Adam Peaty : LEN European Championships 2018 – WORLD RECORD (Adjusted to 57.10)

Adam Peaty : LEN European Championships 2018

Day 1 of the 2018 European Championships kicked off with a new meet record by the hands of Great Britain’s Adam Peaty. The world record holder and Olympic champion threw down a monster time of 57.89 in the 100m breast prelims, smashing his own championship record of 58.36 from 2016 and setting himself up to do more damage in tonight’s semi-final.

Peaty holds the world record in 57.13, a time produced at the 2016 Olympic Games en route to becoming Olympic champion. The Brit’s fastest this season was the 58.59 he produced at the Commonwealth Games in the semi-finals. He went on to take gold on the Gold Coast in 58.84, so this morning represents his first time under 58 this season.

The National Centre Loughborough-trained athlete already held the top 10 performances of all-time heading into Glasgow, but his menacing 57.89 now gives him the top 11 100m breast swims in history. His sub-58 outing this morning ranks as the 7th fastest ever produced.

Finals: 57.00, new World Record

The records keep on rolling in Glasgow, as British breaststroking ace Adam Peatydemolished a new world record in the 100m distance tonight.

After already notching a championship record in yesterday’s prelim, clocking 57.89, Peaty continued to lead the pack in last night’s semi-finals with a slightly slower 58.04. Tonight, however, the 23-year-old Olympic gold medalist produced an eye-popping mark of 57.00 to once again establish the fastest 100m breaststroke time in history.

Launching off the blocks with a .47 reaction time, for once, the fastest of the field, Peaty opened in an impressive 26.65 and closed in 30.35 to produce the 57.00 time, a mark just .01 shy of his own personal goal of ‘Project 56’.

His time tonight rips .13 off of his previous World Record of 57.13 set en route to the top of the podium in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games. Peaty now owns the 14 fastest performances ever in this 100m breaststroke race. We’ll see what he is able to do in the 50m breast on August 7th.

Teammate James Wilby also scored a new personal best in the race, stopping the clock at 58.54 to mark his first time ever under the 59-second threshold. He now sits behind Peaty as the 2nd fastest swimmer in the world this season.

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World Record “Adjusted” to 57.10 (Sunday)

The Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN), Europe’s governing body for aquatic sports affiliated to FINA, has issued a statement concerning the discovery of an error in the configuration of the timing system at the 2018 European Swimming Championships in Glasgow on Saturday, 4 August 2018. LEN’s Technical Swimming Committee conducted an investigation and found that “the starting mechanism had been incorrectly configured prior to the start of the session which resulted in all reported times being 0.10s faster due to a configuration delay of 0.10s.”

LEN insists that only 9 heats were affected, and that the prior three sessions, as well as the events in the fourth session that took place after the error was discovered, were not affected. As a result, the LEN TSC has gone back and readjusted all the times swum in the following events on Saturday:

  • Women’s 800m freestyle
  • Men’s 100m breaststroke
  • Women’s 100m butterfly
  • Men’s 100m freestyle semi-finals
  • Women’s 100m breaststroke semi-finals
  • Men’s 200m butterfly semi-finals

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty’s winning time in the 100 breast, originally reported as a new World Record of 57.00, has been adjusted to 57.10. Peaty still clears the World Record; the previous mark of 57.13 belonged to him from the 2016 Olympic Games. He owns the 14 fastest times in history in the event.

LEN has announced they will answer questions relating to the timing error after finals tonight. “LEN Officials will be happy to answer questions from 19.15 hrs today (after the conclusion of today’s session) in the Jury Room at the Tollcross Swimming Centre.”

You can read the official statement here.