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Peaty smashes own 100M breaststroke record in South Korea

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Adam Peaty has broken his own world record in the men's 100 metre breaststroke at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Peaty, 24, smashed the previous record of 57.10 seconds he set at last year's European Championships to win in 56.88.

In doing so, the Britain achieved one of his career goals of becoming the first man to break the 57-second barrier in the event.

Peaty finished close to two seconds ahead of China's Yan Zibei, who finished the first semi-final in second place in 58.67, with fellow Briton James Wilby third in 58.83.

Uttoxeter-born Peaty swam the first 50 metres in 26.63 and the second in 30.25, both quicker than his previous world record splits of 26.75 and 30.35.

He has now swum the event 1.4 seconds faster than anyone else in history and has set the best 16 times ever recorded in the 100m breaststroke.

Peaty said: "It feels incredible! I've been chasing that for three years now ever since I touched the wall in Rio I knew I could go faster.

"I said this morning I wasn't going to chase 56, I was going to let it come to me, and that's exactly what we've done."

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Team GB up to eighth in medals table after swim success

Great Britain have climbed to eighth in the Rio 2016 medals table after Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin's success in the Olympic pool.

Peaty set a new world record as he won gold in the men's 100m breaststroke before Carlin took silver in the women's 400m freestyle.

Team GB's first medals of the Olympics propelled the nation into the top 10 at Rio. Credit: www.Rio2016.com

Team GB swimmer Adam Peaty breaks own world record

Britain's Adam Peaty has broken the world record in the 100m men's breaststroke heats. Credit: Reuters

Britain's 100m breaststroke star Adam Peaty has set a new world record of 57.55 seconds at the Rio Olympics.

The record breaking performance trims 0.37 seconds off the previous record, which he already held.

It has pushed the 21-year-old from Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire, into the semi-final, to be held later on Saturday.

He said that he hoped his win would inspire young swimmers back home.