Just one week after breaking the world record for the 100m Breaststroke, Adam Peaty re-wrote his own history once more as he lowered his time on the long-course race on the last night of the International Swimming Leagues (ISL) on Sunday.
It wouldn’t be the only triumph for the local lad this weekend as he also managed to set a new British record in the 50m short-course edition of the Breaststroke as he helped his London Roar side to a third-place finish in the table.
The 25-year-old’s 100m race was the most enthralling to see, with Peaty putting on a marvellous display to shatter his previous record and replace it with a new time of 55.41.
What made the feat more impressive was that his time was enough to beat Belarusian Ilya Shymanovich, who finished second and in doing so, match Peaty’s previous week-long record time of 55.49 seconds.
Just like last week, there was no time to rest for the eight-time Olympic champion as he quickly returned to the pool to compete in the 50m Skins event, where the choice of stroke was breaststroke, and comfortably advanced with a time of 25.41 to better his British record also set last week in Hungary.
Peaty’s second swim however presented a much tougher test, with only the first two advancing to race in a third and final swim, however the Uttoxeter-born swimmer made sure of his passage by finishing second.
Upon yet another remarkable night of achievements to further cement his title as one of, if not the best swimmers around, Peaty still believes he has more to come.
He said: I’m very happy to come away with another world record and on the 50m again it was another British record and a PB, so I’m getting closer to the 50m world record, which would be ideal!
“I tried to use my energy to get the best swims I could – still a lot to grow, still a lot to learn, but I think I’m in a very good place going into a long course season now, and the Olympics.
“I’m very happy with my performances and I think the team can be very happy with where we ended up – it was very, very close.”
Despite his best efforts in Budapest, it wasn’t enough for his side London Roar, who finished behind Energy Standard and this year’s champions Cali Condors to finish third.
Whilst the ISL campaign draws to a close, attention will now turn to the long-course season before the delayed Tokyo Olympics where Britain’s best swimmer will look to defend his accolades from Rio 2016.