Swimming: Caeleb Dressel, Adam Peaty set world records at ISL finals

Swimming: Caeleb Dressel, Adam Peaty set world records at ISL finals

BUDAPEST (REUTERS) – World and Olympic champions Caeleb Dressel and Adam Peaty smashed their own short course world records on the final day of the International Swimming League (ISL) season in Budapest on Sunday (Nov 22).

American Dressel, who last Monday became the first man to swim the 100m Individual Medley in under 50 seconds, sliced a further six tenths off his record of 49.88 with a new best of 49.28.

The 24-year-old, racing for the Cali Condors team, has now gone nearly a second faster than anyone else in history with the next best being Russian Vladimir Morozov who set a then-record 50.26 in 2018.

London Roar’s Peaty touched the wall with a time of 55.41 in the 100m breaststroke, beating the record 55.49 the Briton set in the same pool a week ago.

“It feels like every race is a world championship or an Olympic final, it’s incredible,” said London Roar general manager Rob Woodhouse. “Seeing all these world records is just amazing.”

Dressel, a double Olympic gold medallist in 2016 and winner of seven world championship golds in Budapest in 2017, set two world records on Saturday in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

Dutch swimmer Kira Toussaint, Peaty’s London Roar team mate, set a women’s 50m backstroke world record of 25.60 on Nov 14.

Teams have been racing behind closed doors in Budapest since Oct 16 with Energy Standard, Cali Condors, LA Current and London Roar reaching the finals.

The unbeaten Condors emerged as the 2020 champions.

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