Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Peaty Shocked to Splash out on Yet More Records

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Peaty Shocked to Splash out on Yet More Records

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ADAM Peaty surprised even himself after improving his own 50 metres breaststroke world record by almost half a second in one day at the World Championships in Budapest.

Olympic champion Peaty won 100m breaststroke gold on Monday's second day and vowed there would be "something special" over one length the following day.

Yet even the 22-year-old Uttoexter swimmer did not expect what happened - a 0.47 seconds improvement on the world record of 26.42 seconds he set in winning the 50m title in Kazan, Russia, in 2015.

Peaty clocked 26.10 in the morning heat, 0.44 ahead of his nearest rival, and improved his mark to 25.95 in the evening semi-final - 0.73 clear of the field.

"I didn't think I was going to do that," said Peaty, who shook his head in disbelief after seeing his time.

Peaty, though, knows what matters is the title today, when he will likely also be part of the British 4x100m mixed medley relay team seeking to win successive golds after victory in 2015.

He added: "I enjoyed it tonight buyt it is nothing without the gold which goes along with it.

"I'm going to be focusing now, staying neutral and see what we get tomorrow."

Peaty's advantage is a huge margin over two lengths of the pool, let alone one.

Yet he is focused on himself, having learned from experience since 2014 and winning Commonwealth, European, world and Olympic titles.

Peaty added: "This morning I wasn't prepared to do a world record.

"It was just me easing through the stroke and touching the wall. Progressing to the semi-final. "It was the same tonight. I was on such a massive high from this morning and it was so hard to ignore the fact I did a world record and to try to get myself emotionally ready.

"I thought I was going to go slower (in the semi-final) because I was a little bit less energetic. …

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