Adam Peaty Books Olympic Debut In 58.4, Faster Than Any Other In History Bar Self

Adam Peaty - by Ian MacNicol

British Championships Glasgow, Day 1 The good news for Adam Peaty and Britain, a 58.41 blast in the bag for a ticket to a debut Olympic Games in Rio, is that the world champion raced faster than any other man ever has in history barring self to retain the national title at Glasgow’s Tollcross pool last…

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Men’s 400m Free: Gritty swim by James Guy, 2nd fastest in the world this year and nicely poised heading into Rio. Slightly more excited for his 200m – I’ve read he’s been doing a lot of speed and strength training, one eye on Britain’s 4x200m relay prospects. Good swims from Milne and Lelliot, both into Top 10 in the world – I think Milne will be selected for the 400m free and is likely to book a ticket to Rio in the 1500m anyway.

Women’s 200m Free: Disappointing – a long way off the pace of the leading nations and subsequently will not feature in the relay, though O’Connor is to come in. I was hoping Coates would hit 1.57, but solid swim nevertheless.

Men’s 100m Breast: Particularly good report of the trials as a Brit, Craig – Peaty unrested and swimming 58.4 is absolutely remarkable. Think how high the bar is set for Peaty, in a league of his own. 59.3 for Murdoch and second only to Peaty in the world, and not his strongest event. Anticipation builds for the 200m where Murdoch’s true strength lies, and where Peaty, in the absence of the 50m in Rio, may open a few more eyes in the longer distance.

Women’s 400IM: Great time from Miley – she’ll once more be a threat for medals come the final but competition is hot. Hosszu looks set for Gold, Belmonte, Dirado, Beisel, Miley, Overholt battling for the minors. I do hope Willmott gets selected – once again slower than her early season speed in Flanders as I’m sure she was last year? I do believe she has a 4.32 in the tank.

David Brooks

I think Willis could give Peaty and Murdoch a run for their money over 200m. A half-second pb indicates he could challenge the 2:08 barrier.
Willmott is a bit of a mystery in terms of not being able to match her “unrested” early season efforts. Hopefully she’ll come on strong in August.
Just one note of selection policy – I don’t think Murdoch is assured of selection. Only the winner is in if they get the qualifying time. It is certain that he’ll get picked but I don’t think he’s automatically in – yet.

David Brooks

Couple more comments:
Still a bit disappointing from the Juniors. Only Murphy in the breaststroke has met the standard for the Euros, though admittedly the times are tough. A 4:47 in the 400 IM from Emily Large is pretty decent.
Also, I think we could be in for a classic 1500. Milne swam a pb in the 400 and could be ready to go sub 14:50. Lelliot was also close to his best, while Jervis swam a big pb in the Tokyo final. And then there’s Shuttlesworth, who lopped 4 seconds off his best and he might challenge 15 minutes too.


Peaty’s skin looks to have some color. I guess training in Australia and Dubai helped in that department.
Murdoch’s however, let me say politely say that my house walls have more color.


I think Murdoch will get automatic qualification in 200, his strokes are better suited for the longer distance.

Craig Lord

🙂 aswimfan… mostly the camera lights… he’s very British 🙂 … what he is looking is supremely fit and cut. The 200 should be good fun, Ross looking v good, too

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