Adam Peaty smashes 100m breaststroke world record

European champion Peaty sets new 100m breaststroke world record

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The Olympic champion knocked 0.13 seconds off the time he set in Rio in 2016 but narrowly missed out on his goal to go sub-57 over the distance.

Adam Peaty smashed his own 100 metres breaststroke world record to win gold at the European Championships in Scotland.

The 23-year-old retained the title he won in London two years ago by clocking 57.00 seconds to finish ahead of Glasgow-born James Wilby.

Peaty's previous world record was 57.13secs - a time he achieved when winning Olympic gold at Rio 2016 - and he was just one hundredth of a second from achieving his long-held 'Project 56' goal of going sub-57secs.

The Briton has won every significant breaststroke title over 100m but was surprisingly beaten over 50m in the Commonwealth Games final earlier this year.

"Oh my god, I cannot believe that," Peaty told the BBC after his European Championships victory.

"Sometimes you've got to have a bad race to realise how much you love the sport and how much it means to you. I keep saying this, at the Commonwealths, I learned a big lesson - I was too tense, I just wasn't me.

"Going out there tonight, [coach]Mel [Marshall] just said, 'Enjoy it, you're ready.' I was not targeting a world record at all. It means I'm in good shape. It's about two years time in Tokyo."


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