Britain's Adam Peaty sets world record in 50-meter breaststroke

Friday August 22nd, 2014

Britain's Adam Peaty set a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke at the European Championships in Berlin on Friday.

Peaty made his record swim in a semifinal heat in a time of 26.62 seconds, besting the previous record of 26.67 seconds that belonged to South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh.

"I feel absolutely amazing. I had to look at that scoreboard about five times before I knew I had broken it," Peaty said, according to the Associated Press.

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Peaty has already won two gold medals at the Euros, winning the 100 breaststroke and helping win the mixed medley relay on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old also won two gold medals at the recent Commonwealth Games, taking first in the 100-meter breaststroke and the medley relay. Peaty beat van der Burgh in the former. He finished second to the South African in the 50-meter breaststroke at Glasgow.

Peaty will compete in the finals of the 50-meter breaststroke at the Euros on Saturday.

Ben Estes


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