With the Olympics in Rio in 2016 just around the corner, Britain's Adam Peaty has established his credentials as the man to beat in the men's 100m breaststroke. The City of Derby swimmer broke the world record for the event by more than half a second, recording a fantastic time of 57.92 seconds at the British Championships held at the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford.
20-year-old Peaty proved to be a swimming sensation for England at last year's #Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, taking two golds in the 100m breaststroke and 4 x 100m medley relay events. He also took four golds in Berlin at the European Championships in 2014. His wonderful world record at the British trials this week though has propelled him into pole position as the leading swimmer in his event on the global stage. He took a large chunk out of the former world record set by the South African Cameron van der Burgh of 58.46 seconds, as he moved the event under the landmark 58 seconds and beyond for the first time.
It sets Peaty up nicely for this summer's World Championships in Kazan, Russia, where he may compete in as many as five events for Great Britain including the relays. That healthy position was confirmed after the Uttoxeter man won all of the men's breaststroke events from 50m up to 200m at the British Championships, which doubled as the trials for the Worlds this year.
The young swimmer is coached at Derby by former GB international Mel Marshall, a formidable competitor herself during her international career, and a multiple medallist at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and European Championships. She is clearly passing on some solid advice to her protégé, as Peaty now looks forward to the bigger challenges ahead including his first experience of a (long course) World Championships.