Adam Peaty Makes It 15 Golds In 15 European-Championship Finals Since 2014 On 26.21 In Dash For Budapest Gold No3 & 50m Crown No4

2021-05-22 Reading Time: 3 minutes
Adam Peaty - Photo by Georgie Kerr, courtesy of British Swimming

Adam Peaty will seek a 16th gold in what Britain’s 4x100m medley boys intend to make his 16th European Championship title since 2014 tomorrow ad the Budapest showcase of 2021 draws to a close after he claimed career gold No 15 with a 26.21 blast to retain the 50m breaststroke crown this evening.

Victory meant a third gold this week, after wins in the 100m breaststroke and the 4x100m medley mixed with mates. Peaty’s perfect record would be complete across four Championships spanning seven years tomorrow if Britain take the medley relay.

After setting personal bests that went largely unnoticed at the 2013 European Short Course Championships because he was not in the mix for the medals, Peaty made his international breakthrough in 2014.

Since claiming the 100m breaststroke titles at the Commonwealth Games for England and European Championships for Britain, he has remained unbeaten over two lengths, his honours including the Olympic crown at Rio 2016 and the World titles of 2015, 2017 and 2019. The latter was matched by wins over 50m for a unique double triple 50-100m in all events on the World-Championship program, while the Covid-19 delayed Olympics in Tokyo will bring on what peaty calls the “further attack” (defence feels too pale for him) on the crown.

The dash in Budapest saw Peaty do what Alex Popov did on so many occasions over 50m freestyle: though closeness of battle was ever there, it never felt as though anyone else would get their hand to the wall ahead of him.

The 26-year-old coaches by Mel Marshall at Loughborough alchemised that feeling with a wall-shaking lunge into the pad and a 26.21 that kept at bay Belarus challenger Ilya Shymanovich, on 26.55 for silver and Nicolo’ Martinenghi, the Italian charge, on 26.68 as the last man home inside 27.

Peaty’s 26.21 if the seventh fastest of his career and pushed Brazil’s Felipe Lima down to all-time No 9 on the performances ranking, all eight times swifter than that of the second-fastest man ever now owned by the British champion.

Peaty emerged to say:

“It was almost perfect execution there. It’s looking very promising if I can do that in a 50m with where I’m at right now. I really just wanted that win and that’s what it’s all about – finding a win when you can’t get your best – it was just about getting my hand on the wall first. It’s a great feeling and I’m born to race.”

Adam Peaty – by Georgie Kerr, courtesy of British Swimming

Men’s 100m breaststroke – Gold For Peaty

PL NationSwimmer / DoBR.T. Time Gap
(28 DEC 1994) 
 0.62 26.21   
(02 AUG 1994) 
 0.63 26.55 0.34   
(01 AUG 1999) 
 0.63 26.68 0.47    
(24 FEB 1996) 
 0.71 27.10 0.89    
(22 OCT 1995) 
 0.61 27.13 0.92   
(03 MAY 2000) 
 0.67 27.13 0.92   
(29 DEC 1995) 
 0.65 27.30 1.09    
82  ITAPINZUTI Alessandro
(10 MAY 1999) 
 0.69 27.54 1.33    

Women’s 100m freestyle: Gold For Heemskerk

Fenke Heemskerk, by DeepBlueMedia, courtesy of LEN

Femke Heemskerk has spent most, though not all, taking silver and bronze medals behind Ranomi Kromowidjojo on sprint freestyle. Not this day. Gold was her’s in 53.07 off a 25.67 split.

The silver went to Marie Wattel, of France, on 53.32 (27.34) and bronze to Britain’s Anna Hopkin, on 53.43, off 27.87 in sixth at half-way, and closing in all the way home. Kromowidjojo was locked out ion the medals by 0.01sec after turning in 27.67.

PL NationSwimmer / DoBR.T.50m Time Gap 
(21 SEP 1987) 
 0.7225.67 53.05
(02 JUN 1997) 
 0.6925.98 53.32
(24 APR 1996) 
 0.6725.56 53.43
(20 AUG 1990) 
 0.6825.75 53.44
(04 MAR 2001) 
 0.7225.83 53.56
62  DENBRO Signe
(05 MAR 1999) 
 0.7226.14 53.69
(01 APR 2000) 
 0.6225.72 53.74
88  SWECOLEMAN Michelle
(31 OCT 1993) 
 0.6825.89 54.15

Men’s 800m free: Romanchuk At The Double

Mykhaylo Romanchuk on his way to gold No 2 – by DeepBlueMedia, courtesy of LEN

Mykhailo Romanchuk claimed the distance double with a 7:42.61 victory over 800m freestyle to add to his 1500m victory earlier in the week and his triumph over 800m at World titles in 2019.

The European titleholder Gregorio Paltrinieri led an Italian 2-3 podium finish on 7:43.62, to Gabriele Detti‘s 7:46.10, Norwegian charge Henrik Christiansen close on 7:47.99.

Paltrinieri set the pace all the way until the approach to the last turn, when Romanchuk, two lanes over in 4, to then Italian’s 6, with Detti in 3 and Christiansen in 5, took the lead for the first time.

Mykhaylo Romanchuk and Gregorio Paltrinieri – the mask is off! Tokyo will be a blast. – Photo by DeepBlueMedia, courtesy of LEN

Romanchuk will now head to the Tokyo Olympics as a favourite for the inaugural men’s 800m title and a contender for the 1500m title that Paltrinieri will defend without having swum 16,250m of open water battles the week before. In Budapest, Paltrinieri claimed gold in the 5km, 10km and 5km team event with Italian mates. In Tokyo, the marathon will be held in the week after the pool battles are done.

The rest of the Budapest 800 final today:

  1. Anton Ipsen DEN 7:52.07
  2. Jose Paulo Lopes POR 7:52.68
  3. Joris Bouchaut FRA 7:52.85
  4. Sergiy Frolov UKR 7:56.12

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