Adam Peaty hits world’s best 100 breaststroke time at ISM Berlin

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.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Peaty looks unbeatable in the 100 breast until Rio.
Unless someone like Cordes drops more than one second. Why not?

5 years ago

I have faith in Christian Sprenger

Reply to  Atento
5 years ago

Me too! Specially after he posted on instagram that his shoulder has recover faster. I’ve been believing if it wasn’t because of the shoulder injury he could’ve broken the world records on the 50/100 breaststroke.

5 years ago

I believe Cordes will challenge him in rio. 58.6 split at pan pacs with a conservative start. But peaty is definitely the best and the wr will come this summer.

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

I am with u on that prediction .

Lane Four
5 years ago

Me too!

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

I think Cordes will need to drop well over a second to be competitive. If Adam Peaty has a similar taper as he has had in previous years – 58.3 at Nats and 57 high in Kazan is what I expect.

It is obvious that Kevin Cordes is hugely talented and has huge scope with his build and stroke. I think many people forget that there are three boys who are younger than him, faster than him and Improving at a more Impressive rate (Peaty, Murdoch & Balandin).

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Remember though, Cordes is dropping these time focusing only on scy. those guys do lcm year round