Peaty eyes Grand Finale after record breaking week

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Adam Peaty will be hoping to continue his record-breaking form, as he prepares for the only the second Grand Finale of the International Swimming League (ISL) on Sunday. 

Staffordshire’s very own swimming sensation, continued to set the world alight, as he broke the 100m breaststroke record in the ISL last Sunday morning. Peaty swam 55.49 seconds which beats the 11 year long standing record of 55.61 set by South African, Cameron van der Burg at the 2009 World Cup. Peaty now holds three world records (100m breaststroke long and short course and 50m breaststroke).

Uttoxeter born, Peaty, also set a British record of 25.48 in the 50m breaststroke during the ‘skins’ event, helping London Roar finish second in the ISL semi-finals and qualify for Sunday’s Grand Finale and will be hoping to continue smashing records and help Roar go one place further than their second-place finish in the inaugural event last year.

Despite breaking the world record, Peaty is still striving for more. Speaking to the BBC, he felt despite breaking the record, he felt he can go faster.

 “It’s all a learning process and it’s not my best swim. I know it’s a world record, but I can go faster,” Peaty said. 

Peaty breaking a short course record only adds to his undeniable dominance on the long course, and is certainly a far cry from back in 2018 when he said that “short course is pretty much dead to me,” adding that he “(didn’t) really care” about swimming in the 25 meter pool. 

Peaty has historically struggled on the short course despite thriving in the long course as the short course requires more work on underwater work and turns, but breaking a short course record is certainly a way to silence his short course critics, and further establish himself as one of swimming’s greats.  

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