Adam Peaty Now Owns the 10-Best 50 Breaststroke Performances Ever


British breaststroker Adam Peaty knocked another .27 seconds off the  European Championship Record in the 50 breaststroke on Tuesday evening, swimming a 26.23 to qualify 1st through to the finals in the event. That broke his own record of 26.50 from prelims, which in turn broke the 26.62 that he swam in 2014.

Peaty now holds the 10-fastest performances in the history of the event. That puts him in rare company, alongside Katie Ledecky and Sarah Sjostrom, as the only swimmers to hold the top 10 performances in multiple events.

  • Katie Ledecky 400 free (top 11)
  • Katie Ledecky 800 free (top 19)
  • Adam Peaty, 50 breast (top 10)
  • Adam Peaty 100 breast (top 14)
  • Sarah Sjostrom 50 fly (top 14)
  • Sarah Sjostrom 100 fly (top 11)

*Note – Ledecky only has the top 8 swims ever in the 1500 free, owed to the fact that she’s scratched it at US Nationals a few times, and it not being raced at the Olympics, so she’s had fewer opportunities to swim it at big meets than the 400 and 800.

Top 10 Performances in history, Men’s 50 LCM Breaststroke:

  1. 25.95 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2017 World Championships (semis)
  2. 25.99 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2017 World Championships (finals)
  3. 26.10 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2017 World Championships (prelims)
  4. 26.20 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2018 European Championships (semis)
  5. 26.41 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2018 Sette Colli Trophy (finals)
  6. 26.42 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2015 World Championships (semis)
  7. 26.48 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2017 British Championships (finals)
  8. 26.49 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2018 Commonwealth Games (semis)
  9. 26.50 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2018 European Championships (prelims)
  10. 26.51 – Adam Peaty, GBR, 2015 World Championships (finals)

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Mark G
4 years ago

1500 for women in Tokyo!

4 years ago

Ledecky owns Top 19 time in 800 free, wow it’s really something 😀

4 years ago

That is what you call dominance.

4 years ago

MA may just make that list next year.

4 years ago

He good.

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