Local star’s bid to secure top spot goes swimmingly

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Local swimming sensation Adam Peaty has set the world’s fastest time in his speciality event, and booked his place in this year’s World Championships.

The 24-year-old clocked in at 57.87 seconds in the 100-metre Breaststroke at the opening night of the British Championships, with Commonwealth gold-medallist James Wilby coming in second.

Competing at the Tollcross International Sports Centre in Glasgow, Peaty secured the world’s fastest time in the 100m Breaststroke for this year.

The Uttoxeter swimmer knocked 0.42 seconds off the previous 2019 winner, Ilya Shymanovich, who recorded 58.29 in Marseille, France, in March.

“I regained my number one spot which I obviously came here to do, so it’s job done.” Peaty said.

Peaty’s world record in the distance, set in Glasgow last year, stands at 57.10.

The victory comes just days after the Olympic champion ruled out competing for the 200m Breaststroke title at Tokyo 2020.

Instead, the swimmer has decided to focus solely on defending his 100m title.

Peaty’s 100m Breaststroke win clinched Team GBs first gold medal of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“I want to focus on pushing the boundaries in the 100m,” he said.  

“If you look at the 200m swimmers they’re all kind of skinny and long in their stroke and I’m the complete opposite,” said the five-time world champion.

Peaty is a five-time world champion and 12-time European champion.

This week’s win secures Peaty a seat on the plane to the FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea in July and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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