GWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) – Losing is not something Adam Peaty does, or thinks about, very often but even if the Olympic breaststroke champion comes up short at the world swimming championships in South Korea it is unlikely to dent his confidence one little bit.
Unbeaten in the 100 meters at major championships over the last five years, and with the 14 fastest times ever swam in the event, there will be few stronger favorites than the 24-year-old Briton in Gwangju.
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Peaty, who also holds the world record in the 50 but suffered his first defeat in four years in the event at last year’s Commonwealth Games, says every race makes him stronger — win or lose.
“I think a lot of athletes fear failure,” he said in a conference call ahead of the championships. “But I’ve failed before, I’ve got beat in the 50 before. I’m not immune to losing, no athlete is immune to losing.”
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After winning both the 50 and 100 at the last two world championships, it would be safe to say Peaty has a target on his back but he feels no added burden in being the one to beat.
“The greatest athletes lose and sometimes they come back even stronger so … if I don’t get the best out of me for whatever reason, it’ll just annoy me and make me work 10 times harder.
Pressure - Kind - Status
“I don’t really get caught up with the pressure, I don’t get caught up with this kind of status that I’ve got to uphold.”
While winning has become second nature to Peaty he still trains like he is chasing someone, pushing himself that bit harder to catch a faster, imagined, rival.
Second - Key
“When I’m training I like to train like I’m in second. So when you’re in second obviously you doubt yourself and that’s almost like a key...
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