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Adam Peaty sets world record in 50-metre breaststroke

Britain's Adam Peaty celebrates winning the gold medal and setting a new world record after the men's 50m breaststroke final at the LEN Swimming European Championships in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

Michael Sohn/AP

Adam Peaty of Britain has set a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke, finishing in 26.62 seconds in a semifinal heat at the European Swimming Championship on Friday.

Peaty appeared amazed at the end and needed a few moments to realize that he had set a new mark.

The old record of 26.67 seconds belonged to Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa, set on July 29, 2009, in Rome.

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