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Peaty is so proud of world title but vows to go faster

 

Adam Peaty
Adam Peaty

By Steve Simpson

Adam Peaty led home a British one-two to clinch his third straight 100m breaststroke world title in South Korea, then admitted he was disappointed not to have lowered his world record.

The 24-year-old clocked a winning time of 57.14 seconds in Gwangju, well ahead of team-mate and training partner James Wilby who eclipsed China's Yan Zibei to take an impressive silver.

It meant there was no repeat of Peaty's history-shattering performance in the semi-finals when he timed 56.88 seconds to become the first swimmer in his event to break the 57-second barrier.

But Peaty said his final time would serve as a reminder that he still has more to learn - and it will focus his quest to trim the time still further in the build-up to next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Peaty said: "This is still very special to me, winning a World Championship title and faster than I've ever done it before.

"It's a little bit slower than (Sunday) night as I made a tiny little error with speed on the first 50. But I think the most important thing going into next year is I'm still learning about myself.

"I'm very happy. With that constant expectation I put on myself there is a little bit of disappointment in me, but I think that will fuel me for next year."

Wilby expressed his delight at claiming his first career world medal in a time of 58.46secs behind Peaty and said: "I'm really happy to get that silver medal and a Britain one-two means an awful lot to us as well."

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