Adam Peaty ready for World Swimming Championships bow

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Peaty targeting new world record

World-record holder Adam Peaty says he knows he will be a marked man as he prepares for his first World Aquatics Championships in Russia.

The City of Derby swimmer had a superb breakthrough season in 2014, when he won four European gold medals and broke the world 50m breaststroke record.

The 20-year-old added his second world record in the 100m breaststroke at the British Championships in April.

"I know people will want to hunt me down," he told East Midlands Today.

"Last year I was the hunter, but things have changed now I have the world records."

He also won double gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m relay medley, and three silver medals at the World Short Course Championships in Doha.

Peaty will be one of Britain's brightest hopes in Russia, which gets under way in Kazan on Saturday with the Diving World Championships.

The swimming part of the competition begins on Sunday, 2 August.

Peaty will compete in the breaststroke on three fronts. If all goes to plan, he will go for gold in the 100m final on 3 August, the 50m two days later and 200m on 7 August.

"All the hard work is done. All the tough grind, all the moments you want to cry, bleed and sweat," Peaty added.

"It's all about resting now and executing the race plan perfectly so hopefully I can get even faster."

The BBC has live coverage of the World Aquatics Championships across BBC TV, Red Button, desktop, mobile, tablet and app from 12:50 BST on Saturday, 25 July. Click here for the full schedule.

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