Adam Peaty, Hunter Now Hunted: ‘I’ve Got A Big Price On My Head – It’s Going To Be Fun’

Thumbs up from Adam Peaty by Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse

SwimVortex marks its 2nd anniversary with the start of a series looking ahead to the summer showcase World Championships. Who is shaping up for a knockout in Kazan? Which teams are looking strong? Where will thrill spill, upset sneak in, status be maintained and lost? We start not with a general view but a specific one: the big-impact swim and swimmer of the season so far – Adam Peaty, 57.92

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SwimVortex marks its 2nd anniversary with the start of a series looking ahead to the summer showcase World Championships. Who is shaping up for a knockout in Kazan? Which teams are looking strong? Where will thrill spill, upset sneak in, status be maintained and lost? We start not with a general view but a specific one: the big-impact swim and swimmer of the season so far – Adam Peaty, 57.92

Comments

Danjohnrob

Awesome article! This young man has absolutely the right attitude for success. A lot of swimmers/coaches would benefit from reading this!

DDias

He seems to have the correct mindset of a true Champion.

Steve

I had the pleasure of listening in on this interview – Adam is a very impressive young man indeed

Bad Anon

He’ll be a great inspiration for team GB and hope to see him going from strength to strength

M.T.Bottle

Just an observation: Peaty and Murdoch are in a similar spot to where James Magnussen and James Roberts were 3 years ago heading into London, having the two fastest times in the world (by far), being around the same age, and from the same country. Back then, I think almost everyone expected Mags to win the 100 and for Australia to blow everyone else out of the water in the relay. While I think Peaty is more level-headed and handles pressure better than Magnussen, the race isn’t over until it’s over, and I don’t think we should start celebrating until the clock stops in Kazan.

That being said, I think Peaty has the right mindset, and as he says, regardless of his WR, once he gets to Kazan, he’ll “start again.” Very excited to see what Peaty and Murdoch do in Kazan. Hoping for a 1-2 finish from GBR!

aswimfan

There is an ocean of difference in personality between maggie and Peaty. Peaty seems to have far more stable and grounded personality than Maggie.

Now we also know there were “events” in the days before London to the detriment of Maggie himself.

And yes, if Maggie’s 47.10 was that good that the time should have won London, Barcelona, Kazan, Rio, and Budapest.

Peaty is different. If not for injury or DQ, he should win Kazan.

MP

Superb article! Adam is mesmerising and hopefully will bring is Gold in Kazan. But a word of caution. aswimfan – to say that he only needs to turn up puts huge pressure on him and it is also unfair to all other competitors. Whilst I am sure (and hope) you are right, let’s win first and then celebrate. Most of all, good luck to all GB swimmers. May the hard work be rewarded with excellent swims in Kazan and beyond.

Martin

Absolutely right, MP.

Tho, it has to be said, Ross Murdoch, on his current form is a HELL of an insurance policy. That no 2 in the world 100mbr, in his less favoured event, after a patchy training period was understandably underplayed next to the beamonesque record of Peaty, but it was in it’s own right a stunning swim. If Jamieson can rediscover his mojo, the Rio

GBR breastroke contingent could be genuinely awesome. Can’t remember the last time GBR had a swimmer who just was THAT guy the way Peaty is fast becoming; that absolute banker.

Even Becky A, great, great swimmer though she was did not have that kind of breathless dominance about her.

I don’t think 1-2 is likely, exactly, but it’s certainly possible.

john26

One quick note: in 2014, Peaty swam faster in semi’s versus finals. On one particular occasion- the 100breast at Europeans, the difference was about 0.3 seconds. This could be his downfall- as has befallen many breaststroke championship candidates in the past.

This difference could come into play in the 50breast.

Craig Lord

John26 🙂 at 57.9, I think he might have a .3sec margin of grace … but he might not need that …

He only did faster semi than final at Euros, where he used the semis for the clock: 58.68…
in the final he went for the win … 58.94 … he’s hardly made a habit of it…

In the 5 other fastest semis to finals in his career, he has swum the final faster than the semi, including for Commonwealth gold ahead of the Olympic champion: 58.94 final… 59.16 semis

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