Peaty and Proud hit the gold trail for Great Britain
Olympic champion Adam Peaty claimed an expected title before proving the inspiration for Great Britain team-mate Ben Proud to secure a surprise gold medal at the World Championships in Budapest last night.
Peaty bettered his own championship record to finish in 57.47 seconds, and, moments after he had received his second successive 100m breaststroke World title, Proud won the 50m butterfly.
Proud had qualified fourth fastest, but built on a superb start to touch the wall in 22.75.
Peaty was 1.32 seconds clear of the field and was happy with his performance. He said: "The way I swam it is very encouraging for me for the future."
Proud and Peaty are both aged 22 and both won gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It has taken the Plymouth swimmer a little longer to take a global title, in his third World Championships, but he paid tribute to trailblazer Peaty.
"He has really taken Britain a step forwards," Proud said. "It's made it easier for that next person to go up and win gold.
"We saw it two years ago with James Guy. Britain's a force to be reckoned with right now."