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Adam Peaty, Sarah Sjostrom grab spotlight at world championships

Adam Peaty, Sarah Sjostrom grab spotlight at world championships

"I was very surprised to see I was so close to the world record", she said. By the halfway mark the race was won and next for Peaty was to beat his world record as per 'Project 56'.

And the Olympic 100m breaststroke champion is confident he can go even quicker ahead of Tuesday night's final.

"You aim for world records, but they are world records for a reason".

"I went out there with a lot of guts tonight", he said afterwards.

Adam Peaty not only retained his world 100m crown by the biggest margin in history last night, he nearly set the 50m world record at the halfway mark.

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom was surprised to come close to her own world record in becoming the first woman to win four golds in the women's 100m butterfly.

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Racing in separate heats, Van der Burgh looked in fine fettle as he qualified second fastest with a personal best time of 26.54 seconds.

The South African was the joint record holder with Peaty before the Brit lowered his own time in Kazan.

The 22-year-old, who was a contender for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award last year, touched the wall ahead of USA's Kevin Cordes and Kirill Prigoda of Russian Federation.

"I was quite relaxed".

He has already won the most golds by any British swimmer at the World Aquatics Championships helping Britain claim world gold in the mixed medley relay event two years ago with a world record time of 3:41.71sec.

"It's 10am. It's quite early for a world record". "We all know what Adam is capable of so it's a case of going back now and plan going forward".


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