Adam Peaty breaks 100m breaststroke world record
Peaty becomes the first man in history to swim 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds
Last Updated: 21/07/19 2:33pm
Adam Peaty has broken his own world record in the men's 100 metres 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 his semi-final in 56.88 on Sunday.
In doing so, the Briton 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.