Adam Peaty: ‘Always Wanted That World Record – It’s Nowhere Near My Best Though’

Adam Peaty - by Ian MacNicol
Adam Peaty - by Ian MacNicol

British Championships and Olympic trials ended last Sunday and a team of 26 has been declared. As Peaty left Glasgow on a mission – to polish his red MG sports care – he stopped for a moment to talk about the seven years of preparation, the defining moment when he knew he wanted Olympic success, the lightness of pressure and progress to come – some gems in the mix on this SwimVortex’s third birthday. “I want to look back on my career in, say, eight years’ time and say I had a good run, say I set a target that most people can’t even think of doing. That’s where my motivation comes from every day. I always wanted that world record and thankfully I have it now. It’s nowhere near my best though. Nowhere near.” – Adam Peaty

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Bad Anon

That Olympic gold medal will be hanging over Peaty’s lane in Rio. Archival Cameron VdB wasn’t that sharp at SA trials but think he’ll be very competitive in Rio. insofar as a WR at the Olympics; the effect of night finals; nerves etc will all come to play but you’d have to favour Peaty to have his hands on the wall first in that 100breast final; time prediction 58.23

aswimfan

Peaty has proven he can deliver when it counts, even when the race is very tight, just like in last year’s Kazan final.
Of course Olympics is a different beast, but he has a pretty nice cushion over his competitors.
Time prediction: 58.00 to crush Olympics record.

Michael Mahoney

I don’t think people realize just how amazing that 57.92 was. No men’s 100 breast WR had been cut by 0.54 seconds or more at one go since John Hencken went 1:04.35 in Belgrade 1973 to break Nobutaka Taguchi’s old 1:04.94 from the 72 Munich Olympics. To find a bigger drop in percentage terms (Peaty’s was 0.92%) you’d have to go back even further, to Chet Jastremski lowering his record from 1:09.5 to 1:07.8 in 1961. In this day and age, when world records are being broken less often and with ever smaller margins, Peaty’s performance really stands out.

Felix Sanchez

He has, by and large, proven he can deliver when it counts, but does have the habit of not putting in his fastest times in finals. The cushion over his rivals has been needed, and so if there is a WR the semi is more likely. Still, probably the strongest gold favourite on the men’s side.

Craig Lord

On clock and paper, with M Manaudou and Mr McEvoy, Felix, looking at their own ‘Mind The Gap’ cushions

aswimfan

Yup, percentage-wise, McEvoy has more cushion.

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