Brit Adam Peaty has defended his 50m breaststroke title in a great style o complete a World Aquatics Championships double-double.
Adam Peaty, 22, who retained his 100m breaststroke title on Monday has made it a double-double after winning the race in a time of 25.99 seconds though he was unable to beat the world record time of 25.95 held by him.
Brazilian Joao Gomes Junior finished second to take silver while South African Cameron Van der Burgh took bronze.
Peaty said after the race; “I’m feeling very good. I’m so, so happy with my displays”.
He spoke to the BBC after taking part in the 4x100m mixed medley relay final, in which defending champions Britain finished fifth.
USA won the 4x100m mixed medley in a world record time of three minutes 38.56 seconds. Australia took silver, with China and Canada in joint third.
Van der Burgh, who finished third and is a 2009 and 2013 world champion in the 50m breaststroke, paid tribute to Peaty’s powerful performances.
“I think I have to retire and give it a few years and come back when he’s older,” joked the 29-year-old.
“It’s really impressive. It’s not even breaststroke anymore, he’s swimming like a new kind of stroke, like a metamorphosis between [butter]fly and breast.
Former British swimmer Mark Foster told BBC Sport that Peaty’s display was “immense”.
“There not enough words to describe how good he is,” he said.
“Under 26 seconds for the second time – only four hundredths of a second off his best time. It was, again, an immense swim.”
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