Tokyo Olympics:Adam Peaty breezes into 100 m breaststroke final

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Adam Peaty, the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title, breezed into the final of the 100m breaststroke event in Tokyo.

The world record holder, 26, qualified fastest from the semi-finals with a time of 57.63 seconds and will race to the final at 03:12 BST on Monday.

James Wilby also made it to the final by finishing third fastest in the first semi-final with a time of 59 seconds.

But there were no podiums for GB on the first day of the medal race in the pool.

Max Litchfield came closest to the men’s 400m individual medley final for the second consecutive Olympics but narrowly escaped.

Tokyo Olympics:Adam Peaty breezes into 100 m breaststroke final
Tokyo Olympics: Adam Peaty breezes into 100 m breaststroke final

He was a close fourth – at the same spot in Rio – as Chase Kalis of the USA won gold at Tokyo 2020 to take the first medal in the pool.

Kalisz finished in four minutes 9.42 seconds, ahead of compatriot Jay Litherland (4:10.28) and Brendan Smith of Australia (4:10.38).


Despite strong performances in the heats, Amy Wilmott was unable to make her final appearance at the Olympics with a medal in the women’s 400m individual medley.

The 28-year-old Commonwealth Games champion, Yui Ohashi, who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Games, finished seventh, winning Japan’s first medal in the pool.

Ohashi touched down in four minutes 32.08s, ahead of the United States pair of Emma Weyant (4:32.76) and Hallie Flickinger (4:34.90).

Britain finished fifth in the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay as Australia won the gold medal with a world record time of 3:29.69.

Canada won the silver with a timing of 3:32.78 while the US won the bronze with a timing of 3:32.81.

In the opening setback of the Games, 18-year-old Ahmed Hafnoui of Tunisia won the men’s 400m freestyle gold medal.

The teenager finished in 3:43.36, overhauling Australian Jack McLaughlin (3:43.52) and USA’s Kieran Smith (3:43.94).

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