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Adam Peaty: I can hit new level at Rio Olympics

Adam Peaty: I can hit new level in Rio 
Adam Peaty led the way after he won the 100m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships Credit: PA

Adam Peaty sealed his Olympic place by winning the 100 metres breaststroke at the British ­Swimming Championships in Glasgow and then set his sights on breaking his own world record at the ­Olympics in Rio.

The 22-year-old has already ­established himself as one of Great Britain’s brightest gold medal hopes after winning the 50m, which is not included in the Olympic programme, and 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in Russia last August. At the Tollcross ­International Swimming Centre, where he also became Commonwealth champion in 2014, Peaty eased to victory in a time of 58.41 sec – just under the time in which he won the World Championships but above his world record mark of 57.92 sec.

However, Peaty is confident that with five months’ worth of training before Rio he can go much faster. “I know that was not anywhere near my best,” Peaty said. “I am glad that I came first and 58.41 is faster than the worlds, so I cannot complain about that, but I know what went wrong in that race and I know what went right. Next time I will be ­going out to go faster.

“After the world record last year I got out of the pool and didn’t feel that was my best. Some people have that feeling where they know they are not going to go any faster than that. But I know 57.9 with a rubbish start was not anywhere near where I want to be. I am not going to say that I am going to smash that at Rio because you never know what can happen. That race there was good but not perfect.”

Peaty will be back in action in the 200m breaststroke on Friday,

Only those who win their individual race within the qualification standard will automatically book their place at this summer’s Games. Hence, Ross Murdoch, who came second to Peaty within the qualification time and took bronze at the World Championships, will face an anxious wait to see whether he will receive one of the six discretionary places the British coaches can award. Their selection will be ­finalised on April 21.

Another swimmer definitely on the plane is James Guy, who won his 400m freestyle in a time of 3 min 43.75 sec and was promptly sick by the poolside.

“I got out of the pool and was just sick everywhere, ­tomatoes and ­pesto everywhere,” Guy, who won silver in the event at the World Championships, said.

“It’s the first time I’ve been sick ­after a race, it’s a bit weird. I think it’s a bit of the nerves and a bit of the pasta together. I know what to do for next time, it’s not going to ­happen again.

“Now I’ve got the qualifying time out of the way I can relax and enjoy the meet. Obviously I want to be faster but we’ll see how things go. I know I can be faster.” 

Stephen Milne, the runner-up in 3-46.84, may come into consideration for a discretionary place.

Home favourite Hannah Miley is bound for her third Olympic Games after winning the 400m individual medley. Her time of 4-33.40 was well within the qualification time with runner-up Aimee Willmott finishing just six hundredths of a second outside that mark.

Meanwhile, Jazmin Carlin took gold in the 200m freestyle, although her time of 1-57.62 fell just under two seconds outside the qualification standard. The 25-year-old from Wales will go again in her specialist events of the 400m and 800m freestyle having won bronze at the World Championships in the latter event.