Proud, Peaty cap Bri­tain’s golden night at worlds

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Bu­dapest, Hun­gary - Adam Peaty and Ben Proud both struck gold for Bri­tain at the World Aquat­ics Cham­pi­onships on Mon­day as Hun­gary's 'Iron Lady' Katinka Hosszu came close to tears.

Peaty clocked a new cham­pi­onship record of 57.47 sec­onds to de­fend his 100m breast­stroke ti­tle and de­liver Bri­tain their first swimming gold in Bu­dapest.

The proud 22 year old said the sight of the Union Flag alone fires him up be­fore he races.

"I find the Great Bri­tish flag very mo­ti­vat­ing, as soon as I look at that it's game time," said Peaty.

"I love rac­ing and do­ing it for my fam­ily and my mates back home, mak­ing them proud.

"It's great to have the sup­port at home and from the crowd here tonight - they went crazy when I walked out tonight."

Peaty's vic­tory trig­gered more Bri­tish swimming suc­cess at the Duna Arena, as less than half an hour later Proud won the men's 50m but­ter­fly fi­nal in a photo fin­ish.

Proud, 22, clocked 22.75 sec­onds in the sprint with Brazil's Ni­cholas San­tos, sec­ond at 0.04sec, with An­drii Govorov of Ukraine tak­ing bronze, 0.09sec be­hind.

The 2014 Com­mon­wealth cham­pion was seen as an out­sider hav­ing fin­ished fourth in the semi­fi­nals and Proud only re­alised he had won when no-one else cel­e­brated.

‘Un­for­get­table’

Hosszu ad­mit­ted she was burst­ing with emo­tion af­ter re­tain­ing her women's 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley ti­tle in front of her home crowd.

The 28 year old is the first woman to win three world gold medals in the event.

She was roared on by the pas­sion­ate crowd as hosts Hun­gary claimed their first swimming medal.

"It was re­ally amaz­ing how ev­ery­one was sup­port­ing me in red, white and green, when I got out of the pool, I couldn't be­lieve it," Hosszu said.

"Thank you for the ex­pe­ri­ence, it was un­for­get­table - I al­most cried."

Swe­den's Sarah Sjostrom was sur­prised to come close to her own world record in be­com­ing the first woman to win four golds in the women's 100m but­ter­fly.

The 23 year old clocked 55.53 sec­onds, a new cham­pi­onship record, just 0.05sec off her world record set at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year.

Sjostrom is the first reign­ing Olympic cham­pion to add the world ti­tle in the dis­ci­pline.

She broke the 100m freestyle record on Sun­day, in the women's 4x100m re­lay, when she be­came the first woman to swim un­der 52 sec­onds.

Her vic­tory in Bu­dapest mir­rors her 2009 tri­umph as a 15 year old when the world cham­pi­onships were held in Rome.

She also won the event in 2013 and 2015, but Sjostrom is eye­ing more gold in Bu­dapest with the 50m but­ter­fly, plus the 50m and 100m freestyle races still to come.

Adam Peaty

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