Adam Peaty: ‘He’s a warrior, a gladiator’
Here at DFS we are so proud to be sponsoring Adam – he doesn’t just break world records, he smashes them! His fear of water is nowhere to be seen as his first Olympic appearance is one to go down in history. Adam is the first British man to win Olympic swimming gold since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988.
Last year he beat the World Breaststroke Record by a massive 0.54 seconds, the biggest margin for 42 years. Since then he has been knocking out the fast times and now has six of the ten quickest times in history. He began the Games as the world record holder with a time of 57.92 and has lowered it by 0.79, having also set a mark of 57.55 in his opening heat.
‘The pool is his arena,’ says his trainer Mel Marshall. ‘He comes alive in the competitive arena. He’s a warrior, he’s a gladiator. The bigger the arena, the bigger the fight, the stronger he stands.’ Mel knows what she is talking about, having won six medals herself at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Now she guides his training at the team’s Derby base.
We aren't the only ones that our proud of Adam - his family keep him on track and pushing him through the toughest times. His number one fan Nan Mavis loves to wash his Team GB kit and we know she cannot wait to watch him bring home the GOLD and congratulate him! #OlympicNan
We joined Adam for a day and you can see how he trains, and the family that’s backing him all the way, here:
Five facts about Adam:
- Adam has been nominated twice as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
- When swimming 50m breaststroke, Adam glides for 40% of the time.
- If he weren’t a swimmer, Adam says that he would join the Navy or Army.
- When training he gets up at 4.00am, swims from 5.00-7.00am and then visits the gym until 8.30am with further fitness sessions later in the day.
- Adam was the first male swimmer to win three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships.
And a new one to add to the list:
- Wins the first gold medal for Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympics and smashed his own world records out of the water! (pun intended)
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