22-year-old Olympic Champion sliced more than three-tenths of a second off his own record
OLYMPIC gold medalist Adam Peaty has broken his own world records at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.
Peaty, 22, who is originally from Uttoxeter and attended Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle, bought the Duna Arena, Hungary, to it’s feet on both Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.
Peaty smashed the Men’s 100 metres Breaststroke as he lowered his own Championship Record on his way to winning his second consecutive World Record.
He was ahead of the field at the turn in 26.50 and extended the lead over the final 50 metres to touch in at 57.47, claiming the second quickest swim in the history of the event behind his own record.
The 4.30pm race saw Adam take first place, Kevin Cordres taking silver with a time of 58.79 and Kirill Prigoda in third with 59.05.
Peaty’s fellow Briton, Ross Murdoch came eighth in the race.
Peaty beat his own championship record to finish in 57.47 seconds, although his own personal best of 57.13 seconds which he set last August in winning Gold at the Olympics in Rio proved beyond him.
In an interview following the winning of the 100 metres swimming race, Peaty said: “I went out there with a lot of guts tonight and I knew that if I wanted to go fast I would have to do stuff I’ve never done before.
“I’m one-and-a-half seconds ahead of the rest of the world and I’m very happy with that but it’s not the time I focus on, it’s the way I did it which really pleases me. It’s a great way to start my next Olympic cycle.”
His grandmother, Mavis Williams, who was dubbed ‘#OlympicNan’ in 2016, tweeted: “Congratulations Adam Peaty, you have done me proud.
“Another great race, I’m so proud.”
On Tuesday morning, Peaty took to the pool again and sliced more than three-tenths of a second off his own 5o metre breaststoke world record.
The Olympic Champion managed to swim in 26.10, obliterating the 26.42 seconds he produced at the 2015 Worlds.
This is the third time Peaty has broken the 50 metre breaststroke world record in his career, with the first coming in Berlin 2014.
The Uttoxeter alumni holds the top 10 times in the world for the 100 metre breaststroke.
As the Times and Echo went to press, Adam was preparing for the 50m breaststroke semi finals.
The finals for mens 50m breasktstroke will be held today (Wednesday 26th June).
Staffordshire County Council’s Leader Philip Atkins said: “Congratulations to Adam, his family and his team for making Staffordshire and Uttoxeter proud again.
“The drive and determination he’s showing to maintain the intensity of his training and stay the best in the world is inspirational.
“Everyone in Staffordshire will be cheering him on.”
Peaty is working towards becoming the first swimmer to break the 57-second mark in the 100 metre race, a challenge he refers to as ‘Project 56’.
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