Adam Peaty hammered out a Tokyo 2020 statement of intent that told his rivals: “Catch me if you can”, writes MARTIN LIPTON.
The defending 100m breaststroke champion is Britain’s banker bet of the first few days of the Games.
And the Uttoxeter superstar, who had recorded the EIGHTEEN fastest times in history prior to the Games, was a class apart once again when he went in the final heat to romp through to the overnight semis.
Peaty made a perfect start to go clear of the field and stay there, turning in 26.81 and touching home in 57.56, the eighth fastest time recorded.
Only the Brit ace himself has gone quicker of course and he was holding plenty back yet still proved he is the dominant force.
Apart from Peaty, only Holland’s Arno Kamminga, who set a Dutch record of 57.80, was inside 58 secs but the Brit has confirmed his status as favourite.