UTTOXETER swimmer Adam Peaty has continued his stunning form with a new British 100m breaststroke record in Barcelona.
Racing in the last of the three Mare Nostrum meetings on the continent, Peaty swam 59.25 seconds, slicing three-tenths of a second from Daniel Sliwinski’s British record, which had stood since 2009.
The Uttoxeter teenager also carved more than half a second off his own personal best, which was the 59.79 he had swum in the British national championships.
As he prepares for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 19-year-old Peaty’s time is the second-fastest in the world this year.
He will be up against the man with the fastest time, Australia’s Christian Sprenger, in Glasgow. Sprenger has swum 58.87 this year.
In fact, the current four fastest breaststrokers over 100m will all be up against each other at the Commonwealths.
Cameron Van der Burgh of South African has swum 59.50 and Ross Murdoch of Scotland 59.56.
Peaty’s time also beat Van der Burgh’s Barcelona meet record of 59.73 from 2012.
Peaty tweeted: “Very happy with tonight’s performance but couldn’t believe the scoreboard!
“All that training is starting to come in very handy.”
Peaty now holds the British record for both the 100m and 50m breaststroke, having set a new mark for the shorter distance last week in Canet, France.
Peaty also added a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke to close the meeting.
He took on Russia’s Andrei Nikolaev but was beaten to the gold by a new Championship record.
Peaty swam 27.57, some way outside his record 27.19 in Canet, with Mark Tully taking fifth in 28.17 and Murdoch seventh in 28.19.
In all, British swimmers brought home 13 medals from the meeting and two others added to Peaty’s gold.
Jazz Carlin added gold in the 400m freestyle to her 1500m Freestyle title from day one as she continued her strong run of form.
The Swansea University swimmer touched in 4:04.03 to take the championship record and equal her Welsh record.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor also swam to a championship record as she won gold in the 200m individual medley.
O’Connor (British Gas NTC Bath) led throughout the final and swam close to the British record as she touched in 2:09.63.
Ripley’s Molly Renshaw, now swimming for British Gas NTC Loughborough, finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:09.10.