Adam Peaty storms into record books as well as SPOTY contention

Peaty has claimed five gold medals from two world titles, and having already swum the ten fastest times in history in the 100m, he can also lay claim to be the only breaststroker to also have six of the best ever times in the 50m.

World champion Peaty swam 26.10 seconds in the heats to better the mark of 26.42 he set at the 2015 world championships in Kazan.

Van der Burgh and Le Clos compete in the semifinals on Tuesday evening competing for spots in Wednesday's finals. "It's hard because not everyone can do it but I guess people will have to start imitating that angulation fly movement to go and beat him", he said, reports The Guardian.

Peaty said: "My main aim when I won Commonwealths, even though I was a young, skinny kid, was to try to take on the world - 'Can I win all the grand slams in two years?'. You can't pick and choose but I am so grateful to be in front of that crowd", he told BBC Sport. "The depth here is incredible".

Australia's Mack Horton, the Olympic 400m champion who lost Sunday's final to Sun, dropped out of the 800m to focus on Saturday's 1500m freestyle heats.

King held off the threat of Russian rival Yuliya Efimova, in a race billed as a grudge rematch of their acrimonious Olympic final, and the US secured a memorable one-two as Katie Meili touched for silver in one minute 5.03 seconds. United States swimmer Caleb Dressel won the other semi-final in 47.66. The Chinese, who has now won two of his four individual freestyle tilts this week, powered to gold in an Asian record time of one minute 44.39 seconds. He touched in 1:56.64, winning his heat and qualifying for the semis third fastest overall.

Le Clos was the fourth fastest at 1.06sec off the pace. His father Bert, who became a celebrity because of his interviews during London 2012, and mother Geraldine were present in the Budapest arena. Yet without the 50m as an Olympic event, the 22-year-old will never be able to match Michael Phelps' 23 Olympic golds.

While Peaty celebrated, Katie Ledecky's domination of the 200m freestyle came to a surprising end as Federica Pellegrini took a stunning victory.

  • Rosalie Stanley