Adam Peaty Opens 2015 Account On 59.48; Hosszu & O’Connor Go 2:10s Over 200 Medley

Adam Peaty, [Photo: Ian MacNicol]

Europe’s top male swimming last year, Adam Peaty, opened his 2015 account over 100m breaststroke with a 59:48, off a 28:00 half-way split at the Flanders Speedo Cup in Antwerp this afternoon, the women’s races of the day including a tight tussle that left Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Peaty’s Britain teammate Siobhan-Marie O’Connor on 2:10s in the 200m medley

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Europe’s top male swimming last year, Adam Peaty, opened his 2015 account over 100m breaststroke with a 59:48, off a 28:00 half-way split at the Flanders Speedo Cup in Antwerp this afternoon, the women’s races of the day including a tight tussle that left Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Peaty’s Britain teammate Siobhan-Marie O’Connor on 2:10s in the 200m medley

Comments

Jon Rudd

Had to chuckle at Ben winning the 50km fly. We’re lucky if he completes that over a fortnight!

Craig Lord

Lazy sod 🙂

Bill Bell

Peaty’s 100 time is fastest-earliest, i.e., fastest all-time before early April. At the Japanese Olympic Trials three years ago Kosuke Kitajima swam a 59.5 in the semis (04/02) for previous fastest-earliest but next day teammate Ryo Tateishi beat him for top spot w/his 59.6 — still his pr.

But before Mr. Peaty begins savoring his potential World Championship and/or Olympic golds let us remember that the 100 breast men’s wr-holder was not in peak form last season nor was Sr. Sprenger.

If these two gentlemen regain peak performance this year or next Mr. Peaty will have his work cut out for him.

And let us NOT forget the winner of the 100 breast @ Austin last weekend, a certain
15-year-old who went a career-best 1:01.67 — “unshaved,” unrested, untapered and wearing full combat gear a la “American Sniper.”

When he doffs that APC on his back I can see a 50+ for him @ Rio!

Wez

Cant decide if Bill is trolling this site or not? It certainly is humorous, but his perception of time seems warped.

Craig Lord

Wez – we don’t think of it as trolling, just Bill – he’s been like that for decades, nay longer … since he raced in the 1796 Olympics 🙂

Rafael

I would bet more like… he is a guy from the future.. and is already watching the Mars Olympic Univere Games..

Craig Lord

That, too, Rafael…

commonwombat

He may be a resident of a state that has just voted to legalise “weed” and has been in full celebration mode ever since. LOL

Wez

Craig – Agreed. Thanks for the great reporting.

Bill Bell

I simply make my prognostications based on the latest scientific data as relayed to me by the good Dr. Ba.

He says “take” so I took!

felixdangerpants

Starting from last year I do not believe we will see Sprenger or vdb beat Peaty in international competition over the 100, ever. Some impressive times from the girls as well, British swimming looking stronger than ever.

commonwombat

The issue with Brit swimming is whether they can ever have sufficient breadth of talent in their program. Currently they have events with a number of world class performers (arguably an oversupply in men’s BRS) but still vast areas in both male and female programs without anyone of real intl quality. I can forsee Brit’s collecting Championship (Words/Olympic) medals over the next 3 year; some of which may be gold; but not in great quantity. At this point only one of their relays is a clear contender

Rafael

The Medley Relay can be a contender (Weak Link: Freestyle), but are on the mix with others who also have at least one weak link.. I don´t know the situation for the 4×200 to evaluate, the 4×100 now is about 6 countries at most..

Craig Lord

Not sure its breadth, common wombat, so much as depth … GBR had at least one swimmer in world top 10 in all but a few events in 2014: 14 places among men and 12 among women in world top 10 across all Olympic events last year, and that was somewhat reflected in the medals table and quality of efforts at European level last year (Commonwealth counts always more complicated for obvious reason that nothing compares). The bigger issue is ‘depth’ and the numbers backing up the best (though some very fine talent coming through just below the surface) at the very pointy end; comparative Australian numbers are 20 for men and 27 places for women, including useful numbers such as four women in the world top 10 solo 100 free etc… and other multiple entries.
Of course, in terms of quantity of medals and finishing place on table, it only takes a handful of big hitters to make a very big impact, of course … FRA, NED, DEN, etc … even at Olympic level…

Dee

Commonwombat,

I’d say 4 British relays are clear contenders for medals.

The men’s & women’s MR were 3rd & 4th in the World in 2014. The women’s 4x200m was 6th, 2 seconds off third but it was an English squad, not a British squad. Carlin was 2 seconds faster than the 4th English swimmer. The men’s 4x200m were ranked 5th, but that was a Scottish team that didn’t include the number 1 & 3 Brits, Jarvis and Guy.

The women’s 4x100m Free relay was ranked third but I think they’ll struggle with the retirement of Amy Smith who gave us consistent 53. splits.

felixdangerpants

Proud is going to get quick at the 100fs

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