Miller: That was the fastest heat of breaststroke in history (Video)

Captured by D’Artagnan Dias.

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Mitch Bowmile. 

MEN’S 100M BREASTSTROKE FINAL

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2016 Top Seed: 57.92 – Adam Peaty – Britain
World Record: 57.55 (2016 – NEW) – Adam Peaty – Britain
JR World Record: 59.64 – Wing Lizhuo – China
Olympic Record: 57.55 (2016 – NEW) – Adam Peaty – Britain
2012 Olympic Champion: 58.46 – Cameron van der Burgh – South Africa

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty absolutely demolished what anyone in the world thought was possible in the 100m breaststroke. He didn’t just break his own world record, he didn’t just win Olympic gold, he changed everything anyone ever knew about the possibilities and limitations of this race.

Out under world record pace, Peaty came home strong with his trademark high stroke rate in order to record an absolutely unheard of new world record time of 57.13. That time is over a second faster than anyone has ever been in the history of swimming.

His time also gave him the largest margin of victory in this event ever, winning the race b an astonishing 1.56 seconds over South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh. Van der Burgh clocked in at 58.69

Third was Cody Miller of the United States in 58.87, the only other swimmer under 59-seconds.

There was an incredible 2.82 seconds gap between Peaty and eighth place Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakstan who broke 1:00 with a 59.95.

  1. Adam Peaty – Britain – 57.13 WORLD RECORD
  2. Cameron van der Burgh – South Africa – 58.69
  3. Cody Miller – USA – 58.87
  4. Kevin Cordes – USA – 59.22
  5. Joao Gomes – Brazil – 59.31
  6. Yasuhiro Koseki – Japan – 59.37
  7. Felipe Franca – Brazil – 59.38
  8. Dmitriy Balandin – Kazakstan – 59.95

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Cavadore
6 years ago

Can we get footage from the women’s 100 breaststroke press conference? I bet that will be intense if Efimova shows up for it!

Hswimmer
6 years ago

Because of all the dolphin kicks at the start:)

Dlln
Reply to  Hswimmer
6 years ago

I agree! Peaty didn’t cheat at all of the start from what I could tell

NotSurprised
Reply to  Hswimmer
6 years ago

There were no dolphin kicks at the start. Watch the video. I’ve watched it over and over and there are no extra dolphin kicks at the start. If anything, he might have hurt himself moving his feet too much as he entered the water.

Dlln
Reply to  NotSurprised
6 years ago

I’ve watched it so many times… And just rewatched it again to make sure I was seeing things yesterday. He does two undeniable kicks immediately when he enters… The first one is quite large too. Nothing against him as a swimmer, I’m sure almost everyone in that final did that (expect peaty somehow) just like 4 years ago!

Dlln
Reply to  Dlln
6 years ago

Just realized you may have been talking about Peaty and not Miller. To claify: Peaty DID NOT do any extra kicks… But Miller DIS

NotSurprised
Reply to  Dlln
6 years ago

Miller’s kicks are counter-productive and not illegal. And they are NOT dolphin kicks which is what I was disputing from the original poster’s comments. If anything they don’t help him reach maximal distance by creating drag at the moment one should be streamlining to achieve the maximal horizontal distance. No swim coach worth two cents would ever recommend to do this. If you see the video, you’d also see there was no advantage obtained by this action. In fact, look at Cameron van der Burgh dive/pull out from at the start. You’ll see the best out of the three (i.e., Peaty, van der Burgh, and Peaty) at the start. In fact, Peaty has a great reaction time from the start,… Read more »

Dlln
Reply to  NotSurprised
6 years ago

It may be counter productive but that doesn’t mean it is legal. Van Der Burgh also cheats with extra fly kicks, and has admitted to it several times in the past (even after his gold medal and WR in 2012) so he’s not the best to gauge off of. I have been a decent breaststroker for a long time, I know you can’t do what Miller did.

NotSurprised
Reply to  Dlln
6 years ago

Miller didn’t do dolphin kicks. There’s no official that’s going to DQ what he did because it happens faster than 3/10 of a second. A dolphin kick takes much more time than what you visualized. Miller shouldn’t do what he’s doing since it doesn’t work, but it’s hardly the reason why he got a bronze.

Danjohnrob
6 years ago

Thank you, Cody Miller’s Mom, for raising such a great young man to represent the USA! 🙂

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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