Budapest, Hungary: Adam Peaty blasted his way into the men’s 50M breaststroke semifinals on Tuesday by lowering his own world-record to shake up the morning heats at the World Aquatic Championships.
The 22-year-old clocked 26.10 seconds, lowering his own mark of 26.42 set at the Worlds in Kazan two years ago.
“I wasn’t going for a world record. I was just trying to qualify for the semis, said Peaty, who says he can go even faster.
“That record was two years old, so it was kind of due another push on. Last night gave me the confidence as I was out on 26.50 (for the first 50m). I wanted to get that best lane for the semis. We’ll push it on for the final,” he added.
It is the second world-record to fall at the competition after Sarah Sjostrom swam the 100M freestyle in 51.71secs on Sunday.
Peaty’s main rival in Wednesday’s final looks to be Cameron van der Burgh, who was only 0.44secs behind in the heats.