Swimming phenom Adam Peaty beat his personal report time for the boys’s 100-meter breaststroke early Sunday, changing into the primary man to complete the race in underneath 57 seconds.
The 24-year-old Brit clocked in at 56.88, practically two seconds forward of his opponents, within the occasion’s semifinals on the 2019 World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
He advised British Swimming, the sports activities governing physique, that he would not plan on celebrating simply but — he considers his feat a “bonus” earlier than the finals.
“I’ve come right here to win a world title, and that is tomorrow, and that is nonetheless my most important focus,” he mentioned.
He is angling to defend his title on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
An American locations second and outdated rivalries flare
Elsewhere on the championships, American Katie Ledecky lost to Ariarne Titmus of Australia within the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky landed the silver medal for her efficiency, simply 1.21 seconds behind Titmus.
Australia’s Mack Horton, who earned silver within the males’s 400-meter freestyle, refused to face on the rostrum with gold medalist Solar Yang of China. Horton referred to as Solar a “drug cheat” on the 2016 Olympics in Rio, two years after Solar examined constructive for a banned substance and was banned from the game for 3 months.