Adam Peaty clocks season's best to win British titleMarch 3, 2018
Adam Peaty sent a stark warning to his Commonwealth rivals with a season’s best to win 100m Breaststroke gold on the penultimate night of the British Swimming Championships 2018.
The Olympic champion broke 59 seconds for the first time since defending his world crown last July, winning the national title in 58.78.
Peaty is still in training for next month’s Commonwealth Games, where he will look to retain his title from four years ago.
And the Loughborough swimmer looked in fine shape as he powered home more than a second clear of the field.
“Preparation is going well now so we’ll see what I’ve got at Commonwealths,” said Peaty.
“It was always about racing tonight. These guys are racing really fast as well so we’ll see how many medals we can get at Commonwealths.”
James Wilby, who will be Peaty’s teammate with Team England on the Gold Coast, won silver in 1:00.05 while Scotland’s Ross Murdoch took bronze in 1:01.26.
Lizzie Simmonds completes backstroke double with 100m victory
Lizzie Simmonds showed her class to win a competitive 100m Backstroke final and complete a golden double at the meet.
The 27-year old had already picked up the 200m Backstroke title in Edinburgh, and clocked 1:00.65 to double up over half the distance.
The English swimmer touched ahead of German rivals Laura Riedmann (1:00.71) and Lisa Graf (1:00.72) at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
Scotland’s Kathleen Dawson won British silver in 1:00.84 while Bath University’s Jess Fullalove completed the podium on 1:01.05.
Simmonds will hope to carry on her form to the Gold Coast next month where she will look to add to her sole Commonwealth medal – 200m Backstroke silver from Delhi 2010.
“I’m really pleased with a second win,” said Simmonds, who was claiming the 13th British title of her career.
“It was a good, solid swim and a good race with the girls and it sets me up well for the Gold Coast.
“It’s always great to be British champ and standing on top of the podium. I’m really happy with tonight’s swim and hopefully I can turn that into something special on the Gold Coast.”