Rio 2016 – men’s breaststroke: There are no margins that grant genuine comfort for any in Olympic waters but Adam Peaty will surely be buoyed by a season in which he has yet to race fully rested yet counts the European crown in 58.36 after 58.41 at Bitain’s Olympic trials and two 58.74s on his score sheet in this season beyond a scorcher of a 57.92 world record. The pace of world progress: 2004 heading into Athens 2004 – 1 man under the minute; 2016 – 22 men. If the defending champion Cameron Van der Burgh, of South Africa, is back at world No 9 on 59.6 and yet to declare his hand as Peaty’s closest opponent on the clock and in racing in 2014 and 2015, then an even more stark ‘wait and see’ meets the eye in the 200m battle: defending champion Daniel Gyurta, of Hungary – 43rd in the world on 2:10.84, some way back from Josh Prenot and a leading 2:07.17
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