Adam Peaty cryptically reveals that defending his gold in the 100m breaststroke has ‘closed a chapter’ as the world record holder says he did feel the pressure before storming to victory in Tokyo
Adam Peaty says he felt the pressure of the nation on his shoulders before he roared to victory at the Tokyo pool to retain his title in the 100m breaststroke.
Peaty, 26, was the favorite to repeat in the event he won in Rio five years ago, but his heats were not his best and expectations were mounting.
But after taking a stunning dive to win gold, an emotional Peaty said the win “closed a chapter” after settling what he believed to be “unfinished business.”
“I haven’t felt this good since 2016. It just means the world to me,” he told the BBC.
Adam Peaty retained the gold in the 100m breaststroke he won in Rio with a dazzling spectacle in Tokyo
Peaty revealed that he felt the pressure to deal with his ‘unfinished business’
“I thought I had the best preparation in my life, but then you throw the morning finals and you throw all that out the window.
“That’s really necessary to be an athlete. It’s not who’s the best all year round, it’s the best person of the day who adapts the most and really wants more.
“I felt a little bit of pressure in the semi-finals, but that was good pressure – I had to go my fastest. You can do whatever you want in your own group, in your own country, in your own race.
‘This closes a chapter for me. There were unfinished business and I want to thank the nation for standing behind me for the past five years.
“Thank you to my family, my beautiful partner, my beautiful son and my family back home. They have been involved every step of the way.
“This win wasn’t mine – it was a great swim team, my family, my friends. And I had to put those people on the sidelines for a while, so I knew it would absolutely take all the energy to get to this point and I’m happy about that. I’m just so relieved.’
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