Adam Peaty Demolishes 100 Breast World Record In Prelims

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

In the final heat of the men’s 100 breaststroke, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty blew away the field, crushing his previous world record of 57.92 down to a blistering 57.55. He was out fast; 26.69 at the 50, the fastest he’s ever gone out, and back fast; 30.86 coming home for his fastest ever opening and closing 50s put together into one magical swim. It was evident he had improved his start, as opposed to last years World Championships where he emerged from the dive with a deficit, he quickly moved into the lead early on in the race and never looked back. His time of 57.92 was done at the 2015 British Nationals. He was unable to match that last summer, going 58.18 in the semi-finals of the World Championships and ultimately winning the gold in 58.52. He won the European Championships this past May in 58.36 Here’s a comparative look at his splits:

  • 2015 British Championships: 27.04 (30.88), 57.92
  • 2015 World Championships: 27.21 (30.97), 58.18 (Semi-final swim)
  • 2016 European Championships: 27.21 (31.15), 58.36
  • 2016 Olympic Games: 26.69 (30.86), 57.55 (Prelim swim) WR

Peaty obviously easily qualified 1st, followed by Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (58.91), Brazil’s Felipe Franca (59.01) and the US’ Kevin Cordes (59.13).

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Kordez
4 years ago

Video? NBC didnt air it.

Kordez
Reply to  Kordez
4 years ago

Nevermind

_No_
Reply to  Kordez
4 years ago

You should watch their stream, they show everything on there.

JDSwim
Reply to  Kordez
4 years ago
Sven
Reply to  JDSwim
4 years ago

I love that little nod he gives when he looks at the time. Like “57.5? Faster than anyone has ever gone before? Sounds about right”

UCB
4 years ago

Tape delay on the West Coast. Thanks for the spoiler.

CanadianShark
Reply to  UCB
4 years ago

Why on earth are you on SwimSwam if you don’t want to be spoiled? There’s going to be headlines like this all week long obviously.

mcmflyguy
Reply to  UCB
4 years ago

that sucks, but at least its only prelims and not finals.

SixGoldforLedecky
Reply to  UCB
4 years ago

Why are you surprised to see swimming news on a swimswam?

Kordez
4 years ago

Is it crazy to say Peaty could be under 57?

drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Kordez
4 years ago

nah

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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