2023 SOUTHPORT OLYMPIC PREP MEET (AUS)
- Friday, February 3rd & Saturday, February 4th
- Gold Coast Aquatic Center, Australia
- LCM (50m)
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The sizable British squad attending a training camp down under took on the local talent at the 2023 Southport Olympic Preparation Meet on the Gold Coast, Australia. Although the squad is engaged in heavy sessions both in the pool and out, key results here bode well for the upcoming British Swimming Championships on the calendar for April.
Peaty & Hopkin Among Brits Training on Australia’s Gold Coast
Olympic champion Adam Peaty wasted no time putting his breaststroking prowess on display, taking the 100m and 50m distances with ease today.
28-year-old Peaty first logged a winning effort of 59.57 to secure the only sub-minute 100m breast of the field. He opened in 27.67 and closed in 31.90 to check in as the #2 performer in the world this season. Only Dutchman Arno Kamminga has been quicker, owning the sole time under the 59-second threshold in 58.90 from last December.
2022-2023 LCM Men 100 Breast
Peaty stopped the clock in a time of 27.10 to double up with a gold in the 50m breast today as well. That renders the Brit on top of the world rankings, displacing former leader Caspar Corbeau of the Netherlands.
2022-2023 LCM Men 50 Breast
Sprint ace Anna Hopkin got her hand on the wall first in two races, diving in for the women’s 50m and 100m freestyle events.
In the former, 26-year-old Hopkin, formerly of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, earned a time of 24.80 to beat out fellow Brit Isabella Hindley. Hindley settled for silver in 25.47.
Hopkin follows world leader Shayna Jack of Australia (24.48) and American Abbie Weitzeil (24.70) to slide into the season rankings in slot #3.
2022-2023 LCM Women 50 Free
As for the 100m free, Hopkin and Hindley finished 1-2 again, with Hopkin hitting 54.49 to easily top the entire field. Hindley was well behind in 57.17 while Hopkin’s effort ranks among the top 10 performers on the season.
Olympic champion Tom Dean put up a super solid performance to take the men’s 200m free. He produced a mark of 1:46.33 (51.31/55.02) as a start to his 2023 calendar year of racing.
Dean’s result surpassed his previous season-best of 1:47.82 from last December to now rank him as the #3 swimmer in the world this season.
2022-2023 LCM Men 200 Free
Additional winners from the British contingent included Freya Anderson clocking 2:00.84 to win the women’s 200m free while James Guy touched in 52.90 to lead the men’s 100m fly field.
Greg Butler got it done for gold in the men’s 200m breast in 2:17.98 while Jonathon Adam was the quickest men’s 100m backstroker in 54.42. 18-year-old Jacob Whittle put up the sole sub-50-second 100m free in 49.54 while Holly Hibbott claimed the 200m fly victory in 2:15.35.
- Kieran Bird was listed as disqualified in the men’s 200m free.
- Luke Greenbank was originally listed on the entries but was absent from the backstroke results.
- Thomas Hauck of Australia captured the men’s 200m backstroke win in 2:00.06, beating Commonwealth Games champion Brodie Williams of Great Britain who settled for silver in 2:01.22.
- 14-year-old Olympia Pope of the host nation topped the girls’ 200m breast for her age group in a time of 2:35.84.
- 20-year-old Gabriella Peiniger (AUS) scored 2 golds, taking the 50m fly in 28.27 and the 50m back in 30.19.
- The men’s 50m back saw Bond’s Mark Nikolaev get it done for gold in 25.69, touching the wall 2 seconds ahead of his competitors.
Dean looking very solid especially when comparing to most of the rest of the Bath squad (Anderson, Guy) who were all a fair bit off their best.
Hayley Mackinder set a 13 yo age record in the 100 breast a couple of years ago but hadn’t set another PB until this weekend dropping 1.7 seconds for 1:09.99. Hopefully this is a sign that the move all the way from Geelong up to Griffith Uni is working out for her.
So she set an age record but then didn’t improve for years? I guess she’s like the Australian Gretchen Walsh?
That is FAST!!!!
Peaty has never been that fast in season. 59.5 right now is solid.
Very solid, I think his best winter time ever is around 58high (Indianapolis ’17?), but still plenty of work to be done
20feb 2020 ın Bangor 58,78 and 58,90
12feb 2021 ın Manchester 58,82 and 58,87
29jan 2017 ın Luxembourg 58,94
and hıs best off-season tıme 14march 2020 58,13
He meant that he’s never been that fast in season compared to championships.
Pretty good all around, seems like Peaty’s Commonwealth issue of the pace being there but not the endurance still lingers but its promising signs for the season
Indeed, any reason why his back end pace has suddenly dropped off this past year? Is it just a sign of being in the middle of hard training?
He’s always been the breastroker with the most muscle but maybe now he’s 28 it’s become more rigid in his body so makes it harder to finish, maybe its just this point in the season and only time will tell, will get a better understanding at British Champs and Worlds
The fact that he’s 28 could be a reason. For example, look at Sjostrom. She dropped the 100 fly from her event lineup last year, at 27, as she felt that she no longer had the same capacity to swim it as she did when she was younger.
Of course, Peaty doesn’t have the luxury of focusing on other events for the next 18 months, so my guess is that he’s screwed in the 100 breast. (Plus, 27.10 in the 50 is also concerning; it would be akin to Dressel dropping a 22.2 at a Pro Swim series meet; you would expect him to be faster, even in-season.)
They have been training outdoors on the Gold Coast and it has been very hot and humid lately in South East Qld. Don’t know if that has affected them.
He’s built like Hercules. Needs to keep up his physique for the ‘gram. Marshal never challenges him these days.
Peaty is back!