Peat grows mustaches, but far beats beards


Tokyo — World record holder and defending champion Adam Peaty shaved his beard, but as usual he won far beyond his beard when he reached the Tokyo Olympics 100m breaststroke final in the fastest time on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Briton comfortably won the morning semifinals in 57.63 seconds. It’s slower than 57.56 in the Saturday evening heat, but more than a second faster than Yanji Bay in China.

American Michael Andrew was third in the heat, 1.36 off Petty’s time.

Dutch rival Arno Kamminga won the other semi-finals at 58.19. This is also slower than Saturday’s 57.80 and only 0.09 faster than Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi. Britain’s James Wilby was third in the heat, with a pace of 0.81 off.

“Medal won’t win in the heat, not in the semi,” Petty said. He said he was still preparing something for the final on Monday.

“The Olympics are always about racing. It’s not about time. I think I’m the best racer in the world, so I’m looking forward to it.

“I wanted to be a little earlier this morning, but you know, it’s morning so I don’t know what to get.”

Petty bowed when she appeared by the pool despite the small crowd, who said she shaved because she had “lots of bad comments” about her upper lip.

“It’s clearly very different from the global view,” he said.

“Everyone is very welcoming and very happy when you are actually here. These are the Olympics, the biggest shows on the planet, and obviously we want to show mutual respect. I am. “