Peaty qualifies for Paris with statement title

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Peaty has won two individual Olympic golds plus one in the mixed 4x100m medley relay

Adam Peaty laid down a marker as he qualified for the Paris Olympics by winning the 100m breaststroke title at the Aquatics GB Swimming Championships in London.

Peaty, 29, won in 57.94 seconds - the fastest time in the world this year.

It was also Peaty's quickest time since he won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

The two-time reigning Olympic champion is continuing his comeback after taking time out to deal with depression and alcohol problems.

World-record holder Peaty was unbeaten over 100m for eight years from 2014, but he has experienced more difficult times since winning gold in Tokyo in 2021.

He finished fourth in the 2022 Commonwealth Games after breaking his foot and stepped away from the sport for much of 2023 to prioritise his mental health.

And on his return to major championships in February he had to settle for world bronze.

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