Adam Peaty looking to do impossible in GC2018 pool
He is the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder in the men’s 50 and 100m breaststroke, but England’s Adam Peaty will not rest until he breaks the magical 57 second barrier.
Peaty was the first man to go under 58 seconds for the men’s 100m breaststroke, but he wants to go a step further and crack 57 seconds.
The clock might just be his biggest rival.
“I’d like to get as close as possible to my world records in the 100 and the 50 at the Commonwealth Games,” Peaty told GC2018.com.
“The 56 second 100 metres is always on my mind and drives me a lot every single day.
“I set targets with my coach Mel Marshall. I try to find new ways to motivate myself. I want to leave a legacy in the sport and that motivates me also.”
Peaty’s rapid rise to prominence started at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where he claimed gold in the 100m breaststroke, a year later he was the world champion and the following year he was an Olympic champion.
“The Commonwealth Games are very special,” he said.
“The Glasgow Commonwealth Games kicked it all off for me and to be back now for my second Commonwealth Games representing England means a lot.
“Yes, [feels like I’ve come full circle] very much so. I’m now close to halfway through this Olympic cycle also, so it’s a big event for me.”
Peaty has a history of performing on the big stage.
At the Rio 2016 Olympics, he broke the world record in the semifinals, before breaking it again in the final to claim the gold medal.
It was total domination.
“I believe it’s harder to get to the top,” he said.
“For me, it’s more mental than physical. If I still believe I can improve then in a way I’m not at the top yet anyway.
“[My favourite memory] is my gold medal swim at the Rio Olympics without a doubt. To break the world record again in the final and win the Olympic gold was very special.”
Peaty will lead the charge for England as they look to reunite their rivalry with Australia in particular. He will be looking to win three individual medals (50, 100 and 200m breaststroke) and is also looking to help his country in the mixed relay.
“We have a strong team,” he said.
“With a young backstroker up against Australia’s Mitch Larkin who’s a world champion so it’s going to be close!
“I know the Australian swimming crowd will be very knowledgeable about swimming and will obviously support their own, but I’m sure there’ll be good support for all the swimmers.”
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