Adam Peaty & 20th sub-59 Of Career Reminds Yan Zibei Of The Great Wall He Must Climb

Adam Peaty - by Gary McCaffery on training camp in Tenerife last month - courtesy of

Not easy to face the man who rocked the Olympic ranks with a 57.13 for the performance in the pool at the Rio Games last year. Just ask China’s Yan Zibei. On the opening morning at the Japan Open in Tokyo, the Chinese champion clocked 59.29 in the 100m breaststroke for a ticket to lane 4 next to Britain’s Adam Peaty, on 59.6. The British world record holder left nothing to chance in the final: out in 27.59, back in 58.82, Peaty kept Yan Zibei at bay there and back, the Chinese challenger on 27.88 out, back for second place in 59.57 as Japan’s world 200m record holder, Ippei Watanabe, battled back from 28.34 at the turn for third place in 59.80.

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Peaty – remains, realistically, a level above anyone else in his pet event

Guy – very very interesting.

Nice times from Ikee and Igarishi, if they could get 2 others swimming below 1.58 then their W4X200 is starting to look rather respectable

Pleasing to see a return to form from Atherton who was “out of sorts” throughout the AUS season. The AUS team to this meet looks primarily those who missed Worlds selection or age groupers but a pleasing 200fr from Sheridan who was a stellar age-grouper but has struggled to make a mark as a senior

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