Swimming - 'Water hater' Peaty sets new 50m breaststroke world record

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Swimming - 'Water hater' Peaty sets new 50m breaststroke world record
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Britain's Adam Peaty celebrates after he set a new 50m breaststroke world record in the men's …

- Great Britain's Adam Peaty set a new world record of 26.62sec in the 50m breaststroke at the European Championships before revealing he hated swimming when he was a child.

The 19-year-old took 0.05sec off Cameron van der Burgh's world record from the 2009 World Championships when the performance-enhancing supersuits era was at its peak.

It is a far cry from the little boy who was so scared of water he would not go in the bath or the shower.

As for swimming, he admitted: "I hated the pool."

He overcame his fears and the last weeks have been a fairytale -– although a well-deserved one -- for the Englishman who claimed two golds and one silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"I feel absolutely amazing. I had to look at that scoreboard about five times before I knew I had broken it," Peaty added.

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