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
5 years ago

Video? NBC didnt air it.

Kordez
Reply to  Kordez
5 years ago

Nevermind

_No_
Reply to  Kordez
5 years ago

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

JDSwim
Reply to  Kordez
5 years ago
Sven
Reply to  JDSwim
5 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
5 years ago

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

CanadianShark
Reply to  UCB
5 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
5 years ago

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

SixGoldforLedecky
Reply to  UCB
5 years ago

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

Kordez
5 years ago

Is it crazy to say Peaty could be under 57?

drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Kordez
5 years ago

nah

Paswim
5 years ago

Cartoonishly fast.

Guilherme
5 years ago

It’s plausible tha he can go under the 50 WR in the first 50 during semis and finals!!!! Damnn

Murica
5 years ago

After several more watches, I’ve arrived at a few conclusions.

1. Peaty has a 56 in him. He can have more explosiveness and hip undulation on the second 50 especially. If he is conditioned to hold the sprint that he has coming into the 50 wall, we could see 56 high.

2. I think we are going to be seeing more swimmers have success pulling off faster than usual prelim swims. I think swimmers are proving that they have the athleticism and stamina to pull it off, and I’m pretty sure it makes sense to condition your body to get used to the pain of your event, so that by the 3rd race you subconsciously know what to expect. … Read more »

Gina
5 years ago

What an incredible swim. I’m so greatful that we get to watch it all on BBC with no interuptions.

Is it true that NBC don’t do this and have not shown some swimming live? This is crazy at the Olympics!

Kordez
Reply to  Gina
5 years ago

They show an hour of biking for every 10 minutes of non live swimming

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Gina
5 years ago

I record most Races on the BBC channel – they are the best at covering the Olympics as far as i know

tea rex
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Is there a legal way for you to share those races? Youtube?

NBC pays a gazillion dollars for the rights, so it’s understandable they want to make that money back by showing 70% commercials. But still, it stinks.

Reid
Reply to  Gina
5 years ago

They showed all of the circle seeded heats live until the breaststroke because the cycling was ending. Not unreasonable to delay a prelim for a medal round.

Seriously
Reply to  Gina
5 years ago

To be fair if you use their stream you can see literally any sport and nothing is skipped.

Track
5 years ago

I think in the semis tonight he goes for the 50 breast WR, he can qualify no problem and can rebreak the 100 record in the final

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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