Swim star Adam Peaty vows to use shock defeat to fuel his bid for glory at the Paris Olympics  

‘I’m still angry. I will be thinking about it for the next two years’: Adam Peaty admits he’s FUMING over shock 100m defeat despite claiming 50m gold… and swim star vows to use it to fuel him to glory at the Paris Olympics

Adam Peaty is sitting upstairs in the Library of Birmingham, as good a place as any to have a quiet moment to reflect.

It has been, as he puts it, an ’emotional week’ – from the agony of losing his first meaningful 100metres breaststroke race in eight years, to the ecstasy of completing his major medal set with victory in the 50m, and a whole lot of talk in between.

Peaty, 27, is now heading for a much-needed month out of the water and out of the spotlight. But before he does, he is back in Birmingham to look back on his Games. And for all his highs and lows, he says there is one main moment he will take home with him. Not his gold medal but memories of that time he finished fourth.

Adam Peaty endured an emotional rollercoaster at the Commonwealth Games this week

‘I still get angry thinking about it,’ says Peaty about his shock loss on Sunday. ‘I will be thinking about it for the next two years, easily. Because what other jet fuel do I have?

‘The strategy now is to use that loss to drive me into a new territory. I said the other day that the spark has been reignited and I can always tell because I’m a bit angry, but that’s how I need to be.

‘You need a check-in moment. That defeat hit me really hard. The 50m is the 50m and I came back and did that. But at the same time, I’m not happy with losing.’

There were mitigating circumstances for that defeat, of course. Peaty broke his foot in May and could easily have sat out these Games. But as the triple Olympic champion says: ‘A defeat is a defeat. It doesn’t matter if broke a hand or a foot, I still turned up.’

The 27-year-old celebrates wildly after winning the 50m breaststroke final on Tuesday night

The 27-year-old celebrates wildly after winning the 50m breaststroke final on Tuesday night

Indeed, losing hit him so hard he even briefly considered hanging up his goggles. ‘A lot of athletes consider walking away from it, especially in the low moments,’ says Peaty. ‘Because you are like, ‘What am I actually getting out of the sport? Are there more important things in my life now? Do I want to transition into a normal job or do something else?’.’

Thankfully, those thoughts have been put to bed. After a four-week break, it is full speed to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. And unlike last year when he took time out to compete in Strictly Come Dancing, this winter there will be no showbiz distractions.

‘Absolutely not, it’s business time now,’ says Peaty at an appearance for sponsors Speedo. ‘I just need to reduce the noise and that’s solely focusing on training. The training has to be the priority because I have missed two winters.’

Peaty was stunned by losing his first meaningful 100m breaststroke race in eight years

Peaty was stunned by losing his first meaningful 100m breaststroke race in eight years 

Whether Paris will be his last tango remains to be seen. He has previously spoken of wanting to bow out at Los Angeles 2028 but after his chaotic Commonwealths, nothing is certain any more.

‘So much has changed in the last two years that I can’t predict what will happen in the next two,’ he adds. ‘I’d like to end in a very good and solid position, but there are so many variables.

‘I’m not going to call it anywhere near now. I’m just going to do what I need to do in Paris and then see what happens next.’

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