This past week British Swimmer Adam Peaty absolutely smashed the world record in 100M long course breaststroke at the British Championships in London in an amazing 57.92. Below is the video of his race and his interview after the race.
A few things in his technique stand out:
- He ALWAYS returns to the line out front. Even with a very quick tempo to his stroke, he does not sacrifice getting completely horizontal after each stroke. Note how his head and chest drop below his shoulders.
- His hip slide is phenomenal! Watch how far forward his hips slide on the insweep of the stroke. Note how dry his back is and how the wave behind him stays low on his back.
- His undulation is mild with hips always at or near the surface.
- The timing between his pull and his kick is perfection. Slow the video down and you will see that he is almost in streamline out front as his ankles quickly draw up behind him kicking him into a beautiful streamline.
- On the pull his elbows remain high and his hand strike forward is in very shallow water.
Adam is only 20 years old. Wow!
In this version you get a little better look at him close up, but it is missing the turn. Adam is in the lime green suit in Lane 4.
In the next video here, you get to see the turn (along with the crowd’s reaction).