Top 20 Stories of 2017: No 6 – Adam Peaty, Pugilistic Pioneer Of The 25.95 Lap Of Fire

Adam Peaty - another year of sweat and reward - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Top 20 stories of 2017: No 6 – Adam Peaty, Pugilistic Pioneer With A 25.95 Lap Of Fire To Rule Them All. A chink of silence before the crowd ripples its roar indicates high-end Richter-Scale-of-sport stuff. 25.95! Jaws dropped. That’s 0.01sec up on the 25.96 at which Jill Sterkel (USA) set the world best dash time for women on freestyle back in 1980; almost as fast as Igor Polianky (URS) held the world best dash time on backstroke, at 25.90, in 1988… and so on. Peaty’s punch was not made in a day – the writing was on the turn wall at Rio 2016 … and on the way to the world 100m crown retained, Peaty hit that turn wall at a speed no other man has ever travelled at in a solo one-lap race with no second length ahead. Pioneer and pugilist, Peaty’s place in the pantheon is assured – but he sees three more Olympic cycles ahead…

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Top 20 stories of 2017: No 6 – Adam Peaty, Pugilistic Pioneer With A 25.95 Lap Of Fire To Rule Them All. A chink of silence before the crowd ripples its roar indicates high-end Richter-Scale-of-sport stuff. 25.95! Jaws dropped. That’s 0.01sec up on the 25.96 at which Jill Sterkel (USA) set the world best dash time for women on freestyle back in 1980; almost as fast as Igor Polianky (URS) held the world best dash time on backstroke, at 25.90, in 1988… and so on. Peaty’s punch was not made in a day – the writing was on the turn wall at Rio 2016 … and on the way to the world 100m crown retained, Peaty hit that turn wall at a speed no other man has ever travelled at in a solo one-lap race with no second length ahead. Pioneer and pugilist, Peaty’s place in the pantheon is assured – but he sees three more Olympic cycles ahead…

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