Great Britain’s 50 m breaststroke World record holder Adam Peaty was the star of the International Swim Meeting (ISM) in Berlin, Germany, held at the “SSE Europasportpark” pool from 2/27 to 3/1/2015. He set a new 2015 LC World best time with a 59,04 in the 100 breaststroke and also his winning time of 27,34 in the 50 breaststroke (morning heats: 27,32) was unbelievably fast at this time of the season. With Marco Koch not in the competition because of illness, Peaty didn’t have a real challenger. Several top German swimmers scratched the meet due to injury or disease, including Christian Diener and Yannick Lebherz. Fit and fast was Hungary’s multiple Olympic medalist Laszlo Cseh, with respectable swims at this early-season. Cseh showed his versatility with several World top 20 swims: 400 IM 4:21,30 (13th World ranking) , 53,19 on the 100 fly, 2:01,97 on 200 IM.
On women’s side too a British athlete showed world class swims: 18 year old Jessica Fullalove went a 1:00,82 in the 100 back (10th fastest time this year so far) and 28,71 in the 50 meter backstroke, which gives her a tie with the USA’s Kathleen Baker for 12th in the World rankings. Fullalove is a three time 2014 Youth Olympics silver medalist and obviously a swimmer to watch on the backstroke distances. Germany’s Alexandra Wenk had a good 100 fly swim and win with 59,29 – a time, she didn’t expect after several weeks of strong training.
The ISM also is a chance for young swimmers to compete internationally. Several European clubs participate with 10 or 11 year old swimmers – they are allowed to swim short distances at this meet, all 50 and 100 meters strokes. Several fast times came from 2003-born Sabina Kupcova of Slovakia, with remarkable swims like a 28,59 in the 50 free; a 50 fly in 29,67 (in prelims) or a 1:06,88 in the 100 fly.
The 2015 ISM awards for best female and male single performances went to Jessica Fullalove and Adam Peaty – two swimmers from Great Britain with a promising future.