Adam Peaty in total control to keep world title defence on trackJuly 23, 2019
Adam Peaty cruised into the final of the Men’s 50m Breaststroke at the FINA World Championships, winning his semi-final by more than half a second.
A day after claiming his third consecutive World Championships gold medal in the 100m Breaststroke, Peaty never looked troubled to keep his second individual title defence of the competition alive.
The Brit touched the wall in 26.11s, the fifth fastest swim of all-time.
Peaty is the two-time defending champion in this event and could challenge his own world record of 25.95 in Wednesday’s final.
Renshaw’s superb form continues
Molly Renshaw produced another blistering swim to finish seventh in the final of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke.
The Loughborough University swimmer produced a personal best time of 1:06.73 in the semi-finals and she again swam under 1:07.00, for only the second time in her career.
Renshaw touched the wall in 1:06.96, showing no signs of nerves in her first world final at this distance.
The 23-year-old will take plenty of confidence into her favoured event – the 200m Breaststroke – which gets underway in Gwangju on Thursday.
Back-to-back PBs for Anderson
Freya Anderson swam her second personal best time of the day, but narrowly missed out on a place in the Women’s 200m Freestyle final.
The Ellesmere College swimmer clocked 1:57.68 in the morning’s heat and she went even better in the semi-final, improving her lifetime best by 0.17 seconds to finish seventh.
That meant Anderson finished 12th in the world, only 0.69 seconds away from a spot in her first ever individual World Championships final.
Scott shares bronze
Meanwhile, Duncan Scott earned a slice of luck to take the bronze medal in the Men’s 200m Freestyle.
The Brit looked to have touched the wall in joint fourth place, alongside Russia’s Martin Malyutin.
But Lithuanian Danas Rapsys, who finished first, was disqualified for moving on the blocks.
That meant both Scott and Malyutin were upgraded to the podium, earning Scott his first ever individual world medal.