Adam Peaty & A 57.58 On The Clock; He’ll Race Breaststroke In Barcelona This Weekend

Adam Peaty -  by Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse
Adam Peaty - by Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse

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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aswimfan

OK, I am calling it:
At 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Penny Oleksiak will be Canadian first ever female swimming gold medallist. And the first swimming gold medalist after Alex Baumann and Victor Davis did it in 1980.

Peaty on 57.58 100 free? Cate Campbell can give him 5 seconds handicap and still beat him 🙂

Craig Lord

Not the first, asf: Anne Ottenbrite – 1984 gold 200 breaststroke (& silver 100m)
Peaty has a 51-52 100 free best… for some reason, he was a bit slower that day 🙂

commonwombat

Also, Baumann & Davis’ golds were in LA (1984). CAN boycotted Moscow in 1980.

Oleksiak has certainly made a meteoric entry into international calculations in both 100free and fly this year but lets just see how her next couple of years pan out before we start engraving medals.

She may consolidate into a major international contender in one or both events; one event may progress ahead of the other; she may suffer “second season syndrome”. Lets just see what transpires and take it from there.

Peter Lee

Sarah will have something to say about that. I don’t think she’ll retire until Tokyo. Oleksiak is a strong potential medallist, but not nailed-on for gold. The Campbell sisters might also decide to go until 2020.

commonwombat

Peter, we’ll have to wait and see what happens post Rio. Sarah is still young enough for Tokyo to be a goer however, should she have a successful Rio, she may decide to get out whilst on top.

As for the Campbells, C1 is 24 and this will be her 3rd Olympics. She certainly could still go another full cycle but both sisters have tended to be somewhat fragile physically and she may not feel she’s up for another 4 years. I suspect that she will most likely make the “home” CG on the Gold Coast in 2018 her farewell.

C2 is 22 and Rio is only her 2nd Games so age probably won’t be the concern. Rather, like her sister, the issue is whether the body will be up for it.

aswimfan

Thanks CL and CW, yes I meant 1984 LA. And I forgot about Anne Ottenbrite.
Wow, Canadian swimming in 1984 certainly reached its zenith.

commonwombat

They certainly had some quality swimmers at that time but the Eastern Euro boycott certainly impacted the quality on the womens’s competition.

Matt Gibson

aswimfan don’t forget about Mark Tewksbury winning the 100 back at the 92 Olympics ahead of Jeff Rouse!

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