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22 July

365 Great Things About Staffordshire - Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty, Fastest Breaststroker in the World

Uttoxeter’s own Adam Peaty MBE has this week (21 July 2019) once again smashed the world record smashed the world record in the 100m breaststroke becoming the first man to swim under 57 seconds.

x10 World Record Adam Peaty laid down a marker as he smashed the world record in the 100m breaststroke becoming the first man to swim under 57 seconds on 21 July 2019.

After becoming Olympic champion in Rio in 2016, Peaty set about his Project 56 the next year and he has now achieved it a year out from Tokyo in the semi-finals of the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju.

The 24-year-old touched home in 56.88 seconds, and has a buffer of nearly two seconds over his closest rival heading into the final. He could become the first swimmer ever to win three consecutive world titles over 100m breaststroke, where he is the only person to have broken 58 seconds, let alone 57.

Peaty said: “It feels incredible! I’ve been chasing that for three years now ever since I touched the wall in Rio I knew I could go faster. I said this morning I wasn’t going to chase 56, I was going to let it come to me, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.

“I’ve used all the team around me and have some great support staff at British Swimming, so a massive, massive thanks to them, especially Mel who’s been there for 10 years, so it’s a very special journey that we’ve had.

Peaty will be joined in the final this week by James Wilby who qualified third fastest in a time of 58.83 and will be looking to secure a first world medal after earning silver behind Peaty in the 100m breaststroke at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games last year.

More about Adam Peaty

Adam Peaty MBE from Uttoxeter is an Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth  Champion as he continues to dominate and lead the way in Men's international Breaststroke.

Peaty first joined Dove Valley Swimming Club in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire when he was nine, and started to win races and setting club records by the time he was twelve.

Read his full bio on the British Swimming website

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