London Roar secure back to back match wins, as Adam Peaty marks his International Swimming League debut in Budapest with individual victories in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
Having triumphed in Dallas just over a week ago, London Roar were without Holly Hibbott (who’s win in the Women’s 400m Freestyle was the first ISL victory scored by a British athlete), but bolstered by new faces for Budapest in Adam Peaty and James Guy, as they secured a second consecutive match win.
Olympic and World Champion Adam Peaty was returning to competition for the first time since his triple gold in Gwangju and showed form over the same three events in the short course format, recording victory in the Men’s 50m and 100m Breaststroke and the 4x100m Medley Relay, whilst additionally showing willingness to compete for the team where needed by taking third in his less favoured 200m Breaststroke event.
Speaking of his debut appearance in the competition Peaty said:
“It’s been brilliant, absolutely amazing. I’ve never ever felt an energy like this, and I think it really helps bringing all the different cultures, all the different team members around the world together. I love the team, I live for the team.”
James Guy and Sarah Vasey furthered the cause for London Roar’s victory, contributing to top three finishes in the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay and Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay respectively, as the club finished eighty points clear of their nearest rival.
Commonwealth gold medallist Alys Thomas was additionally in action for the New York Breakers, with a positive third place finish in the 200m Butterfly in Budapest her best across the two meets.
Following four back to back matches throughout October, the ISL series now takes a short break before the USA club match on 16-17 November in Maryland, and the European club match on 23-24 November in London.
Final Club Standings, Dallas (19-20 October):
- London Roar, 484.5
- LA Current, 457.0
- Iron, 402.0
- NY Breakers, 278.5
Final Club Standings, Budapest (26-27 October):
- London Roar, 505.0
- Iron, 425.0
- LA Current, 408.0
- NY Breakers, 292.5