Peaty fastest qualifier for 100m Breast final

Swimming News

Adam Peaty was just 0.07 seconds away from a second world record as he finished fastest in the 100m Breaststroke semi finals on day one of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Peaty swam 57.62 to take lane four, no other swimmer managed to duck under the 59 second marker. The triple world champion was almost a second and a half faster that Cody Miller of the United States, who will take lane five alongside Peaty in the final.

Peaty said:

I’m in that spot where I have a real opportunity to do something but I’m not going to take that for granted.

“I know those guys can probably step up as well so it’s going to be a great final. It will be about enjoying my first Olympic final and doing what I have been doing for the last seven years.

View full swimming results from day one of the Olympic Games over on the Rio 2016 website.

Litchfield swims new lifetime best for fourth

Max Litchfield swam a great race in the 400m IM final, up against some of the world’s biggest stars. He touched in a time which would have won him the European Aquatics Championships title with ease.

Litchfield was trailing after the backstroke. Impressive breaststroke and freestyle legs saw him move ahead of Jay Litherland of the USA and Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes. He touched in 4:11.62.

The 21 year old commented:

I wouldn’t have changed anything – I’m happy to have got another 0.3 seconds off my personal best from the morning.

“It is annoying to finish fourth but I was still two seconds behind the guy who was third. So to come fourth at my first Olympic Games and to set a personal best is all I could ask for.

Looking ahead for James Guy

James Guy went out strong in the 400m Freestyle, and it was always going to be the race of his life for the title. Guy showed huge guts, making a move early in the race, and led until the turn before the final 150m.  He clocked 3:44.68 for sixth place.

The Millfield swimmer showed great promise for the 200m Freestyle later in the competition, an event in which he holds the world title.

Guy said:

I tried to go out as hard as I could and just hold on. I knew that Mack [Horton] and Sun [Yang] would come back fast because they have that endurance speed. So I just tried to go out hard and hold on.

“We’ll see how the 200m goes but that’s the first day done at my first Olympic Games. What an experience.

Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott came fourth and seventh respectively in the Women’s 400m IM. Miley just missed out on the bronze medal by fifteen hundredths of a second.