The current World and Olympic Champion is out
Adam Peaty, the fastest breast specialist in history, will not be competing at the 2020 World Swimming Championships due to a broken bone (via Adam Peaty’s Instagram).
This are certainly very delicate news, because the health and safety of an athlete always goes first. This being said, for Team Great Britain, his colleagues and family this was a very unfortunate happening.
The dominance of Adam Peaty:
2015 World Champs Kazan, Russia – Gold 50 & 100 breast
2017 World Champs Budapest, Hungary – Gold 50 & 100 breast
2019 World Champs Budapest, Hungary – Gold 50 & 100 breast
Peaty has been the World Champion in both 50 and 100 breaststroke during the past 7 years. On top of that he is a double Olympic Champion from Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021.
For the first time in almost a decade the swimming world will see a new World Champion in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. Who will that swimmer be?
Favorites to win 100 meter breaststroke:
Arno Kamminga NED – Olympic Silver Medalist in 100 meter breaststroke
Arno had a spectacular Olympic Games where he swam under 58 seconds in the event for the first time. He and Adam Peaty are the only swimmers in history to break the barrier of 58 seconds in the 100 breaststroke. He has been European Champion and Olympic Medalist, therefore he is motivated to become a World Champion.
Favorites to win 50 meter breaststroke:
Michael Andrew USA – American Record Holder in 100 meter breaststroke
Mr. Andrew has already been World Champion, however, in the short course meters version.
In the swimming community status and legacy are determined by the performance of a swimmer in the Long course version, therefore this is Andrew’s opportunity to show the world that his name will last forever. He recently just broke the American Record in this event at US Nationals this past April. He is motivated and certainly it is his time.
Last update: May, 2022
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