LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Peaty Pushes Closer To A 56-Second 100 Breast

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Adam Peaty, who continued to push the boundaries of what is possible in the men’s 100 breaststroke after he broke yet another world record in the event.

Initially clocking 57.00 in the final of the 100 breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, it looked like Peaty was just .01 away from breaking the 57 second barrier. That was his fourth world record in the event and first since the Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro two years ago.

However, the next day we learned Peaty hadn’t actually swum a 57.00 — due to timing issues on the second day of the meet, the original record of 57.00 was actually .10 faster than what Peaty actually clocked. That makes Peaty’s official time 57.10, still .03 below his old world record. You can read the full statement of the timing malfunction here, and watch Peaty’s record swim below:

Regardless, Peaty — who is the only man to have swum under 58-seconds in the event — is now even closer to becoming the first man under 57-seconds, a goal he has heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. For reference, the next closest finisher at Euros was Peaty’s teammate James Wilby, who was 1.5 seconds back in 58.54, which makes him the third fastest performer ever behind Peaty and Cameron van der Burgh.

This also wipes away any doubts that may be lingering after his less than stellar Commonwealth Games performance, where he “only” managed a 58.59 to take home the gold earlier this year. Peaty now owns the top 14 fastest times in the 100 breaststroke, and can safely be called the most dominant swimmer in the history of the event as he continues to push his way toward a 56-second 100 breaststroke.

Congratulations Adam Peaty on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

Special Thanks to LumaLanes for sponsoring Swimming World’s Performance of the Week.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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