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Adam Peaty (C) celebrates winning the 100m breaststroke world title along with silver medalist James Wilby (L) and Yan Zibei who took bronze for China

‘That will fuel me for next year’: Adam Peaty eyes Tokyo 2020 glory after third 100m breaststroke world title

  • Adam Peaty successfully defended his 100m breaststroke world title in Gwangiu
  • He led home fellow British team-mate James Wilby in a time of 57.14 seconds
  • Wilby was over a second down on Peaty, while Yan Zibei of China took bronze 
  • For Peaty, all his focus now turns to achieving success at Tokyo 2020 
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Adam Peaty’s constant desire to take his sport even further into new territory fuelled the fire for Tokyo 2020 after he raced to a British one-two with James Wilby in the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Twenty-four hours after ‘Project 56’ was realised when he became the first swimmer to dip under 57 seconds, Peaty became the first man to claim a third successive world title over two lengths in 57.14sec, the fourth-fastest time in history.

Wilby set a personal best of 58.46 to move third equal in history alongside 2012 Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh. 

Adam Peaty (C) celebrates winning the 100m breaststroke world title along with silver medalist James Wilby (L) and Yan Zibei who took bronze for China

Adam Peaty (C) celebrates winning the 100m breaststroke world title along with silver medalist James Wilby (L) and Yan Zibei who took bronze for China

Peaty's triumph ensures he has won the 100m breaststroke title for a third consecutive time

Peaty's triumph ensures he has won the 100m breaststroke title for a third consecutive time

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Peaty’s triumph ensures he has won the 100m breaststroke title for a third consecutive time 

There was, though, a tinge of disappointment for Peaty who turned at halfway on world-record pace.

He said: ‘It’s still a 57.1 which is about a second and a half faster than the rest. Very happy, but with that constant expectation I put on myself there is a bit of disappointment. 

‘That will fuel me for next year because I know how bad I want to go 56, and I know how to do it.’

The Brit celebrates in the pool after cruising to victory in the final held in South Korea

The Brit celebrates in the pool after cruising to victory in the final held in South Korea

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The Brit celebrates in the pool after cruising to victory in the final held in South Korea

Peaty shakes hands with Zibei following his comfortable triumph in Gwangiu

Peaty shakes hands with Zibei following his comfortable triumph in Gwangiu

Peaty shakes hands with Zibei following his comfortable triumph in Gwangiu