Adam Peaty is the ruler of the men’s breaststroke over 50m and 100m. In long-course. The British lion hasn’t lost a major race since 2014 in the 50m pool, he collected all titles on offer, he clinched the Olympic crown in Rio, claimed 4 world titles in 2015 and 2017, 4 European golds (in individual events), demolished the world records 7 times (4x in 50m, 3x in 100m).
Still, he’s yet to win a short-course title.
He has four silver medals so far, two from the 2014 short-course Worlds in Doha where Brazil’s Felipe Franca Silva finished ahead of him both in the 50m and 100m. And Peaty came runner-up in Netanya 2015, he was out-touched by Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic by 0.01sec in the dash while Germany’s Marco Koch was 0.18sec faster in the 100m. (He skipped the 2016 Worlds in Windsor.)
Peaty clocked 26.21 two years ago in Israel – his l/c WR from this July stands at 25.95, so he was faster in Budapest in the 50m pool than in the 25m pool in the previous December… (The current s/c global mark is 25.25, set by Cameron van den Burgh of South Africa in 2009, a shiny suit WR, time to bring it down perhaps.)
This evening the semis and the final in the 50m breast can bring him the first big success – in the little pool.