3 world records fall on 3rd day of swimming worlds

US Katie Ledecky celebrates after competing in a women’s 400m freestyle heat during the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 23

Adam Peaty sliced more than three-tenths of a second off his own 50m breaststroke world record in the heats at the World Aquatics Championships on Tuesday.

But even the 22-year-old Uttoexter swimmer did not expect what happened - a 0.47 seconds improvement on the world record of 26.42 seconds he set in winning the 50m title in Kazan, Russia in 2015.

Peaty had already smashed his own record in Tuesday morning's heat, but turned it up another notch with a barnstorming swim in his afternoon semi-final, coming home in 25.95 seconds.

His semi-final time of 25.95 seconds proved too much to eclipse in the final but he still comfortably took gold in 25.99s from Joao Junior Gomes and Cameron van der Burgh.

"That world record is two years old, so it's due another push on". "I think it didn't matter if it was prelims, semis or finals, I was just going to try my best".

"It's impressive eh, he's the first one in history (to go under 26 seconds)", said Van der Burgh.

"We're always trying to move forward and thankfully I can do that by putting the hard work in everyday and it's paying off for us so I'm happy with that".




"I enjoyed it tonight".

Elsewhere, the U.S. broke the world record in the morning heats of the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay.

Peaty also predicted Britain would get better and better in the mixed medley relay.

"I gave it everything and it's just disappointing because I wanted to get a medal for the team".

Masse produced an outstanding world-record swim of 58.10 seconds as Australia's quiet world championships continued with Emily Seebohm failing to defend her title.

Welsh swimmer Georgia Davies booked her place in Thursday's 50m backstroke final with a British record time of 27.49 seconds.

Instead, he appeared nonplussed and said after the morning heats: "Honestly, I wasn't going out there this morning for a world record. I was panicking before as I couldn't get my clothes off, but once I put my foot on the block, it was just about me and my race". By the halfway mark the race was won and next for Peaty was to beat his world record as per 'Project 56'.

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