Adam Peaty dominates Day 2 of British Swimming Championships

Triple Olympic gold medallist Peaty dominated the 50m breaststroke, showing no signs of fatigue after his 100m heroics on the opening night.

By Andrew Binner
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Fresh from his victory in the 100m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships, Adam Peaty added the men's 50m breaststroke title on Day 2 (Wednesday 6 April).

The three-time Olympic gold medallist touched home in 26.91 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, which is also serving as the British trials for the World Championships in June.

"The speed is coming back. It’s an amazing crowd, an amazing event and we’ll see where this takes us now," Peaty, whose time was almost a second slower than his world record, said after.

"The 50 is a bonus really. The [50m and 100m] training doesn’t change. We always train the 50 for speed which helps on the 100."

Asked for some advise for youngsters who would like to emulate his breaststroke success, he said the following:

"The harder you try, the slower you go. So just take it easy but go fast. It takes a long time to master the speed rhythm, the technique and you can lose it so quickly."

Peaty is scheduled to swim in the 200 breaststroke on Friday, but admitted that he is unsure if he will still compete in the unfamiliar longer event.

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There was a big win for James Guy in the men's 200 butterfly.

The double Olympic gold medallist from Tokyo 2020 blasted out of the blocks to build a big lead, but visibly tired in the final 50m of this early season event to touch home in 1.56.31. The time was a second out from the consideration time, which is needed to guarantee selection for the world championships.

Leah Crisp comfortably took the 800 freestyle title, building her stroke rate right until she touched the wall in 8.45.98. It was a successful start to a busy week for the University of Bath swimmer, who will also compete in the 400 and the 1500 free races.

Elsewhere, Harriet Jones cruised to victory in the 50 butterfly, clocking 26.48 in what was her first swim of the meet. The Welshwoman's victory bodes well for her signature 100 butterfly later in the week.

Jones' compatriot Medi Harris produced a superb swim to win the women's 100 back in a team consideration time of 59.95. She has the 100 free and the 50 back still to come this week.

A resurgent Luke Greenbank won the men's 100 backstroke from lane one. The 200 back Olympic bronze medallist recovered from a poor swim in the heats this morning to re-establish himself as Britain's best backstroker.

In the final race of the evening, Abbie Wood took the women's 200 breaststroke title in a time of 2.24.28.

The 23-year-old, who won the 200 free last night and made the 200 breaststroke Olympic final, was just outside of the Worlds consideration time. It is likely that she will still compete in the event in Budapest this summer, but has already been preselected as a 200 IM swimmer.

How to watch the British Swimming Championships 2022 live

Tickets are available for fans to attend sessions in person in Sheffield.

The Championships will also be broadcast on British Swimming's YouTube page.

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