Adam Peaty Breaks World Record in 100 Meter Breaststroke at British Champs, Clears 58 Seconds

British breaststroker Adam Peaty has broken the World Record in the men’s 100 long course meter breaststroke, swimming a 57.92 on Friday at the London Olympic Aquatics Centre during the finals of the 2015 British National Championships. That clears the old record by over half-a-second, breaking the 58.46 done by South African Cameron van der Burgh at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the same pool.

The comparative splits:

  • Van der Bugh ’12: 27.07/31.39 = 58.46
  • Peaty ’15: 27.04/30.88 = 57.92

Peaty and Van der burgh are both great 50 breaststrokers and both have very good front-end speed (last summer, Peaty broke the World Record in the 50 meter distance). But it was the back-half of this race where Peaty really dropped the proverbial hammer.

The 20-year old Peaty is the first British swimmer to hold the World Record in this event since 1991, when Adrian Moorhouse’s record was broken by Hungarian Norbert Rozsa. Moorhouse held the record for two years, across three different swims, and is the only British swimmer to ever hold the record in the 100 breaststroke.



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Wow. Just wow. That’s huge.

Philip Johnson

Wow, be didn’t just break it, he demolished it. I just hope it wasn’t broken in a dishonest way (i.e. multiple dolphin kicks).

British swimming is looking awfully formidable. They could be the top European swimming country this summer.


No chance in hell – His Dolphins are slower than his stroke


No chance in hell – His Dolphins are slower than his stroke

His dive is fairly rotten as well


I wouldnt exactly say it was rotten due tot the fact that it set him up for the greatest 100 BR ever swum by man.


They were already the best european nation last year (by far) and will very likely be at least until 2020, only russia could challenge GB. In my opinion its USA-Australia-Japan-China-GB and then the rest. France could win more gold medals (Manaudou 50 free, Agnel 200 free, 4 x 100 free relay) than GB (Peaty 100 breast, Murdoch 200 breast, CWH 100 back, Halsall 50 free, SMOC 200/400 IM), but there is no european nation that could come even close to GB in the total amount of medals.

With this plus that backstroke, I kinda feel a bit worried about the men’s 400 medley relay in Kazan now, too…

M Palota

You’ve got cause to be worried. Hebron-Smith can hang with anybody in the world on the backstroke leg and nobody – absolutely nobody – can touch Peatty in breaststroke. Great Britain could be up by 2+ seconds by the ‘fly leg.

The GB ‘flyers are, on paper, marginally slower than the Yanks but not by much. If it goes to form, Nathan Adrian will have to run down Proud or Jarvis. And he’ll – Adrian – will have to go 47-low, 46-high.


2+ seconds is an overstatement best times flat/flying start:
Grevers- 52.1 vs Walker-Hebborn’s 52.88
Cordes-58.6 vs Peaty 57.9

M Palota

Walker-Hebron… Thank you for correcting me.

I still think the Americans will be chasing. Grevers get’s .8 on Walker-Hebron at best and I don’t think there’s an American breaststroker that within 1.5 seconds of Peatty. Cordes looks like he’s lost a bit this year.

The flyers are a saw without Phelps; the Brits have trouble with Proud or Jarvis on the free leg. Both would struggle to hold off a charging Nathan Adrian.


theirs a margin of swimmers that have been 59.8 (1.5seconds) from adam peaty this year.

Sean S

The times you posted are really deceiving though as Grevers was well off of that time last year and Cordes was 58.6 with a relay start and Peaty was 57.9 with a flat start. In Kazan I wouldn’t be surprised to see 52.6-8 from Grevers and 59.0 from the breaststroker while GB will probably be a couple tenths behind after back, but can get a 57.4 from Peaty.


Also cannot forget Ryan Murphy for U.S. backstroke. He seems like he knows what he needs to do to get to a 52 mid or faster. He has made some really nice improvements this year (some people just shrug off SCY, but at the Austin Arena meet he put up some solid in season times LCM demonstrating improvments (so did Grevers)). I do not know if time trials are aloud at Worlds, but I could definitely see him doing that and/or swimming prelims 400 medley for the U.S.

Also Grevers could very well break the world record this summer, to reestablish himself as the worlds best.

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