Swimming: Peaty breaks one record, Hosszu eyes another

Sat Aug 6, 2016 4:06pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Britain's Adam Peaty smashed his own 100 meters breaststroke world record and Hungary's 'Iron Lady' Katinka Hosszu had another in her sights on an explosive opening day in the pool at the Rio Olympics.

American golden girl Katie Ledecky meanwhile set herself up for the first medal of a likely hefty haul after swimming the final leg of the 4x100 freestyle relay.

On a normal day Ledecky might have been the center of attention, but Peaty seized the limelight like a man on a mission.

The 21-year-old released plenty of pent-up energy to ensure a sensational start on his Olympic debut, completing the first 50 meters 0.35 seconds inside world record pace.

The crowd raised the roof as he touched out in 57.55.

The world champion had set the previous record of 57.92 in London in April 2015 and is favorite to become Britain's first male swimming gold medalist since Adrian Moorhouse in the same event in 1988.

Peaty, who was not even born then, has another swim in the evening semi-finals before Sunday's final.

"Hopefully tonight I'm going to feel a little bit better and swim a little bit faster... We're going to keep pushing the boundary," he told reporters.   Continued...

Aug 6, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;  Adam Peaty (GBR) after the men's 100m breaststroke heats during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports