Peaty completes breaststroke double on day fourJuly 26, 2017
Adam Peaty secured his second gold medal on day four of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest.
The Olympic champion added the 50m Breaststroke title to his 100m Breaststroke crown won on day two in Hungary. He went under 26 seconds for the second time in as many days to take the gold, touching in 25.99.
Peaty had already impressed the world with two world records in this event as he qualified for the finals, setting the bar at 25.75 in the semis.
And with the 50m event set to make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Peaty admitted he hoped he could lower the record again in the next few years.
Peaty said: “That felt really, really good even though I slightly messed up a stroke. There’s definitely more in there somewhere but it will take a lot more hard work to make that happen. We’re only at the start of our four-year journey to Tokyo 2020.”
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Litchfield sets British record on his way to 200m IM final
City of Sheffield swimmer Max Litchfield set a 200m IM British record in this morning’s heats. He touched in 1:56.64, winning his heat and qualifying for the semis third fastest overall.
Litchfield was not far from lowering the record again in the semis, making his way into the finals third fastest in semi-final two. He made it to the wall in 1:56.70 to secure his place in tomorrow’s final.
Litchfield commented: “The tactic tonight was a case of doing the same thing as this morning and I pretty much did that. It felt good.
“We’re always trying to move forward and thankfully I can do that by putting the hard work in everyday and it’s paying off for us so I’m happy with that.”
Brits break European record in Mixed Medley
The final event of the evening was the 4x100m Mixed Medley relay, in which the British team secured a new European record. Although they finished fifth overall, the quartet had much to be proud about.
Welsh swimmer Georgia Davies, Peaty, James Guy and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor swam a collective 3:41.56 to finish behind Canada and China who both claimed bronze in 3:41.24.
The USA took the win in a new world record time of 3:38.56 while Australia (3:41.21) won silver.
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