Peaty sets record on way to 100m final

23 Jul 2017

Olympic Champion Adam Peaty set a new Championship Record on day one of the World Championships in Budapest when he posted a season’s best 57.75 in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke to qualify fastest for tomorrow’s final.

A packed Duna Arena cheered Peaty (National Centre Loughborough) to the wall in the second semi-final and he will be joined by team mate Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) who lowered his season’s best for the second time in the day finishing on a 59.23 as seventh fastest.

“That felt really, really good,” said Peaty. “It’s kind of weird, ahead of Rio I was quite nervous but I’m ready to be in this environment now, this is my home.

“I just love to race with a crowd behind you and obviously this is such an amazing venue. Tomorrow I’m really going to get myself up for it. I can improve so much for the final.”

- Adam Peaty

James Guy (National Centre Bath) gave everything in the final of the Men’s 400m Freestyle but finished outside of the medals in sixth place. The 2015 silver medallist was amongst the podium places with 100m to go but missed out in a fast and furious sprint finish.

Gold went to Sun Yang of China, silver to Australian Mack Horton and bronze to Italy’s Gabriele Detti.

“Based on this morning’s swim I felt so relaxed and controlled but tonight I think I got caught up a little bit with Taehwan Park beside me. I was kind of swimming off him a little,” said Guy.

Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander) qualified for the final of the Men’s 50m Butterfly after finishing second in his semi-final and dropping his time from the heats. The Plymouth Leander swimmer goes into tomorrow’s sprint showdown as fourth fastest qualifier.

“I wasn’t overly happy with the way I did that but seeing that time of 22.91 makes me happy because it’s the semi-finals and I’ve made it through safely,” said Proud. “There’s more to give so I need to work on making sure I get things right tomorrow and go faster.”

“Today was a good day to understand where I am with my training and I definitely feel like I’m faster than that 22.80 British record that I set earlier this year.”

- Ben Proud

Both Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (National Centre Bath) and Hannah Miley (University of Aberdeen) set season best times in the semi-finals of the Women’s 200m Individual Medley. O’Connor qualified fourth for the final in 2:09.72 while Miley finished just outside in ninth in 2:11.20 with her best 400m IM event still to come.

In her first event of her debut World Championships Alys Thomas earned herself a second swim after qualifying for the semi-final of the Women’s 100m Butterfly. The City of Swansea Aquatics swimmer improved on her time in the next round to finish 12th overall and will use the experience for her favoured 200m event later in the championships.

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