3 Aug 2016
Peaty hoping for Olympic perfection in Rio
Adam Peaty is a name that has sky rocketed to the top of both British swimming and British sport over the last two years. With three world records and three world titles to his name, the 21 year old heads to Rio as favourite for the 100m breastroke title, something that would be the crowning glory to his meteoric rise.
Peaty is very focused for a man of his age, perhaps no surprise given his success to date. But despite holding the 100m breakstroke world record, the event he’ll contest in Rio, he still wants more.
“I want to produce the best performance I ever have in Rio. I’ve always been looking to peak in Rio, so I’d be very happy to look round and say ‘that’s been my best performance ever’ should I do it. Medals aside, it’s all about how you’re going to swim the race and what processes you’re going to go through – I’ve been practising them every day and hopefully they’re going to pay off.”
Training at Loughborough University under the guidance of coach Mel Marshall, Peaty has everything he could wish for, and his perfect setup is clearly paying off.
“I’ve been training at Loughborough University since I was a young lad and every year it has brought something new to the table to help me progress. This year I’ve added Powerbase [gym] to my programme, which is a stepping stone to better times. You can’t really get a 50m pool with a world class gym anywhere else in the country, so I’ve got everything I need here and it’s been vital to my up and coming. Hopefully over the next few years it’ll be even more vital.”
It’s the environment, not just the facilities, that Peaty believes is the key to Loughborough’s success though, with the university boasting an unrivalled Olympic history.
“I think it has a knock on effect if you’re around world class athletes, whether it be track and field athletes or swimmers, so it’s a great centre of collective sport for Team GB.”
Coached by Loughborough University alumna Mel Marshall, one of the few females in an elite coaching world still dominated by males, the man from Derbyshire has flourished.
“She’s a very unique coach who’s got a lot of charisma!” laughs Peaty.
“Having said that she’s very professional when it’s needed. She’s been there and done it, with six Commonwealth medals to her name, and she’s been to two Olympic Games’. To have that experience and someone who can help me relax by my side, that’s going to really help.”
Given his success over the last two years, Marshall didn’t deny that a place on the top step of the podium was the end goal in Rio.
“You can’t hide from what the end goal is! He’s had a very good year and so he’s just got to go and give it some - It’s as simple as that really. He might come out with what we want, or he might come out with what we we’re dreading, but we’re just giving it everything right to the wire.”
Only time will tell whether Peaty can produce perfection on the biggest stage of them all…