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Van der Burgh sets new African record

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh broke his own African record in the 50m breaststroke heats at the World Championships in Budapest on Tuesday before the world record fell in the next race.

Van der Burgh – who was a no-show in the 100m breaststroke on Monday – touched the wall in 26.54. His previous African mark stood at 26.67.

In the very next race, Britain’s Adam Peaty lowered his own world record when he finished in 26.10.

"I wasn't going for a world record, I was just trying to qualify for the semis," Peaty told reporters after the race.

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"That world record was two years old, so it was kind of due another push on.

"Last night gave me the confidence as I was out on 26.50 (for the first 50m).

"I wanted to get that best lane for the semi, we'll push it on for the final."

The semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday evening.


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