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.