20 at 20: Adam Peaty Cracks 58 Seconds

It’s the race also known as the world record we all watched on Nick Hope’s phone. There was no TV coverage or streaming available for the 2015 World Championship Trials held at the London Aquatic Centre so unless you were there on that momentous Friday night there was no way to watch as Adam Peaty sent shockwaves through breaststroke swimming other than the feed coming from the BBC correspondent’s Periscope channel. Adam descibes that race in his own words.

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20 at 20: Jazz Carlin Mines Double Silver in Rio

After disappointment in 2012 when illness curtailed her Olympic dreams, Jazz Carlin went to Rio with high hopes. She went on, of course, to claim two silver medals in the 400 and 800m freestyle, behind the other-worldy Katie Ledecky. In this podcast she recalls her preparation, dealing with the dominance of Ledecky and the battles she had to be the “best of the rest”.

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20 at 20: Steve Parry, 200 Butterfly, Athens 2004

Look back to a particular balmy night in Athens, and you see Steve Parry lining up in lane 4, the fastest qualifier in the Olympic final of the 200m butterfly. A little over 24 hours earlier he was almost at rock bottom, the 16th qualifier from heats and yet here he was shooting for gold. 16 years on from that final how have his recollections changed, and did he really think he could have beaten Michael Phelps?

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