Kazan: Britain`s Adam Peaty said it was easy to break the men`s 50m breaststroke record at the world swimming championships -- the second time it has fallen on Tuesday alone.
After South Africa`s Cameron van der Burgh, the event`s reigning world champion, had set a new record time of 26.62secs in the morning`s heats, the 20-year-old Peaty came out and swam 26.42secs in the evening`s semi-finals.
"I knew there was something in there, but I decided to just stay relaxed and enjoy the environment," said Peaty, who won the 100m world title by beating Van der Burgh on the wall in Monday`s final.
"The 50m event is not an Olympic event, so there is kind of no pressure out there.
"That was a really good race, the heats this morning were so easy, my time of 26.68secs this morning was probably the easiest 50 I have ever done.
"So I just enjoyed what I was doing in tonight`s heats."
It promises to be a breaststroke battle royal between the pair again in Wednesday`s 50m final as Van der Burgh swam 26.74secs to win his semi.
Peaty`s new world record is poetic justice for the Briton who had swam 26.62sec at the European championships in Berlin last August, but his time was not ratified by swimming`s governing body FINA.