Adam Peaty eyes Olympics after completing ‘quadruple-quadruple’ at the European Championships

The Uttoxeter-born swimmer is in fantastic form going into the Olympics in July


Photo Credit: Fernando Frazão

Staffordshire Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty has achieved an unbelievable European Aquatics Championships ‘quadruple-quadruple’ after success in Budapest, Hungary at the weekend.

The 26-year-old swam to gold in all four of his events: the 50-metre and 100-metre breaststroke, the mixed 4×100-metre relay and the men’s 4×100-metre medley relay.

It means he has won all four events at the last four European Championships.

His previous victories came at Berlin 2014, London 2016 and Glasgow 2018.

The astonishing feat takes him second in the all-time individual men’s medals table for the swimming tournament.

Peaty is just five gold medals away from the great Alexander Popov of Russia.

Popov was three years older (29) than Peaty by the time he won his 16th gold medal of the bi-annual event.

After the men’s 4×100-metre medley relay, Peaty said: “We’re in a great place as a team and can’t wait to see what develops over the next few months into the Olympics!”

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Speaking to about the race, he added: “It’s some great swimming.

“I’ve never really been this fast in relays, never mind doing it without a proper taper or rest – it’s looking very strong.

“We couldn’t have done that without the guys swimming the heats this morning, so it’s a great team effort all round.”


Peaty feeling positive going into the Olympics

Peaty shot to fame when he won gold in the 100m breaststroke at Rio 2016 / Photo credit: Fernando Frazão

His attentions now focus on defending his 100-metre breaststroke Olympic title at the delayed Tokyo Games in July.

He will also look to go one better than the silver medal he picked up in the men’s 4×100-metre medley relay at Rio 2016.

“Going into the Olympics I couldn’t really be in a better position, knowing the work we have put in,” Peaty told Swim Swam.

“I’m finding a happiness in my stroke. Being on top for seven years now, you’ve got to find that motivation every single year.

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“This has been one of the hardest ones because, especially with Covid and no-one in the stands, there’s a lot of challenges.

“But I’ve found my way through it so far and I’m hopefully going to get stronger going into the Olympics.”

The Olympic Games are due to start on July 23 and end on August 8.

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