Peaty world record in 100m Breaststroke heatsAugust 6, 2016
Adam Peaty broke his own world record in the heats of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, going through fastest into the semi-finals on day one of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The City of Derby swimmer was well over a second faster than Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki, touching in 57.55 to duck under his previous record by just under half a second. Ross Murdoch also made it through to the semi-finals for Team GB.
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Peaty seemed to duck under his world record with little difficulty, and simply showed a thumbs up when he noticed the time. He may well just be Britain’s first chance at a gold medal.
Peaty and Murdoch were the last of the Team GB swimmers to put in an impressive performance on day one though, it was a very good day to be a British swimmer.
Litchfield and Guy power into finals
Max Litchfield of Sheffield put in a very convincing performance in the Men’s 400m IM, and was the first swimmer to make a final.
Litchfield qualified fifth fastest overall, swimming 4:11.95 for a new lifetime best in the event. He will go straight into the finals later tonight.
James Guy soon made it two, qualifying sixth fastest for the Men’s 400m Freestyle. Guy went out strong, but halfway through the race he started to look like he was falling behind. He dug in down the last 50m to clock 3:45.31 and finished fifth fastest in the final heat of the event.
Willmott and Miley look strong medal contenders
The Women’s 400m IM event also saw two swimmers qualify for Team GB. England’s Aimee Willmott’s first two strokes are her slowest, so she looked as though she may not make it through. However, with the breaststroke and freestyle legs she really came into her own and pulled back some precious seconds. She touched in 4:34.08, just over a second slower than her own personal best time.
Scotland’s Hannah Miley also made it into the final tonight, qualifying fourth fastest ahead of Willmott. Both swimmers look in good form to push for podium places.