Adam Peaty and Ben Proud both struck gold for Britain at the world aquatics championships on Monday as Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu came close to tears.
Peaty clocked a new championship record of 57.47 seconds to defend his 100m breaststroke title and deliver Britain their first swimming gold in Budapest.
The proud 22-year-old said the sight of the Union Flag alone fires him up before he races.
Peaty’s victory triggered more British swimming success at the Duna Arena, as less than half an hour later Proud won the men’s 50m butterfly final in a photo finish.
Proud, 22, clocked 22.75 seconds in the sprint with Brazil’s Nicholas Santos, second at 0.04sec, with Andrii Govorov of Ukraine taking bronze, 0.09sec behind.
The 2014 Commonwealth champion was seen as an outsider having finished fourth in the semi-finals and Proud only realised he had won when no-one else celebrated.
Hosszu admitted she was bursting with emotion after retaining her women’s 200m individual medley title in front of her home crowd.
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