Peaty breaks 50m breast record

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BU­DAPEST: He’s done it again. Bri­tain’s Adam Peaty set a world record of 26.10 sec­onds in the pre­lim­i­nar­ies of the men’s 50 me­ter breast­stroke at the world cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day. Peaty, who won gold in the 100 breast­stroke on Mon­day, shaved 0.32 of a sec­ond off the record he had pre­vi­ously set at the pre­vi­ous worlds in Kazan, Rus­sia, two years ago. “I was quite re­laxed. I wasn’t go­ing out there this morn­ing for a world record, just go­ing out there to race and qual­ify for the semis,” said the 22-year-old Bri­ton, who added that it was “quite early (in the morn­ing) for a world record. But I’m very happy with that swim.”

Peaty is bid­ding to be the first man to re­tain the 50 breast­stroke ti­tle at a worlds, and he wasn’t sur­prised to beat his pre­vi­ous best-mark. “That world record is two years old. It was kind of due an­other push on,” said Peaty, still buzzing af­ter Mon­day’s gold. “Last night gave me the con­fi­dence. I was out in 26.5 and I was like, ‘This is so easy.’ I can def­i­nitely push on for a 50.’ That didn’t re­ally feel like my best race.”

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa was next fastest in the non-Olympic event, a sig­nif­i­cant 0.44 be­hind. It’s the sec­ond world record set at this year’s cham­pi­onships af­ter Swe­den’s Sarah Sjostrom es­tab­lished a split of 51.71 in the women’s 4x100 free re­lay on Sun­day.

Mean­while, Olympic and world cham­pion Katie Ledecky eased to vic­tory in her heat of the women’s 200 freestyle, clock­ing 1:56.27, two tenths of a sec­ond slower than world record holder Fed­er­ica Pel­le­grini, who fin­ished ahead of home fa­vorite Katinka Hosszu in their heat.

“I knew where I wanted to be,” Ledecky said. “The only thing I had to do this morn­ing was get a lane for tonight. Just wanted to go out and win my heat. It didn’t re­ally mat­ter what the time was. I knew that would put me in a good po­si­tion for tonight.” Ledecky, who cruised to a dom­i­nat­ing vic­tory in the 400 free and put the U.S. ahead for gold in the 4x100 free re­lay on Sun­day, is fac­ing her most chal­leng­ing day at the cham­pi­onships. She also has the 1,500 free fi­nal later, less than an hour be­fore she re­turns for the 200 free semi­fi­nal.

The Amer­i­can star needs to get her times right out­side of the pool, too. “Just plan­ning it all out, mak­ing sure I know where I’m go­ing at all times,” Ledecky said. “Lot go­ing on when there’s medal cer­e­monies and war­m­down and get­ting to the ready room. Just all those lit­tle things. Try to limit the walk­ing and stay off my feet as much as I can dur­ing that whole process.”

Ledecky is pleased with the setup in terms of dis­tance be­tween pool, ready room and prac­tice pool at the pur­pose­built Duna Arena. “Yeah, it’s pretty good. Just lin­ing it all up be­fore­hand and mak­ing sure I can get ev­ery­where I need to go pretty quickly. It’s pretty warm up­stairs,” Ledecky said. “Just tryin’ to stay cool and man­age it all re­ally well.”

Also, Hun­gary’s Las­zlo Cseh com­fort­ably fin­ished first in the men’s 200 but­ter­fly heat, en­joy­ing the at­mos­phere among the en­thu­si­as­tic home fans. AP Na­tional Writer Paul New­berry con­trib­uted.

— AP

BU­DAPEST: Bri­tain’s Adam Peaty cel­e­brates af­ter set­ting a new world record in a men’s 50-me­ter breast­stroke heat dur­ing the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions of the World Aquat­ics Cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, yes­ter­day.

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