Peaty wins seventh world title
Swimming

Peaty wins seventh world title

24 July 2019 / 14:14
Adam Peaty completed the triple double as he retained his title in the 50m breaststroke at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju.

The 24-year-old clinched his third consecutive title at the sprint event winning in 26.06 seconds, 0.6 second ahead of silver medallist Felipe Lima.

It was Peaty’s second title of the week, after he secured his third consecutive 100m breaststroke crown earlier in the competition.

Including his triumph as part of the 4x100m mixed medley relay in Kazan in 2015, the Olympic champion now has seven world titles to his name.

Peaty then joined his teammates Georgia Davies, James Guy and Freya Anderson in the 4x100m mixed medley relay as the quartet claimed the bronze medal finishing just 0.1 seconds ahead of Russia.

Earlier in the session, Davies had cruised through to the final of the 50m backstroke in third place after swimming 27.72.

Meanwhile Duncan Scott made the final of the 200m individual medley with Alys Thomas and Laura Stephens qualifying for the final of the 200m butterfly in sixth and eighth place.

Over at the high diving, Gary Hunt sealed his second world title after triumphing in the men’s 27m.

The 35-year-old was fourth with two rounds remaining but moved into bronze position when he scored 97.20 with his penultimate dive.

For his last dive, the 2015 world champion produced an immaculate back triple somersault with quadruple twists which scored perfect 10s and confirmed him as champion with a total of 442.20 points.

Victory proved to be redemption for Hunt who missed out on a medal at the 2017 world championships in Budapest after an error on the same dive saw him drop to fifth place but he has learnt from those mistakes.

“It’s hard to explain your feelings after such a final,” Hunt said.

“I’m still shocked! I was a bit disappointed after the first two rounds, but I decided I should fight until the end.

“I learnt a big lesson in Budapest – I messed up with this dive because I couldn’t handle the pressure.

“The execution of the dive was also not so secure then – I’ve improved a lot since 2017. I now know what I have to do.”

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