Global swimming superstar Adam gathers in more gold and silver in Hungary
IF Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty continues at his increasing rate of knots in the pool, who’s to say they won’t be erecting a statute in his honour in his home town of Uttoxeter sometime soon.
The 22-year-old’s personal ‘double-double’ at the World Aquatic Championships, in Hungary, was sensational to say the least.
Peaty also broke yet more world records in retaining his 50m and 100m breaststroke titles in adding more gold medals to his bursting trophy cabinet back home.
There was one more medal to come for Peaty at the very end of a very busy week – a silver from the 4x100m men’s medley relay, which saw Team GB finish second to world champions USA, with Peaty clocking yet another fast time, 56.09 secs, on his 100m breaststroke leg.
The former Cheadle Painsley Catholic School student, who was introduced to competitive swimming by his home town club, Dove Valley, touched home in a world record time of 57.13 to win the 100m final at the Duna Arena in Budapest, and then followed up with two more new world records – 26.10 and then 25.95 – on his way to regaining his 50m title in a min-second ‘slower’ 25.99.
He now holds eight of the 10 fastest times in the history of the 50m breaststroke and 11 fastest swims in 100m breaststroke history.
“The 25.99secs makes it official that I’m a 25-point second swimmer now, so that’s good,” said Peaty.
“We’re starting to look at very fast times now for 50 breaststroke and I’m pretty sure I took an extra stroke I shouldn’t have taken that slowed me down.”
Peaty’s new goal is what he calls ‘Project 56’, clocking under 57 seconds for 50m for the first time and then onto another Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in 2020.
Only the day before he began his double world record breaking swim over 50m Peaty had clocked a championship best of 57.57secs to retain his 100m breaststroke title.
Peaty’s mum Caroline, who was poolside in the 12,000 crowd with his grandmother, Mavis, cheering him on, said: “Sometimes it’s hard to believe but he is now one of the swimming stars. He is now one of them. I really feel it.”
Caroline can take much credit for her son Adam’s success almost in equal measures as his outstanding coach Melanie Marshall, the former Olympic swimmer.
It was Caroline who drove Adam to Derby Baths from their Uttoxeter at the crack of dawn on a daily basis for his early morning training sessions, before he became old enough to drive himself.
Peaty sees Marshall – a past ranked world No1 in freestyle – as his best friend and mentor.
Instead of regular dips at the Derby baths Peaty now has regular 5am morning sessions in the pool at the National Centre in Loughborough.
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