M100 Breaststroke: Adam Peaty Snatches Gold From Cam VD Burgh At The Last Stroke

Adam Peaty caught the wave just in time for gold, teammate Ross Murdoch (inset) sharing the podium - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The echo of great British breaststroke aces rang down the ages in Kazan today when Adam Peaty became the first British man since David Wilkie in 1975 to lift the world 100m breaststroke title. There with him on the podium will be teammate Ross Murdoch, third in 59.09, a Scottish record. Cameron Van der Burgh, out in 26.79, paid the price at the last stroke, for silver

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The echo of great British breaststroke aces rang down the ages in Kazan today when Adam Peaty became the first British man since David Wilkie in 1975 to lift the world 100m breaststroke title. There with him on the podium will be teammate Ross Murdoch, third in 59.09, a Scottish record. Cameron Van der Burgh, out in 26.79, paid the price at the last stroke, for silver

Comments

Wez

Great swim by both. As a South African I am very pleased for VDB!

easyspeed

Mr. Peaty held on like a boss and got the win, but not so great a time relative to his own ability. See, this is what happens when your qualifying meet is too close to the meet that matters.

Glad he denied Van Der Cheat. Why FINA didn’t strip his OG medal, I’ll never know. Oh yeah, it’s FINA, I forgot. Never mind.

Wez

@easyspeed – they didn’t strip the OG medal because the judges never picked up on the undulating motion that was done — by quite a few athletes I might add. Having a look at the race footage, it would be extremely difficult to cite the entire field due to the angle of the camera. IF VDB was in lane 1 out of camera sight, perhaps the focus would have been on someone else entirely. I saw Kosuke do it as well, and I am sure there are many others. I also know of certain swimmers who have tried to do an entire race with a fly kick, and have won golds from it.

Please understand that I do not take this viewpoint because of my nationality, because if you have seen on all my doping comments, i am a stickler for the rules. My gripe is not who is doing it or not, it is the fact that we live in the 21st century, and we have the technology to stop the field taking chances, we do not need to change rules, we need to enforce them

easyspeed

@Wez: agree with your last sentence. But am staying with my opinion that VDB’s medal should be stripped. He comes right out and admits to purposely breaking the rules to gain an advantage. Some say he was drawing attention to a problem, but he could have done it without cheating.

Wez

@easyspeed

Thank you for your point. A difficult point to argue seeing as so many people have taken advantage of the lack of enforcement, and there are equally so many people that oppose it as well.

I know Cameron very well, and he is no cheat. He is very fair, even if that fairness extends to the argument “hey, what those guys are doing is not fair, I should do it to level the playing fields.”

I don’t expect you to accept that as an answer, or an excuse. What I would like is for you to see it as a representation of the fight or flight mentality, and until this problem is resolved with the technology that we all know can be imposed, to perhaps not judge too harshly a swimmer who did just the same as everyone else was doing to be even off the blocks.

Thank you for listening

for33

Great performance by Jake Packard of Australia. He ended up 5th. Very few people expected such showing. While not at the same level of the British breaststrokers, his progress augurs well for Australia’s chances in the 4×100 medley relay.

commonwombat

For; there still remains the major question mark over the fly leg. Larkin’s current form indicates they should be at or around the front after back & Packard is probably only conceding significant ground to GBR (Peaty). Due to the 4×100 bungle, we have no “read” on McEvoy’s 100free but he will probably shouldn’t be conceding seconds to the “big guns”.

However, neither of the two nominated for the individual 100fly have creditable international records either in the individual 100fly or in this relay. Unless they perform as they have never done so before in international competition; they are likely to concede at least a second, maybe 1.5sec on this leg.

Furthermore, the issue of qualifying for the final and resting the best swimmers ? Can they afford to rest Larkin, Packard or McEvoy ? Methinks not.

Thankfully they aren’t bothering with the mixed MED relay although they are listed for the mixed FS relay; hopefully they reconsider and pull out or at least don’t swim any front-liners.

beachmouse

For those looking to kill some time before the next prelims session, part 2 of the German investigation into the IAAF is breaking on the athletics intrawebs today:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/33749208

I’m generally not a fan of leaking what can be defined as medical records, but dang, 800 of 5,000 athletes in the file group having suspicious blood tests is awful high.

Our gracious hosts are apparently responsible for more than half those suspicious test results and those athletes had more than 80% of Russia’s medals at the recent Olympics and WCs. (Other noteworthy red flags: Ukraine 102,-Morocco 82, Kenya 77, Turkey 52, USA in 11th at 32, UK 12
and American athletics fans could probably correctly guess at least 20 of those 32 off the top of their heads)

While I can’t technically condone the theft of confidential records, I really wish that the same German crew had an interest in FINA and a similar mole in place because it would be quite interesting reading.

Craig Lord

beachmouse

links on his file from last weekend:
http://www.swimvortex.com/why-hosts-russia-will-come-under-scrutiny-as-they-race-at-a-home-world-titles/

and … they do have an interest in fina…

Chris Dolan

Getting Back to Peaty he won with an average start and turn. His team have done a great job with him and I was impressed with how he dealt with the pressure which VDB put on him. If he can tidy these skills up he could put the WR out of sight

aswimfan

Commonwombat,

Where did you find the starting list for mixed Free relay? I looked at Omega and it’s not there yet, only heats and lanes assignments.

Funny thing, again, Australia and the Netherlands are given lanes 0 and 1, the same outside lanes they gave to other swimming powerhouse like Mongolia and Mozambique.

beachmouse

My guess would be that there were so many countries that entered with a No Time in that mixed relay and there may not have been enough entry times to fill the circle seeded heats. So they decided to just give everyone a NT entry and do a random draw from there to assign prelims heats and lanes.

Note that heat 2, lane 5 is listed as FINA, which is either someone forgetting to remove a placeholder entry before putting the psych sheet into lanes or Michael Phelps, under a swim cap of nation-free convenience, doing the event as a solo 400 IM

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