Commonwealth Games – Ones to watch, day 3
Men’s 100 Breast
2014 Winning time - 58.94, Adam Peaty (England)
World record - 57.13, Adam Peaty (England)
Four years ago, Adam Peaty started his long run of unbeaten 100 breaststrokes. Having broken 59 for the first time in the 100 final in Glasgow, the Commonwealth Games was arguably Peaty’s “breakout meet”. Could he be looking to rewrite the record books for sentimental reasons?
We all know Peaty loves “the arena” and as we have seen all over social media, the pool that the Gold Coast has set up is one of the most impressive arena’s we have ever seen. Peaty is no stranger to the pool in Gold Coast. In 2016 Peaty spent 7 weeks training in this pool during the usual “winter training period” however as it was Australia’s summer it won’t have been so much winter training and more a summer camp. Peaty’s trip to Australia was during his lead up to the Olympic Games so we know Peaty will have crushed some spine shivering sets in this pool. Maybe this is the tiny edge Peaty needs to put “project 56” to bed.
As we are all sure Peaty is nailed on for the gold who maybe contesting for the minor medals? With 2012 Olympic Champion Cameron Van Der Burgh contesting we can’t rule him out of being in with a shout of a medal, after all if Peaty hadn’t come along Van Der Burgh would still be the World Record Holder, without any real challengers! With Scotland’s Ross Murdoch being the next closest swimmer to breaking the 59. Could he also be contesting for the silver? Murdoch having gone a 59.1 to claim the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, he hasn’t bettered this time since but could this be his time to go the magical 58?
Could we be seeing a 2014 podium repeat with Peaty on the top step with Van Der Burgh to his right and Murdoch to his left? After Peaty’s swims today we think he has a lot more in the tank, will be see a 57 low or even the magic 56? Let us know what you think on social media or in the comments below!
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