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Rio 2016 ; Peaty breaks 100m breaststroke world record

Adam Peaty fired out a major warning to his Olympic rivals in Rio by breaking his own 100 metres breaststroke world record in the heats on Saturday.

The 21-year-old, hotly fancied to become Britain’s first male Olympic champion in swimming since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988, came home in 57.55 seconds.

The time was 0.37secs faster than the record he set last year.

Peaty went into the opening day of competition at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium as world record holder, world, European and Commonwealth champion in the 100m breaststroke and, as a statement that he is out to add Olympic gold to the collection, this was as emphatic as they come.

He was well over a second quicker than Yasuhiro Koseki, the second fastest qualifier for the semi-finals. In fact there was less time separating Yasuhiro and the 16th and final fastest qualifying mark than between the Japanese and Peaty. The gold is surely the Briton’s to lose.

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