ADAM PEATY hammered out a Tokyo 2020 assertion of intent that advised his rivals: “Catch me in case you can.”
The defending 100m breaststroke champion is Britain’s banker guess of the primary few days of the Video games.
Peaty produced one other excellent show in his warmthCredit score: AFP
The Brit safely booked his place within the semi-final tomorrowCredit score: AFP
And the Uttoxeter celebrity, who had recorded the EIGHTEEN quickest instances in historical past previous to the Video games, was a category aside as soon as once more when he went within the ultimate warmth to romp via to the in a single day semis.
Peaty made an ideal begin to go away from the sphere and keep there, delivering 26.81 and touching residence in 57.56, the eighth quickest time recorded.
Solely Peaty himself has gone faster after all and the Brit ace was holding loads again but nonetheless proved he’s the dominant pressure.
Other than Peaty, solely Holland’s Arno Kamminga, who set a Dutch document of 57.80, was inside 58 secs however the Brit has solely confirmed his standing as favorite.
Two heats earlier, Peaty’s team-mate James Wilby certified with a second place behind Michael Andrew of the USA in 58.99secs.
Peaty’s swim was no shock, however the different stand-out efficiency got here from Middlesbrough’s Aimee Willmott, second quickest qualifier for the 400m particular person medley ultimate going down within the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Solely American Emma Weyant went faster than Willmott’s 4:35.28, with the Brit holding off defending champion Katinka Hosszu via the second half of the race after a terrific backstroke leg introduced her via the sphere.
Max Litchfield additionally went via to his 400m medley ultimate however the different Brits in motion all sunk with out hint, with Brodie Williams within the medley, Harriet Jones within the 100m butterfly and 400m freestyler Kieran Hen all eradicated.
Extra to comply with.
Peaty despatched out an announcement to his nearest challengers with one other scintillating showCredit score: PA
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