Peaty, Hosszu extend dominance at World Swim Championships
AP, Gwangju :
Adam Peaty became the first man to win a third 100-meter breaststroke title at the World Swimming Championships on Monday night. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary also added more gold to her collection.
Peaty claimed the title in 57.14 seconds, a night after he became the first man to break 57 seconds in the semifinals. The British swimmer was under his own world-record pace at the turn before coming home a full body-length in front and 1.32 seconds ahead of teammate James Wilby.
In the semis, Peaty was timed in 56.88. He's also the current Olympic champion.
"That'll fuel me for next year because I know how bad I want to clear 56 even faster now," Peaty said. "I know exactly how to do it but I've obviously run out of opportunities here."
Wilby touched in 58.46. Yan Zibei of China was third in 58.63.
Hosszu extended her dominance in the women's 200 individual medley, claiming her record fourth title. That's the same number of times she's won the 400 IM.
"It might seem just another gold medal but for me it's really special to be here and be able to win," said Hosszu, who last year filed for divorce from her husband and training partner. "It's been a tough journey."
Nicknamed "The Iron Lady" for her relentless workload, Hosszu won in 2 minutes, 7.53 seconds.
Ye Shiwen of China finished 1.07 seconds back in second. Sydney Pickrem of Canada took bronze.
Canada's Margaret MacNeil, a 19-year-old competing in her biggest international meet so far, upset Sarah Sjostrom in the women's 100 butterfly, an event the Swede had won four times.
"I was really hoping just to get on the podium," MacNeil said, "but getting a gold is just unbelievable."
Sjostrom took it out strong, dipping under her world-record pace on the first lap, while MacNeil was in fifth.
But MacNeil roared back with the fastest closing lap - 29.06 - of the eight-woman final and touched first in 55.83.
Sjostrom was second in 56.22, denied a record fifth title in the 100 fly. Emma McKeon of Australia earned bronze in 56.61.
"Obviously, I would be more happy with a gold medal," Sjostrom said.