British swimmer Adam Peaty set a new world record at 100m in the semi-finals of the World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea.
The 24-year-old Peaty suppressed his previous record by more than two tenths of a second and was the first to swim the race in less than 57 seconds, setting a time of 56.88.
"There is no other word except & # 39; unbelievable, "he told the Guardian," Obviously I've been behind the wall in Rio for three years since touching them. I thought I could go faster. "
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The record is especially memorable for Peaty, having suffered a mental slump at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro following his gold medal in breaststroke He told the BBC that he practices "active meditation" to promote his sanity.
"It's very difficult to stay number one during this time, which puts a lot of mental strain on you, and you're physically exhausted," he said to the outlet before the race.
Peaty finished the race almost two seconds ahead of China's swimmer Yan Zibei, who finished second in the first semi-final in South Korea with a respectable time of 58.67 seconds.
Although the swimmer struggles with mental health issues, he has run the 100-meter breast lift in recent years, reaching the top 14 times in this category.
Peaty previously told BBC Sport that he found it a good idea to break his own record in South Korea, describing him as the "57-second magic barrier," but it looks good, "Peaty told the outlet.
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Next up for Peaty are the 2020 Summer Olympics in Toyko, where he will seek to retain his title in the 100m Breast.