There is not much time left until the 17th FINA World Championships – the Event that is full of surprises in a post-Olympic year. In swimming, the men’s 100m breaststroke event is always highly anticipated and spectacular.
Olympic and world champions will clash over 100m breaststroke at the brand new World Championships venue, the Danube Arena. Let’s take a look at the event’s expected protagonists - strictly on the basis of the figures and results of the recent past.
Adam Peaty (Great Britain)
There are a lot of reasons (exactly three) why Peaty has the biggest chance to win the event: he comes to Budapest as an Olympic, World and European champion.
Adam Peaty broke the 28-year-long silence on the top of the podium in swimming for Great Britain at the Olympic Games last year in Rio. He became the first British swimmer to go under 58 seconds in 100m breaststroke.
But he wants more. He would like to become the first swimmer of all time to go under 57 seconds.
Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa)
He triumphed in the 100m breaststroke final at the London Games in 2012. After picking up his first Olympic gold medal, Van Der Burgh then made headlines after admitting controversies in the underwater pullout part of the race.
His debut was at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, ten years ago, so he definitely has the experience to defeat Peaty.
Cody Miller (USA)
Miller started his swimming career for a different reason than most. Due to a medical condition called Pectus Excavatum (essentially a very sunk-in chest) Miller took up swimming to monitor his heart and his breathing. The benefits of swimming are endless!
He won gold in Rio as a member of the 4x100m medley relay, while in the 100m breaststroke final he finished third behind Peaty and van der Burgh.
Miller is just 25 years old, so there is definitely time for improvement for the American.
In 100 meter breaststroke, it is very difficult to predict who will reach the top. Perhaps, only Peaty stand out from the crowd, but Kazan’s bronze medallist British Ross Murdoch and Daniel Gyurta (who will compete in front of the home crowd) should be mentioned too.