Adam Peaty Breaks Cameron Van Der Burgh's 50m Breaststroke World Record

Updated: 05 August 2015 14:52 IST

After South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh had set a new record time of 26.62secs in the morning's heats, Britain's 20-year-old Adam Peaty came out and swam 26.42secs in the evening's semi-finals.

Adam Peaty Breaks Cameron Van Der Burgh
Adam Peaty celebrates after breaking the world record. © AFP

Britain's Adam Peaty said it was easy to break the men's 50m breaststroke record at the world swimming championships -- the second time it has fallen on Tuesday alone.

After South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh had set a new record time of 26.62secs in the morning's heats, the 20-year-old Peaty came out and swam 26.42secs in the evening's semi-finals.

"I knew there was something in there, but I decided to just stay relaxed and enjoy the environment," said Peaty, who won the 100m world title by beating Van der Burgh on the wall in Monday's final.

"The 50m event is not an Olympic event, so there is kind of no pressure out there.

"That was a really good race, the heats this morning were so easy, my time of 26.68secs this morning was probably the easiest 50 I have ever done.

"So I just enjoyed what I was doing in tonight's heats."

It promises to be a breaststroke battle royal between the pair again in Wednesday's 50m final as Van der Burgh swam 26.74secs to win his semi.

Peaty's new world record is poetic justice for the Briton who had swam 26.62sec at the European championships in Berlin last August, but his time was not ratified by swimming's governing body FINA.

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