Australia breaks swimming world record, Adam Peaty’s winning streak ends

Australia broke the world record for the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay and peated adam lost a 100m breaststroke in major international competition for the first time at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

madison wilson, Kiah Melverton, Mollie O’Callaghan and Ariane Timus combined for a time of 7:39.29 in Birmingham, Great Britain. They took 1.04 seconds off the Chinese world record from the Tokyo Olympics.

Titmus, the Olympic 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle champion, clocked the fastest 4x200m freestyle relay in history in 1:52.82, smashing the previous record of 1:53.45 set by the Italian. Federica Pellegrini at the 2009 world championships.

In May, Titmus became the first swimmer other than Katie Ledecky to break a Ledecky world record, setting Ledecky’s fastest time in the 400 m freestyle.

Titmus skipped last month’s world championships, where she would have faced Ledecky, to focus on the Commonwealths.

Titmus and Ledecky haven’t faced each other since Tokyo and may not do so until next summer’s world championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Earlier on Sunday, Britain’s Peaty finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke, an event where he won every Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games title from 2014 to 2021.

Peaty, who holds the 17 best times in history led by the world record of 56.88, clocked 59.86 in Sunday’s final, two and a half months after breaking a bone in his right foot, which caused him to miss the world championships in June.

“The lack of training, the lack of running, that’s how it is,” the 27-year-old told the BBC. “I’m a fighter. Sometimes you have to have those moments to keep fighting, really. … It’s a huge moment for me, really, because it’s part of my career now where you choose to keep going or keep going. to beat you or whatever. I know this is probably my last Commonwealth Games.

If Peaty had repeated his time in Saturday’s semi-final, he would have won gold against his compatriot Jacques Wilby. Peaty led by 0.13 at the 50-yard mark in the final and was passed by three men in the final 20 yards.

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