Four years ago in London, Adam Peaty wasn’t even on the radar. This summer, the Englishman will go into the Olympic Games in Rio as a double favourite and he showcased his form at last night’s Edinburgh International Meet at the Commonwealth Pool.
The 22-year-old, who holds the world titles and world records in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, won the shorter event in style in his first of a double header in Scotland. Next month, the Team GB trials will be staged at Tollcross in Glasgow.
“I’m in the best shape of my life,” said the British superstar. “I’ve just had six weeks in Australia and I’m feeling confident.
“I won’t be taking anything for granted at the trials, but I already have a plan for Rio. Everything is geared towards the Olympics. It’s the title everyone wants to win.”
Warrender’s Craig McNally missed out on London 2012 by a heartbreaking fraction of a second, and he suffered further disappointment when his medal hopes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games were scuppered by illness.
His main event is the 200m backstroke, and a third place, 1.41 seconds behind Luke Greenbank in 2:01.44 was the final fling before the vital trails starting in Glasgow a month today.
Perth’s Stephen Milne claimed a rare title for the home contingent last night, and it wasn’t even in his No.1 event. The 22-year-old 1500m specialist won the 400m freestyle in an impressive meet record of 3:48.51.
City of Glasgow’s Camilla Hattersley was another Scottish winner, taking the 800m in 8:35.78. “That’s given me a lot of confidence before the trials,” she said.
In the 100m freestyle, up and coming Duncan Scott scored a fine win over Scotland’s Robbie Renwick, England’s Ben Proud won in 48.52 secs with Scott touching in 49.69 and Renwick 49.77.
University of Edinburgh’s Yvette Man-yi Kong was runner-up in the 100m breaststroke in 1:07.88.