Peaty qualifies for Paris with statement title

World-record holder Peaty was unbeaten over 100m for eight years from 2014, but he has experienced more difficult times since winning gold in Tokyo in 2021.

He finished fourth in the 2022 Commonwealth Games after breaking his foot and stepped away from the sport for much of 2023 to prioritise his mental health.

And on his return to major championships in February he had to settle for world bronze in Doha.

But his time in the heats (58.53) at London Aquatics Centre would have been enough for gold at the World Championships, and he went even faster in Tuesday evening’s final.

It was the quickest 100m breaststroke time since China’s Qin Haiyang, who is expected to be a rival for Peaty at this summer’s Olympics, won the 2023 world championships in a time of 57.69.

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