Breaststrokers Are Leading British Swimming To New Heights

The British program is rebounding better than anyone would have expected after winning only three medals at the 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, the team has come alive and that has been spear-headed by their talented men’s breaststroke group.

This year, the British squad finished fourth as a nation and won a total of 9 medals (5 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze). Adam Peaty burst onto the scene over the last two years and now holds two of the three long course meter world records and nearly won swimmer of the meet at the recent FINA World Championships in Kazan. Individually, he won two gold medals and another as a member of the mixed medley relay. Additionally, his teammate, Ross Murdoch also found himself on the podium of the 100 breaststroke, winning the bronze medal.

The breaststrokers earned nearly half of the team’s medals this year in Kazan, but the craziest part is that this is only a fraction of British Swimming’s breaststroke group was on their World Championship Team. The 2014-2015 World Rankings reveal that they had four swimmers with times in the top 25 in the world in the 100 breaststroke and five in the 200 breaststroke.

The only other country that had as many swimmers in the top 25 of the world rankings was the United States, but comparing Great Britain’s population (64.1 Million in 2013) to the United States’ (318.9 Million in 2014) adds weight to what the British were able to accomplish.

The British squad looked dramatically different this year than they did in 2012, and now they have the momentum from the World Championships behind them as they head into the 2016 Olympics. If you thought the bar was raised this year, it is only going to get faster as the team heads into Rio. The British trials is setting up to be one of the most competitive breaststroke races of the year.

With as much talent as they have right now, I expect that the British breaststrokers will be the ones to beat in Rio next year.

2014-2015 Men’s 100m Breaststroke World Rankings

1. Adam Peaty – GBR – 57.92 WR
4. Ross Murdoch – GBR – 59.09
19. Craig Benson – GBR – 1:00.13
25. James Wilby – GBR – 1:00.29

2014-2015 Men’s 200m Breaststroke World Rankings

5. Adam Peaty – GBR – 2:08.34
6. Andrew Willis – GBR – 2:08.52
8. Ross Murdoch – GBR – 2:08.90
13. Craig Benson – GBR – 2:09.10
24. Callum Tait – GBR – 2:10.21

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Tiger sharks swimming
5 years ago

If you wanna compare population as a factor why don’t you consider Australia? 22 million and pretty too class swimmers 😛

Reply to  Tiger sharks swimming
5 years ago

If you really want to scale up by population, Alia Atkinson (Jamaica)’s 100 breast is the equivalent of the US having 150 women in the top 25.

5 years ago

Well I guess, but I think Britain will be strong in rio, alot stronger then Kazan, since they don’t have a 50 Breast I’m curious to see what peaty does in the 100 and 200.

5 years ago

Add in Michael Jamieson and you might have a situation where it’s harder to make the British team than it is to medal at the Olympics. (The American men have had that situation in the backstroke before).

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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