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Swimming: Doha Worlds: Adam Peaty breaks breaststroke British record

Teenager Adam Peaty set a new British 100m breaststroke record in the opening session of the World Short Course Championships  in Doha, Qatar.

Peaty swam a time of 57.02 seconds in his heat – taking half a second off fellow Briton Michael Jamieson’s previous best time.

The 19-year-old, who holds four European and two Commonwealth titles, swims again in Wednesday’s semi-final.

He currently holds the 50m breaststroke long course world record.

GB’s Hannah Miley competes in the final of the 400m individual medley later.

Peaty, who holds four European and two Commonwealth titles, currently holds the 50m breaststroke long course world record. He competes in the final on Thursday.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos took the first medal of the championships in Wednesday’s men’s 200m freestyle final.

Lithuania’s Plymouth-based Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte then set a new championships record time of 28.81secs in the women’s 50m breaststroke. She will face Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson in Thursday’s final – but British hope Sophie Taylor failed to qualify.

Also in Wednesday’s evening session, Miley races in a field including Hungary’s world record holder, Katinka Hosszu.

There are also semi-final races for Great Britain’s Chris Walker-Hebborn (men’s 100m backstroke), Georgia Davies (women’s 100m backstroke) and Adam Barrett (men’s 100m butterfly).

British Swimming has taken an 11-strong team to Qatar, boasting 11 Commonwealth and seven European titles between them – although Scottish Commonwealth gold medallist Ross Murdoch is missing because of a chest infection.

Six-time world champion Mark Foster said the current GB swimming squad is the best he’s seen for 30 years.

Great Britain team

Men: Adam Barrett, James Guy, Adam Peaty, Ben Proud, Chris Walker-Hebborn.

Women: Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies, Fran Halsall, Hannah Miley, Siobhan Marie O’Connor, Sophie Taylor.

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Glasgow 2014: Fran Halsall and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor win gold

Fran Halsall won her second title in Glasgow and 10th Commonwealth Games medal overall as England claimed another two golds in the pool.

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Halsall, 24, emulated her 50m freestyle success in the 50m butterfly after Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 18, had won the 200m individual medley.

England’s Liam Tancock, 29, added a bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Scotland’s men’s 4x200m freestyle team won silver, while Hannah Miley, 24, and Erraid Davies, 13, both took bronze.

Southport’s Halsall, though, was the biggest winner.

Her time of 25.2 seconds was a new British and Commonwealth record and made her the first woman to complete a Commonwealth Games sprint double.

She now has three gold, six silver and one bronze medal across the last three Games since Melbourne in 2006.

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