Adam Peaty Scorches 100 Breast Prelims With New World Record At 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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Men’s 100 Breast:

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty scorched the prelim field at day one of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, powering his way to a new World Record in the men’s 100 breaststroke.

The young Brit, who last year became the first swimmer to swim a sub-58 100 breast, lowered his own World Record of 57.92 down to a swift 57.55 taking charge from the beginning of the race all the way until the end.

Peaty told the media, “Hopefully tonight I’m going to feel a lot better and hopefully swim a little bit faster.” He also explained, “We’re not going to get too complacent now. We’re going to keep striving, keep pushing the boundaries.”

Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki clocked the only 58-second swim of the morning, stopping the clock at a 58.91, good for the second place seed.

Brazil’s Felipe Franca and the USA’s Kevin Cordes delivered similar times for the third and fourth place seeds respectively. Franca turned in a time of 59.01, while Cordes posted a 59.13.

Cordes said, “It was a great first swim and I’m excited to improve when I get to the final.”

Fellow USA team member Cody Miller picked up the fifth place seed with a time of 59.17, just ahead of Australia’s Jake Packard’s 59.26.

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh (59.35) and Brazil’s Joao Gomes (59.46) claimed seventh and eighth respectively.

Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin (59.47), Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch (59.47), China’s Li Xiang (59.55), Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (59.90), Russia’s Vsevolod Zanko (59.91), Colombia’s Jorge Mario Murillo Valdes (59.93), and Germany’s Christian Vom Lehn (1:00.13) complete ninth through fifteenth in tonight’s semi-finals.

New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders and Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta will hold a swim-off for the sixteenth spot after posting matching 1:00.26.

34 Comments

34 comments

  1. avatar
    Paul Windrath

    Did anyone think that Franca (BRA) did 2 underwater dolphin kicks during the start of the prelims 100 Breast?

  2. Ray Edgar

    Incredible swim Go Britain!

  3. Russell Simpson

    What a fantastic swim!????
    At the finish, he looked at the scoreboard & nodded his head, then gave a thumbs up!????

  4. Clare Higgins

    Tremendous with loads more in the tank. What a cool customer #superstar #bringonthegreat

  5. Joanne Newton

    This was crazy to watch! I was at a nursing home visiting my mom when the race was on. I think I scared a few senior citizens w my big cheer lol!!!!!

  6. Susan Wilgar

    Tracy was good wasn’t it. Tried ringing you today but you were out xx

  7. Sarah Gillott

    My excitement has got everyone fired up on hold, now they all want a wake up call at 3am, I’ll spare them this until tomorrow.

  8. Rich Davis

    That used to be a decent 100fr time when I was swimming!

  9. Shaun Abbott

    Van der burgh is Comin James Etter

Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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