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Peaty powers to World Championship 100m Breaststroke gold

Adam Peaty set a new Championship record as he powered his way to 100m Breaststroke gold at the World Swimming Championships 2017 in Budapest.

The world record holder finished more than a second faster than the rest of the field, touching in 57.47 to defend his title.

He went out strong, leading the field at the turn and delivering a 26.50 split at the 50m mark. He kept his composure on the back 50m to swim the second fastest time in history.

The City of Derby swimmer beat the USA’s Kevin Cordes (58.79) and Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (59.05).

Peaty commented on his performance: “I went out there with a lot of guts tonight. I knew that if I wanted to go fast I would have to do stuff I’ve never done before.

“I went out there in a 26.50 and that was very, very easy so hopefully I can produce something special in my 50m event.

“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.”

Sarah Vasey at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest

James Guy and Sarah Vasey qualify for finals

James Guy qualified for the Men’s 200m Freestyle final comfortably, after finishing second fastest in the semis.

The Millfield swimmer touched in 1:45.16, just two hundredths of a second behind British teammate, Scotland’s Duncan Scott (1:45.16).

Guy was sixth in the 400m Freestyle final on the opening day in Hungary.

Meanwhile, World Championship debutante Sarah Vasey made her way into the Women’s 100m Breaststroke final, securing an outside lane.

The Loughborough-based swimmer touched in 1:06.81 to progress eighth fastest from the semis.

  • Click here to view full results from day two finals of the FINA World Swimming Championships.