Adam Peaty Moves Through to 50 Breast Semifinals With 26.28

Adam Peaty - Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

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FINA World Swimming Championships (Adam Peaty)

Gwangju 2019

Day 3 Heats (Men’s 50 Breast)

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, fresh off a world record in the 100 breast semifinals from Sunday night, swam the fastest 50 breast time in the heats on Tuesday morning in Gwangju. Peaty swam a 26.28 to lead the semifinalists into tonight as he is ahead of the Brazilian duo of Joao Gomes and Felipe Lima. Those countrymen tied for second at 26.73.

Coming into the meet, Gomes and Lima showed signs of challenging Peaty by the time the final rolls around. But after Peaty’s otherworldly 56.88 on Sunday, he is looking to be a slam dunk to win the gold medal tomorrow night. But these World Championships have already seen Katie Ledecky and Sarah Sjostrom stand in the silver medal position on the podium, so anything is possible.

Turkey’s Huseyin Sakci (26.87) is tied for fourth with Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich, who was 12th in the 100 after coming in as a medal favorite. There was yet another tie for sixth place with Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (26.93) and China’s Yan Zibei, who broke the Asian Record in the process. Yan won the bronze medal in the 100 breast behind Peaty and fellow Brit James Wilby.

Ireland’s Darragh Greene (26.94) and Russia’s Andrei Nikolaev (26.99) also broke 27 seconds in the heats. USA’s Michael Andrew (27.02) advanced to the semifinals in 11th place while the other American Andrew Wilson scratched to presumably focus on the 200 breast later in the week.

1 PEATY Adam Great Britain GBR 26.28
2 GOMES JUNIOR Joao Brazil BRA 26.73
2 LIMA Felipe Brazil BRA 26.73
4 SAKCI Huseyin Turkey TUR 26.87
4 SHYMANOVICH Ilya Belarus BLR 26.87
6 PRIGODA Kirill Russian Federation RUS 26.93
6 YAN Zibei People's Republic of China CHN 26.93 AS
8 GREENE Darragh Ireland IRL 26.94
9 NIKOLAEV Andrei Russian Federation RUS 26.99
10 MARTINENGHI Nicolo Italy ITA 27.00
11 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 27.02
12 SCOZZOLI Fabio Italy ITA 27.11
13 BJERG Tobias Denmark DEN 27.13
14 ELZERMAN Ties Netherlands NED 27.19
15 OBROVAC Nikola Croatia CRO 27.27
16 KOSEKI Yasuhiro Japan JPN 27.33


  1. Halim Yussuf

    When Peaty swims, the only question is whether his winning time will be a world record.

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      Andy Ross

      He is moving in to Phelps/Ledecky/Thorpe territory in that regard.

    • Mark Bee

      Halim Yussuf Definitely

  2. Mark Bee


  3. David Peterkin

    Did someone say below 25
    Look out