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Adam Peaty sets world record in 100m breaststroke heat at Rio 2016

• Peaty improves his own record time with 57.55sec
• 21-year-old a big favourite for Sunday’s final
Miley misses out as Peaty goes into final

The last time any British man won an Olympic swimming gold was in 1988. It is a sobering fact worth contemplating for a second. Margaret Thatcher was still in power, Sandy Lyle was winning the US Masters and Paul Gascoigne had just become the country’s first £2m footballer. Little did Adrian Moorhouse imagine there would still be clear water between him and his compatriots 28 years later. But Adam Peaty is a different story – here, making his Olympic bow, he broke his own 100m breaststroke world record in the heats and must now be considered the overwhelming favourite to win gold in Sunday’s final.

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