Adam Peaty Breaks British, U.S. Open Records in 100 Breaststroke


  • Friday, December 20 – Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM Local Time (U.S. Pacific Time)
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, NV
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • Top 4 qualifying franchises: Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, Cali Condors
  • Live Stream (ESPN3)
  • Day 1 complete results
  • Day 2, Session 1 results

British breaststroker Adam Peaty broke the British and U.S. Open Records in the men’s 100 short course meter breaststroke on Saturday at the International Swimming League grand finale. That’s his 3rd win of the season, meaning he’s won the race in all 3 meets in which he’s competed this season.

Peaty swam 55.92 in the event on Saturday, which broke his own British Record of 55.94 that he set at the 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships. It also broke the old U.S. Open Record that was set by American Ian Finnerty at the U.S. Derby meet when he swam 56.29, which is also the American Record. The U.S. Open Record refers to the fastest swim on American soil, by a swimmer of any nationality. Finnerty’s DC Trident team didn’t qualify for this final.

Comparative Splits:

50m 100m Total Time
Old US Open Record 26.27 30.02 56.29
Old British Record 26.06 29.88 55.94
New Peaty Records 26.24 29.68 55.92

Ilya Shymanovych, who placed 2nd on Saturday, holds the European Record in 55.89, while Cameron van der Burgh holds the World Record in 55.61.

Peaty is the defending World champion, Olympic champion, and World Record holder in the 100 breaststroke in a long course, 50-meter pool, and it’s not particularly close. But the strength of his swimming is his stroke, as compared to his starts and turns that weigh more heavily in a short course, 25-meter pool – so much so that he once famously said “short course is pretty much dead to me. I don’t really care. People can do what they want, but I know some of them can’t convert to long course.”

All-Time Top Performers, Men’s 100 SCM Breaststroke:

  1. Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa – 55.61
  2. Ilya Shymanovich, Belarus – 55.89
  3. Adam Peaty, UK – 55.92
  4. Kiril Prigoda, Russia – 56.02
  5. Arno Kamminga, Netherlands – 56.06



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VDB’s wrs were set in a polyurethane bodysuit.


and his usual double fly kick

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