Briton Peaty sets world record in 50m breaststroke

Ann Santiago
July 25, 2017

Fresh from winning the men's 100m breaststroke gold on Monday night, Peaty blasted out his world-record time to qualify for Tuesday night's semi-finals.

The 23-year-old, nicknamed "Madame Butterfly", touched just 0.05 seconds shy of her own world record time of 55.48 seconds.

In the women's 100m butterfly, Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden struck gold for the fourth time in her career. "You aim for world records each year but they're a world record for a reason", said Peaty, "that performance I did at the Olympics was just a completely different swim".

"It's 10am. It's quite early for a world record".

"A lot of hard work goes into competing and the crowd were wonderful, I want to thank everyone out there", Peaty told reporters.

Italy's Federica Pellegrini qualified fastest for the semi-finals in one minute 57.07 seconds, ahead of Hosszu and Ledecky with only 0.36 seconds separating the trio.

The South African was the joint record holder with Peaty before the Brit lowered his own time in Kazan.

The 22-year-old, who was a contender for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award last year, touched the wall ahead of USA's Kevin Cordes and Kirill Prigoda of Russian Federation.

Coming into the heats this morning I saw Cam, saw Kevin go quite fast.

Hosszu won three gold medals at last year's Olympic Games and retained the 200m individual medley title she won in 2013 and 2015 to the delight of the Hungarian supporters on Monday.

I wasn't going out there this morning for a world record.

"Now we know what he is capable of, we can go back and plan on going forward".

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