's Frederic Pellegrini who clocked 1:56.07.

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Japan's Daiya Seto, the reigning 400m individual medley world champion, was the fastest in the semi-finals at 1:53.04 with Cseh 0.19sec back and compatriot Tamas Kenderesi third at 0.95.

There was further disappointment however in the mixed medley relay.

Litchfield commented: "The tactic tonight was a case of doing the same thing as this morning and I pretty much did that. I was panicking before as I couldn't get my clothes off, but once I put my foot on the block, it was just about me and my race". It was just me easing through the stroke and touching the wall.

But Peaty says the knowledge that he is inspiring a rival to his title as the world's best male breaststroker will push him harder in training.

The City of Derby swimmer appeared set to break the world record for a third time in two days, but narrowly fell short.

"It felt like I was going a bit slower than I did yesterday actually, so maybe butterfly is about being all relaxed and then you can be even faster", said Sjostrom, who didn't look at all exhausted a day after racing four times. Kathleen Dawson was 19th in 28.42, missing out on a place in the semi-finals.

  • Regina Holmes