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Peaty wins world gold; SWIMMING.

GREAT Britain's Adam Peaty won gold in the men's 100 metres breaststroke at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The 20-year-old City of Derby swimmer was trailing Cameron van der Burgh for much of the final, with the South African under world record pace at the turn.

However, Peaty overhauled Van der Burgh in the final 25m to win in 58.52 seconds.

Van der Burgh was second in 58.59secs and Britain's Ross Murdoch claimed the bronze medal in 59.09.

It was the latest in a series of successes for Peaty, boosting hopes for next summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and four gold medals in the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, including in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

He is also world record holder over 50m and 100m breaststroke. The 50m breaststroke begins in Kazan today with the final on Wednesday.

Peaty had set a championship record en route to the 100m final and delivered gold in a discipline in which Britain has pedigree through Duncan Goodhew, Adrian Moorhouse, Nick Gillingham and Michael Jamieson.

Peaty said: "I wasn't going for my world record, I was just going for gold.

"I knew I had some catching up to do but I kept fighting right to the end and it paid off."

Murdoch raced in lane eight, but clocked a Scottish record in an event which is not his best - that is the 200m breaststroke which takes place on Thursday and Friday.

He said: "I can't believe I got my hands on that world medal.

"I still feel a little bit out of my comfort zone at the faster (stroke) rates.

"I'm the fastest I've ever been. That gives me a lot of confidence going into next year for the front end of that 200."

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