British swimming world champion Adam Peaty, who is a three time Olympic gold medallist, believes he has nothing to prove in the upcoming swimming world champions Hungary and instead, has all his attention on the next edition of the Olympic Games, set to take place in Paris in 2024.
This year, I’ve got nothing to prove, it’s all about Paris: Adam Peaty
A whopping eight time world champion and world record holder, Adam Peaty earned his maiden Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 100m breaststroke event, followed by bagging two gold medals at the Tokyo Games last year, clinching his second 100m breaststroke gold as well as in the 4×100 m mixed medley.
Ahead of the upcoming Swimming World Championships, which will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 18th June to 3rd July, Peaty won his sixth consecutive British title in Sheffield on Tuesday, clocking the second fastest time of this year- 58.58 seconds, behind his rival Arno Kamminga, who remains the highest of the year at 58.52.
While Peaty’s time last week does not come even in his top 30 personal bests, the 27-year-old is coming off of a five month layover following his double gold stint in Tokyo, which the swimmer himself sees as a “comeback” rather than a “continuation” as well as a confidence booster.
However, while speaking to Reuters in a recent interview, Peaty said its not this year that he believes he has to “prove” something, which includes the world championships, and his aim is at the Paris Olympics. Having defeated his breaststroke title in Tokyo last year, Peaty aims to retain his gold for the third time in the French capital two years from now.
“That’s a real confidence boost for me because this year, it’s more of a comeback than a continuation of what I’m doing,” said Peaty, “I know I can get down to something there (in Budapest) if I apply myself right, but I’ve got nothing to prove now…this is bonus territory now. I’ve won everything there is to be won, as humbly as I can say that.”
“Obviously, you’re going to get a bit of illness, a bit of injury. But I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m happy with my lifestyle, I’m happy with my training. This year, I’ve got nothing to prove, it’s all about Paris.” the Briton added.
- British swimming ace Adam Peaty says he has nothing to prove at the world championships this year and has all his focus on Paris Olympics in 2024
- The three-time Olympic gold medallist recently won his sixth British title