European Championships: Adam Peaty Lowers World Record in Men’s 50 Breast

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BERLIN, Germany, August 22. GREAT Britain’s Adam Peaty set a world record in the semi-finals of men’s 50 breast during the evening session at the European Championships in Berlin. Peaty clocked 26.62, edging Cameron van der Burgh’s world record-time of 26.67 from the 2009 World Championships. He also broke his own European record of 26.78 set in winning the Commonwealth title last month. Obviously, Peaty qualified first for tomorrow’s final, leading Serbia’s Cada Siladji (27.33) and Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (27.39).

Peaty is the first British man since Adrian Moorhouse to hold the world record, when he clocked a 1:01.49 more than two decades ago.



  1. avatar
    Mark Robinson

    Huge glide in at the finish too, could’ve been a 26-low. Massive talent at just 19. Could be 57-mid in the 100 by Rio; will take some stopping!

  2. avatar
    Peter Scott

    Congratulations Adam Peaty!!! Not the best finish though and still a world record. (beats shiny suit record) More to come in the final tomorrow. A possible 26.5 or faster. Inspiring stuff!! Sub 57 for the 100m in Rio?

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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