Swimming records fall as Phelps collects 19th gold

Sunday sees world records tumble in the swimming pool, as Adam Peaty and then Katie Ledecky both set new world record times on the way to Olympic gold in Rio. Michel Phelps also helps Team USA to gold in Men’s 4X100 metres relay.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AUGUST 7, 2016) (IOC) – Michael Phelps picked up his 19th gold medal on a second night of world records in the Olympic pool on Sunday (July 7), with Katie Ledecky cruising to women’s 400 metres freestyle victory and Britain’s Adam Peaty running away with the men’s 100 breaststroke.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom extended Saturday’s (August 6) record spree in winning the 100 metres butterfly, and Peaty and Ledecky followed suit in the next two finals before the U.S. men’s team, with Phelps swimming second, took the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Six swimming world records have now fallen in two days of competition, and the United States moved level with Australia on two gold medals each.

Britain’s Peaty set his second world record in consecutive days, winning by a huge margin of victory – 1.56 seconds – over defending champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa.

The last British man to win an Olympic swimming gold was Adrian Moorhouse in the same event in 1988, six years before Peaty was born. On a big night for the British team, Jazz Carlin won a silver medal behind Ledecky.

Ledecky, the rising U.S. swimming sensation, shaved 1.91 seconds off her own world record on the way to the 400m gold, the first stage of a rare treble she hopes to complete along with the 200m and 800m.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, now has 19 golds, two silvers and two bronzes. For his relay team mates Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held, it was their first Olympic medal.

London Olympics 100 freestyle champion Nathan Adrian swam the final leg for the Americans, touching first ahead of France and Australia.

Olympic swimming men’s 100m breaststroke final result

1. Adam Peaty (Britain) 57.13 seconds WR

2. Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa) 58.69

3. Cody Miller (U.S.) 58.87

4. Kevin Cordes (U.S.) 59.22

5. Joao Gomes Jr (Brazil) 59.31

6. Yasuhiro Koseki (Japan) 59.37

7. Felipe Franca Da Silva (Brazil) 59.38

8. Dmitriy Balandin (Kazakhstan) 59.95

Olympic swimming women’s 400m freestyle final result

1. Katie Ledecky (U.S.) 3 minutes 56.46 seconds WR

2. Jazmin Carlin (Britain) 4:01.23

3. Leah Smith (U.S.) 4:01.92

4. Boglarka Kapas (Hungary) 4:02.37

5. Brittany MacLean (Canada) 4:04.69

6. Tamsin Cook (Australia) 4:05.30

7. Jessica Ashwood (Australia) 4:05.68

8. Coralie Balmy (France) 4:06.98

Olympic swimming men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay final result

1. U.S. (Caeleb Dressel/Michael Phelps/Ryan Held/Nathan Adrian) 3 minutes 9.92 seconds

2. France (Mehdy Metella/Fabien Gilot/Florent Manaudou/Jeremy Stravius) 3:10.53

3. Australia (James Roberts/Kyle Chalmers/James Magnussen/Cameron McEvoy) 3:11.37