FINA World Championships Predictions: Men’s 50 Breast

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Adam Peaty provided one of the most stunning swims of the Olympic Games in Rio, but he had only one event in which to flex his dominance. Not so this summer at the FINA World championships.

Peaty is the reigning World Champion in the 50 breast, and in a development that won’t shock anyone who watched his gold medal-winning swim in Rio, he’s favored for gold in that event as well come Budapest.

He might not have the pure raw power of someone like Joao Gomes or Cameron van der Burgh, but Peaty puts the pieces of breaststroke together better than anyone else ever has.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Men’s 50 Breast

Current Records:

World Record: Adam Peaty, GBR (2015) — 26.42
Championship Record: Adam Peaty, GBR (2015) — 26.42
American Record: Kevin Cordes (2015) — 26.76

2015 World Champion: Adam Peaty, GBR — 26.51
2017 World No. 1: Adam Peaty, GBR — 26.48

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Adam Peaty, GBR
Silver: Cameron van der Burgh, RSA
Bronze: Joao Gomes, BRA

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Adam Peaty, GBR
Silver: Cameron van der Burgh, RSA
Bronze: Kevin Cordes, USA

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Adam Peaty, GBR
Silver: Joao Gomes, BRA
Bronze: Cameron van der Burgh, RSA

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4 comments

  1. Ulla Olin

    Coleman?😀

  2. avatar
    Fredrik

    Pretty sure It’s a typo Reider’s picks?
    Michelle Coleman is a swedish freestyler and she is a woman!
    So there’s probably been a mistake.

    • avatar
      David Rieder

      Rieder! Haha, everyone gets that wrong. But yes, that was noted and corrected. Whoops.

  3. avatar
    Brownish

    Gold, Silver and Bronze: Adam Peaty.