Back in the southern summer Down Under, the Miami Super Challenge featured efforts of 28.19 and 57.58 from Adam Peaty. Hold on: 57.58? That’s a world record, surely? Not on freestyle it’s not – but perhaps Peaty was practicising the pace he wants when two arms windmilling turn to two arms packing a simultaneous punch on the stroke he’s swum to pioneer status on these past two seasons. Don’t expect a 57 anything over 100m breaststroke this weekend (indeed, 58s would be something special) at the Club Sant Andreu pool in Barcelona as the Mare Nostrum Tour reaches its zenith with the best entry of the week, the Olympic squads of Britain, Germany and the bulk of such elite from many other nations gathered for a runes of Rio tune-up. A trawl down the entry list, the prospect of fine racing … and the battle behind the battle, doping
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