Olympic champion Adam Peaty went 58.22 for a time over 100 breaststroke only he and Arno Kamminga have bettered and Laura Stephens backed up her rankings-rattling 200 fly heat swim to once more go inside the Tokyo consideration time at the British Swimming Glasgow Meet.
Max Litchfield dominated the 400IM in 4:12.81, Duncan Scott won the 200 free in 1:46.02 and Molly Renshaw claimed the 100 breaststroke title.
There will though be no fourth Games for Hannah Miley who was well outside the consideration time in the 400IM as she finished behind winner Abbie Wood.
The meet at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre mirrors the Olympic schedule of evening heats and morning finals and concludes on Sunday.
Peaty All Quality, Consistency And Domination
Peaty completed the quadruple quadruple in Budapest, meaning he has now won four gold medals at each of the last four European Championships.
The Briton hasn’t been beaten over 100m since he announced himself on the international stage at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Until April he was the only man to have gone inside 58secs until Kamminga crashed through the barrier in 57.90.
Peaty, who is coached by Mel Marshall at the Loughborough National Training Centre, split 27.14/30.98 to post his fifth-fastest time of the season.
Behind him in his slipstream came European bronze medallist James Wilby (1:00.05) and Ross Murdoch (1:00.31), who won 2015 world bronze.
2021 Top 10 Times
57.39; Adam Peaty, British National Championships
57.66; Adam Peaty, European Championships
57.67; Adam Peaty, European Championships
57.70; Adam Peaty, British National Championships
57.90; Arno Kamminga, Netherlands Team Time Trials
58.10; Arno Kamminga, European Championships
58.22; Adam Peaty, British Swimming Glasgow Meet
58.26; Adam Peaty, European Championships
58.37; Nicolo Martinenghi, Italian Championships
58.45; Nicolo Martinenghi, European Championships
Sarah Vasey and Renshaw will compete in the 100br in Tokyo and it was the former who led at halfway in 31.68 with Kara Hanlon in second.
The 200 specialist Renshaw, who set the British record of 1:06.21 in Budapest, came back on the second 50 and in the final metres she and Vasey were stroke for stroke.
Renshaw, who has the most beautiful of long strokes, spotted the touch in 1:07.45, 0.10 ahead of Vasey (1:07.55) with Hanlon third in 1:08.72.
Stephens Takes Flight
Stephens’ time of 2:07.04 was a PB by more than half a second and propelled her to fifth in the rankings.
It was also 1.28secs within the consideration time of 2:08.32 although the British Swimming selection policy stated times be done in the final.
Come the final and it was Alys Thomas who led at halfway 1:02.37 to 1:02.72.
Stephens though turned that into a lead of 0.09 at the final turn before a last 50 of 32.80 saw her home in 2:08.15, 0.17 inside the consideration time.
Final nominations will be announced on Tuesday 8 June with Stephens – who won European women’s medley gold as a heat swimmer – on course to join Thomas in the 200 fly.
Thomas was second in 2:09.44 with Emily Large rounding out the top three in 2:11.39.
Ed Mildred is one for Paris 2024, the Northampton swimmer having won three gold and two silver medals at the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival.
He won the men’s 200 fly in 1:58.00 ahead of Jay Lelliott (1:58.54) and Jacob Greenow (2:02.69).
Litchfield Takes It To The Max; No Tokyo For Miley
Litchfield built up a lead throughout each leg and was 12 metres ahead going into the freestyle.
The Loughborough NTC swimmer split 57.44/2:02.67/3:14.65/4:12.81 to post a time that promises much given it was unrested.
Charlie Hutchison (4:23.38) and Brodie Williams (4:24.13) rounded out the top three.
Litchfield, the European bronze medallist, was fourth in Rio.
Wood and Miley went stroke-for-stroke on the backstroke with youngster Katie Shanahan – one for Paris 2024 – joining them to move into first.
Wood opened up a healthy lead on the breaststroke and was three body-lengths ahead going into the free to come home in 4:39.96.
Miley was second in 4:44.00 with Shanahan rounding out the top three in 4:45.42.
Injury disrupted Miley’s preparations for the April trials and Tokyo will be the first time since Beijing 2008 that she will not feature in an Olympic final.
The Scot was sixth in 2008, fifth four years later in London and then fourth at Rio 2016, where she was overtaken in the final metres by Maria Belmonte, locked out of the podium by 0.15.
Her focus turns to 2022 and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, where the 31-year-old will seek to add to the three 400IM medals – two of them gold – she has claimed at the last three Games.
Scott Too Hot To Handle
Cameron Kurle had swum a PB of 1:46.62 to book lane four as he looked to make his case to be selected for the 4×200 relay in Tokyo.
Scott and Tom Dean top the world rankings with times of 1:44.47 and 1:44.58 respectively from the British trials – both inside the previous national record.
It was Dean who led at 50 with Kurle ahead at halfway when Scott made his move to turn first at 150.
The University of Stirling swimmer – who shares a flat with Kurle – came home in 1:46.02 ahead of Dean (1:46.46) with James Guy producing the fastest final 50 of 27.17 to take third in 1:46.49.
Lucy Hope was a body-length clear at 100 in the women’s race with Freya Anderson tickling her toes with the Scot pulling away on the third 50.
Come the last length and Anderson ate away into her deficit, closing with each stroke in the final metres but Hope – who left Budapest with four gold relay medals – touched first in 1:58.78.
Anderson (1:59.26) and Emma Russell (2:00.91) were second and third respectively.
Dawson Brings It Back
Kathleen Dawson won the 50 back in 27.64 ahead of Georgia Davies who clocked 28.07.
Dawson returns in the 100 back heats on Saturday evening, the University of Stirling a swimmer who begs the question of what she will do next whenever she gets on the blocks.
Martyn Walton won the men’s race in 25.62.
Dan Jervis ploughed a lone furrow in the men’s 800 free to win in 7:52.60, outside the consideration time.
The Welshman has qualified for Tokyo in the 1500 in which he is a two-time Commonwealth medallist and could possibly be slotted in to the 800, which is making its Olympic debut on the men’s programme in Tokyo.
Emily Clarke won the women’s 16-length event in 8:57.93 ahead of Ella Dyson (8:59.26), the pair the only swimmers inside nine minutes.
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