Adam Peaty Posts Fastest 200 Breast Time In Over 2 Years


25-year-old Adam Peaty already made his mark here at the 2020 McCullagh International Open Meet, swimming an on-fire men’s 100m breaststroke time of 58.78 for gold. That outing places Peaty among the top 5 performers in the world this season, which is a comfortable spot for the Olympic champion to be considering this is an in-season meet for him with British Championships just over a month away.

This meet is mimicking the 2020 Olympic Games timing format, with prelims occurring in the evening and finals taking place in the morning. As such, Peaty’s time drop between night prelims and morning finals in that 100m breast is a nice indicator of how things may play out for him in Toyo this summer.

However, Peaty was back at it here shortly here in Bangor, contesting the men’s 200m breaststroke during last night’s prelims. One of our top 5 races to watch here at this McCullagh International, Peaty was entered in the race against the likes of countrymen Ross MurdochJames WilbyCraig Benson, and Edward Baxternot to mention multi-Irish junior record holder Eoin Corby.

Splitting 1:04.03/1:10.61, Peaty wound up stopping the clock in a time of 2:14.64 to place 3rd in last night’s prelims. Wilby took the top spot with a night swim of 2:11.98, while Murdoch was next in line with an effort of 2:13.42.

Peaty wound up dropping the final, however, giving the rest of the field one less Olympian to worry about. Wilby took advantage, dropping well over half a second from yesterday’s mark to take gold in 2:11.23.

Murdoch kept his 2nd place spot with a 2:13.04, while bronze went to 18-year-old Irish junior national record holder Corby, who posted 2:14.66.

Going back to Peaty, although he has been entered in the 200m breast at other long course meets, the most recently registered official time for him is represented by the 2:16.62 he posted at the 2017 Manchester International Swim Meet. As such, his 2:14.64 from last night mark his fastest in over 2 years.

As a reality check, the FINA ‘A’ Olympic qualifying time rests at 2:10.35 while the even stiffer British Swimming-mandated consideration standard is situated at 2:07.60.

Peaty is Britain’s 5th fastest performer ever in the 200m breast, holding a PB of 2:08.34 from the 2015 British Championships. The short course meters time of 2:04.63 he swam for a new personal best at the International Swimming League (ISL) London meet translates to a LCM mark of 2:08.62 using SwimSwam’s Speedo time converter.

Bottom line, he would have his work cut out for him to insert himself into the conversation for Olympic qualification. But, then again, it’s Adam Peaty we’re talking about.

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Well, that’s not fast

Ol' Longhorn

One trick pony.

Ol' Longhorn

And really one trick when you consider he’s only great at LCM.


It’s not a “trick” when you are by far and away the greatest of all time in an event. Put some respect on the man’s name.

Ol' Longhorn

I did. I gave him credit for his one good event.


his 100 breast is only “good”? Let me guess – you think Ledecky is a mediocre freestyler.


OL’LongHorn is trolling hard today ….no worries . Peaty is still the greatest ever

Ol’ Longhorn

In the 50 she is. Just like Peaty’s mediocre in the 200 LCM breast.

Vasili Rajevski

I always see longhorn hate on every great in this sport. Maybe get out of your moms basement and release that anger?

Ol' Longhorn

I’m in your mom’s basement.


Sounds like a terrible idea for me. Let him be the keyboard warrior he already is, he thinks he is cool or something


agreed – by Trials , he will be smoothed up

Ol’ Longhorn

I’m tapering for Trials, so I’m going to be on fire.

ok boomer?

can we actually get to the bottom of this. dude occasionally makes comments about being a boomer swimmer and some “back in my day” posts but clearly trolls like a seasoned 13-24 year old who has grown up with the internet all his life.


What times did you go in the hundred breast Ol’ longhorn? You’re an absolute muppet mate keep sitting at home alone on your computer whining


I want to see Peaty take out the first 100m of a 200m br in less than a minute lol. It would make for an entertaining race at least.

Ol' Longhorn

It would definitely take the pressure off of Shields. There’d be a new butt of piano jokes.


He went out ludicrous fast at 2016 trials (60.68, quicker than Wilson at Worlds).

Imagine the lactate burn in pecs that size.

Old Man Chalmers

calm down rebecca soni


Peaty is waaay too big for the 200

Ol' Longhorn

You’re right, but lots of people just like to ignore facts. He’s not even top 10 material in the LCM 200 breast.


Too much drag?

Ol’ Longhorn

It’s the high turnover/super narrow kick. Same reason Lily King can’t dominate the 200 LCM. It’s the fastest way to swim for a minute LCM, but not for over 2.

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