Kazan: Britain's Adam Peaty completed the double of world breaststroke titles yesterday after adding the 50m title to his 100m crown — then claimed a third gold in the mixed medley.
Britain's Adam Peaty. Pic/AFP
The 20-year-old, who set the 50m world record of 26.42sec in Tuesday's semi-final, clocked 26.51 in the final with South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh, the 2013 world champion, taking silver, 0.15sec back.
Kevin Cordes of the United States earned bronze at 0.35sec. "That was really good. I missed a couple of strokes, but I just stayed on top of the water," said Peaty. "It was just a race to touch the wall first and thankfully it was my day. "I got the world record yesterday and secured the title today — I couldn't really ask for more."
Pitching for the team
Peaty then backed up his individual success by helping the British quartet win the 4x100m mixed medley relay in a new world record for his second gold of the night and his country's third of the day after Gary Hunt's victory earlier in the high-diving event.
More world records tumbled in the Kazan pool in yesterday's heats as the mixed 4x100m medley relay mark fell twice.
The USA quartet of Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kendyl Stewart and Lia Neal clocked 3:42.33 mins.
The new world record came just minutes after Russia had swum 3:45.87 mins to better the old record of 3:46.52.