GOLD COAST – Olympic champion Adam Peaty flexed his muscles in the Commonwealth Games 100 metres breaststroke on Friday as the title-holder clocked the best time of the morning heats.
South Africa's Chad le Clos continued his bid to rewrite Games history, meanwhile, as he went out hard in the 200m freestyle heats before he lines up in the evening's 50m butterfly final.
Peaty, leading England's challenge against home nation Australia's dazzling swimming cast, is unbeaten in the 100m breaststroke since storming to gold in Glasgow four years ago, and touched in 59.14 seconds in the Gold Coast sunshine.
Aussie Matt Wilson finished a distant second in 1:00.29 but realistically Peaty's rivals will be contesting silver, such is the gulf in class between them and the 23-year-old world record-holder.
"It was slower than expected but that's sport – you never know what you're going to get," said Peaty. "A true margin of what I'm capable of will come tonight, and hopefully tomorrow night."