Olympics: Adam Peaty, Arno Kamminga Exert Dominance in 100 Breaststroke

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Olympics: Adam Peaty, Arno Kamminga Exert Dominance in 100 breast

The easy narrative in the men’s 100 breast is that everyone is racing for silver. Arno Kamminga might suggest that everyone is racing for bronze. No one really suggested otherwise Saturday night.

Adam Peaty and Kamminga dominated the prelims at the Tokyo Olympics, taking home the top two spots by a wide margin for Sunday’s prelims.

“It was a bit shaky off the start for some reason, I was gripping it a bit too hard,” Peaty said. “There are a lot of variables when it comes to the Olympics, and it is about trying to control as many as you can. But some you can’t control. It was very delayed (his start) tonight. It was very hot, but that is how we adapt into the semis and that is how we adapt into the final.”

Peaty did what Peaty usually does, handling the field in 57.56. Second was Kamminga in a Dutch record 57.80. It was nearly a second back to the third-place finisher, Michael Andrew, in 58.62.

“It’s the pinnacle, but it felt like every other breaststroke I’ve ever swum – it felt like any pool I’ve ever raced in,” Andrew said. “I didn’t want to crumble under that nerves and pressure. Hopefully, it’s like any other swim meet – except millions of people watching (on TV).”

Both of the Americans made it through to the semis. Andrew controlled the fifth heat of seven with the win. Andrew Wilson clocked in at 59.03 to finish seventh, putting

The European dominance in the stroke is evident. Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy was fourth, a spot ahead of James Wilby of Great Britain. Two Germans and two Russians are in spots nine through 16, as is Belarus’s Ilya Shymanovich.

Neither Australian made it back to the semis. One Japanese swimmer got back in a stroke that they normally dominate in, though it wasn’t the one expected. Shoma Sato was slower than a minute to miss out, but Ryuya Mura managed to sneak into the final in 59.82. Felipe Lima of Brazil turned in a great swim to go 59.17 in an outside lane and grab eighth place.

Men’s 100 breast

  • World record: Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 56.88 (2019)
  • Olympic record: Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 57.13 (2016)
  1. Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 57.56
  2. Arno Kamminga, Netherlands, 57.80
  3. Michael Andrew, United States, 58.62
  4. Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy, 58.68
  5. Yan Zibei, China, 58.75
  6. James Wilby, Great Britain, 58.99
  7. Andrew Wilson, United States, 59.04
  8. Felipe Lima, Brazil, 59.17
  9. Ilya Shymanovich, Belarus, 59.33
  10. Federico Poggio, Italy, 59.33
  11. Lucas Joachim Matzerath, Germany, 59.40
  12. Ryuya Mura, Japan, 59.40
  13. Andrius Sidlauaskas, Lithuania, 59.46
  14. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Germany, 59.49
  15. Anton Chupkov, Russia, 59.55
  16. Kirill Prigoda, Russia, 59.68

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