Adam Peaty Posts Fastest 200 Breast Time In Over 2 Years

MCCULLAGH INTERNATIONAL OPEN MEET 2020

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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Nswim
2 years ago

Britain’s consideration standard is a little speedy, isn’t it? Wouldn’t a 2:07 have been like top 5 at WCs?

Thomas Selig
Reply to  Nswim
2 years ago

The article is not quite right. 2:07:6 is the qualification time (QT). The consideration time (CT) is a more reasonable 2:09:05.

GB use two time standards: QT and CT. 1st place finishers who hit the QT are automatically qualified and have to be entered in that event at the OGs. Top 2 finishers who hit CT (or top 4 of a relay which does) aren’t automatically qualified, but come under consideration. They also don’t necessarily have to be entered in that event at the OGs.

In practise, GB have never not picked someone who hit the CT and finished top 2, and still have plenty of room left for discretionary picks thereafter, so the difference is rather moot. Therefore, in… Read more »

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Thomas Selig
2 years ago

GB have very much not picked people who hit the consideration time and came 1st or 2nd.

Lpman
2 years ago

Peaty is waaay too big for the 200

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

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

AfterShock
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

Too much drag?

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  AfterShock
2 years ago

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.

Svird
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Svird
2 years ago

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

Togger
Reply to  Svird
2 years ago

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

Imagine the lactate burn in pecs that size.

Anonymoose
2 years ago

Well, that’s not fast

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Anonymoose
2 years ago

One trick pony.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

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

Svird
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Svird
2 years ago

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

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

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

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

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

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

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

Vasili Rajevski
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

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

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Vasili Rajevski
2 years ago

I’m in your mom’s basement.

mclovin
Reply to  Vasili Rajevski
2 years ago

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

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  mclovin
2 years ago

agreed – by Trials , he will be smoothed up

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

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

ok boomer?
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

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.

Bon
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

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

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