Commonwealth Games: Adam Peaty ‘Heartbroken’ After Finishing Fourth In 100 Breaststroke; Returns For 50 Breast Heats

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Adam Peaty ‘Heartbroken’ After Finishing Fourth In 100 Breaststroke; Returns For 50 Breast Heats

Adam Peaty is “heartbroken” after finishing fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The three-time Olympic champion was beaten in the 100 breast for the first time since the British Championships in 2014 when he finished behind Ross Murdoch.

On Sunday night at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Peaty finished outside the medals as fellow Englisman James Wilby took the title. Peaty is coming off recovery from a broken foot he sustained earlier this year during dryland training.

Now Peaty says he “followed emotion not process” but hopes that it will be ” a great thing for young swimmers to see that sometimes things don’t go to plan and you don’t get the result you’ ve been working for.”

The 27-year-old then turned his attention to the 50 breaststroke heats on Monday morning as he seeks the only medal that has eluded him. Peaty won the silver medal in the 50 breast at the past two editions of the Commonwealth Games, beaten both times by South African Cameron van der Burgh. In his prelims swim of the 50 breast, Peaty clocked a time of 27.10, which tied the Englishman with South Africa’s Michael Houlie for the top spot.

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Good morning,
I wanted to reach out to every single one of my AP Race Club community, as the support for the Commonwealth Games has been incredible. As I am sure you can imagine, I am heartbroken with last night’s result and I’m sorry to everyone who was hoping to see me on top of the podium. It wasn’t to be and that is what makes sport so magical. That said, Team England did stand on top of the podium and a huge congratulations to James Wilby for delivering a winning performance in the final.
I think it’s a great thing for young swimmers to see that sometimes things don’t go to plan and in front of friends and family sometimes you don’t get the result you’ve been working so hard for. Last night, I followed emotion not process and it didn’t deliver the result I wanted. That is sport and that is the journey we are all on. I have to be realistic about where I am at and 10 weeks ago, I broke my foot and 4 weeks ago, the cast supporting my foot came off, so I cannot expect to be in prime racing condition.
Having said this it is not the end of the competition. I still have more races to come so at around 10.50am this morning I’ll be starting my campaign to win the one medal that has eluded me for the previous eight years of my career – the 50m Breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games. I have two silvers to my name in the event and this time I am looking to go one better. The support from the crowd and online as I said has been incredible and please keep it going. Team England is not done yet!
Thank you again for all of the support, I can’t thank you enough!
Best wishes,
Adam Peaty OBE
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