Adam Peaty says he is ‘devastated’ after being ruled out of next month’s World Aquatics Championships with a broken foot.
The triple Olympic champion suffered the injury – the first of his career – in a gym accident during a training camp in Tenerife.
Peaty will be out of action for six weeks meaning he will not be in Budapest to defend the three world titles he won in 2019.
Adam Peaty has broken his foot and will miss next month’s World Aquatics Championships
The swimmer posted on his Instagram page to reveal the news with a picture of the X-ray
However, the 27-year-old remains hopeful of being fit to compete for Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which begin at the end of July.
‘I’ve fortunately never had to deal with an injury in my swimming career so this is a real blow and a new challenge for me,’ said Peaty.
‘But I am surrounded by a superb team who will support and guide me through this period and get me to where I need to be. I’m already in great hands and starting to recover but, honestly, I’m devastated.
Three-time Olympic champion is hopeful of being fit to compete at the Commonwealth Games
‘I work extremely hard and have dedicated my life to my training so I can be the absolute best I can be in the pool.
‘I was on track for a huge summer so, like when anything doesn’t go according to plan, it’s a really challenging time.
‘I won’t compromise my recovery and I will use this time to reflect on what the sport means to me and what it feels like to watch someone else win a race I should be in. It’s not going to be easy! ‘I’ll never shy away from a challenge but on this one, I’ve got to use my head more than my heart.
‘I will be back in the pool as soon as I can be, with my focus now on recovering and building up my strength ahead of the Commonwealth Games this summer.’