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Peaty breaks 50 breast record; Ledecky sets up big night

Peaty breaks 50 breast record; Ledecky sets up big night”

On Tuesday, Peaty warmed up in the morning heats with a world record, 26.10, and went one better in the evening semi-finals with another of 25.95 to create history.

Peaty had targeted his own world record of 57.13, set when he won the Olympic title previous year in Rio de Janeiro, but came up short in his bid.

And with rivals Cameron van der Burgh, who swam a personal best of 26.54, and Kevin Cordes, who went 26.83, both in form, Peaty was keen to show he was still a cut above. She also has the 1,500 free final later, less than an hour before she returns for the 200 free semifinal. You're fighting for a title, not the world record, ' the 22-year-old said of his 50m victory.

"We get a lot of rivalries like this in football, basketball, swimming where we see a lot of really nice people, being really nice", she added.

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Having won four gold medals at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona, Ledecky won five golds two years ago in Kazan.

Peaty has renewed 100m breaststroke championships record twice in the Hungarian capital, in semi-finals and final respectively, en route to defending the event title on Monday.

He said: "My main aim, even though I was a young, skinny kid, was to try to take on the world, 'can I win all the grand slams in two years?' That's European, Commonwealths, worlds and Olympics".

His individual events now over, it was the manner of his two world records in the 50m and edging closer to the magical 56-second barrier in the 100m which left Peaty revelling in the moment. This morning everyone was like "Project 25" and I was like "go on then".

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"He has talked openly about how he gets up for races and how much he gives, and how he takes those nerves each time", Adlington said. Seventeen-year-old Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, a breakout star in Rio with four medals, finished fourth.

"So high has Peaty raised the bar that nothing less than a world record is now expected whenever he dives in the pool".

The results: Men: 200m freestyle: 1.

Instead, he appeared nonplussed and said after the morning heats: "Honestly, I wasn't going out there this morning for a world record".

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