We asked our swimming data partner TritonWear to help us with a deeper insight into performances and what makes elite swimmers fast and where they can improve. This is their TritonWear analysis.
Adam Peaty defends his reigning champion title in Tokyo: Exploring the performance with TritonWear.
The GOAT of Men’s 100 Breaststroke, Adam Peaty, defends his title in Tokyo and charges to the finish with a 57.37s, the only one to drop under 58 seconds in this race. Although his time was not Peaty’s fastest time, this race was about medaling, and he indeed delivered.
So what does it take to be the greatest of all time in the 100 Breaststroke? And how are Peaty’s competitors closing in on this event?
Nerd alert: we love data; this is why we use the same TritonWear data 30+ national federations trust when training these elite athletes, to explore the world’s best races and bring you all the insights into faster swimming.
Before we dive right into the data, here’s a quick look into the rankings:
1st Peaty Adam – 57.37
2nd Kamminga Arno – 58.00
3rd Martinenghi Nicolo- 58.33
4th Andrew Michael – 58.84
5th Wilby James – 58.96
6th Yan Zibei – 58.99
6th Wilson Andrew – 58.99
8th Shymanovich Ilya – 59.36
Unlocking performance with TritonWear
Let’s start with a quick overview of how to read the graphs below. Each circle represents a swimmer in the race, with the size representing their finishing place. So Peaty is the smallest bubble, and Ilya Shymanovich is the largest. The green bar on the box is the average across all of the athletes in the race.
Peaty, Kamminga and Martinenghi charged into the water from the start of the race with a fast reaction time (0.62s, 0.62s, 0.60s) paired with the highest *dive hang time of (0.42s, 0.49s, 0.42s). As a result, all three of them managed to carry some serious speed going in.
*Dive hang time = stayed longer during flight
Looking at the overwater phase of the race, It comes as no surprise that Peaty’s dominating the overwater speed with the highest stroke rate, 56.11 cycle/min. Interestingly, Peaty and Andrew have the highest overwater speed of 1.69 m/s and 1.67m/s but are doing it differently.
Although Peaty is moving fast through the water with his high SR, Andrew carries distance with each stroke with a phenomenal Distance per Cycle of 2.34m and only 30 strokes in total compared to the top 3 who averaged 40+ strokes.
Unfortunately, despite being among the two fastest on the overwater portion of the race, Andrew’s underwater and transition phase cost him the podium. In detail, Andrew’s average speed underwater was 2.48 m/s ( Peaty 2.6m/s, Kamminga 2.6 m/s, Martinenghi 2.51 m/s), and his average transition time was 2.3s ( Peaty 1.41s, Kamminga 1.51s, Martinenghi 1.91s).
As for Kamminga and his chance at gold, it seems that it came down to his overwater speed. Although Kamminga matched Peaty in the speed underwater, with both of them clocking 2.6 s/m, his overwater speed of 1.65m/s was not enough to dethrone the reigning champion of this event.
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