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Adam PEATY
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Born28 Dec 1994 in Uttoxeter, ENG
Height1.91 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Eiri, son George-Anderson [2020]
Residence
Loughborough, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science - Derby College: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four, but did not take it seriously until age 15. He first trained at Dove Valley ASC in Uttoxeter, England. "I didn't even start taking swimming seriously till I was 15 and six years later I was Olympic gold medallist."
Why this sport?
His mother signed him up for swimming lessons.
Club / Team
National Centre Loughborough: England
Name of coach
Melanie Marshall, GBR, from 2009
General Interest
Hobbies
Food, cars, design, playing video games. (adampeaty.co.uk, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals and two silver medals at the Olympic Games. (theguardian.com, 01 Jan 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jan 2022)
Hero / Idol
British swimmers Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis. (derbytelegraph.co.uk, 12 Apr 2014)
Injuries
In May 2022 he fractured a bone in his foot while training in the gym. The injury ruled him out of the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (bbc.co.uk, 11 May 2022; Instagram profile, 11 May 2022)

He was affected by a stretched biceps tendon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (shropshirestar.com, 25 Jul 2018; telegraph.co.uk, 09 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm a massive believer that all areas of your life need to be equal for you to perform at your best. Lifestyle, family and friendships. If one is out then you are not going to be at that level." (bbc.co.uk, 26 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [OBE] in the 2022 New Year Honours list. (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2021)

He was named Male Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN] for 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021. (len.eu, 31 Jan 2022; bbc.co.uk, 09 Jan 2020; swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

He was named British Swimming's Athlete of the Year [awarded to best athlete across all aquatic disciplines] in 2016 and 2017. He was also named British Swimming's Swimmer of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. (swimming.org, 10 Nov 2019; swimswam.com, 09 Nov 2019)

He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in 2017. (swimswam.com, 31 Dec 2016)

In 2016 he was presented with the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Best Olympic Swimming Performance of the Year after winning gold with a world record time in the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bbc.co.uk, 05 Dec 2016)
Milestones
He became the first swimmer representing Great Britain to successfully defend an Olympic title after he won gold in the 100m breaststroke at both the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jan 2022; olympics.com, 30 Dec 2021)

He became the first British swimmer to win three gold medals at a single world championships, claiming gold in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley relay at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018; bbc.com, 25 Jul 2017; theguardian.com, 06 Aug 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. (olympics.com, 30 Dec 2021)
Other information
STRICTLY COME DANCING
In 2021 he appeared on British television show 'Strictly Come Dancing' and reached the seventh week of the competition before being eliminated. "I didn't know how much it meant to me until I got a bit emotional after my dance-off, however, I don't think it was the dancing that pushed me over the edge, but the two years of the constant challenge with myself combined with the energy to win the Olympics and becoming a father at the same time. My emotions are one of my strongest attributes and I'm not ashamed to show that I'm human." (swimswam.com, 07 Nov 2021, 26 Sep 2021)

FATHERHOOD
In September 2020 he became a father to son George-Anderson. "It was the greatest moment of my life when I saw him come out. I live and breathe performance except when I'm with my family. It's almost like you have two personalities. You have your performance mindset and your home mindset. 90% of the time it's a performance mindset and it's obsessive. An addiction to that goal of becoming faster and better which is unhealthy sometimes, but a lot of the time it does get the job done. Sometimes I have to ask Eiri [his partner] to go and stay with her parents because I need this part of my life to be extremely focused. The motivation with a child, it's like nothing else, it's unreal." (skysports.com, 21 Oct 2020; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 14 Apr 2021; staffordshire-live.co.uk, 30 Apr 2021)

MENTAL HEALTH
He has spoken about experiencing mental health issues in 2018 and 2019, particularly after the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, where he finished second in the 50m breaststroke. "The Commonwealth Games was a tough time because I took a loss in the 50m and I am the fastest man on the planet, so why was I losing? That doubt creeped up. I was being moody and pushing people away. I wasn't myself, I wasn't positive and didn't have the right state of mind. I love fast cars and going out with my mates and then I began thinking, 'What's the point?' There was no joy in things any more, which was a warning for me. Alcohol can have a depressing effect and took me to a low place, but I began fixing things one step at a time. I've been to a lot of bad places and very negative places, but all I had to do was keep my eyes on the end of that tunnel. I know a lot of people have struggled with mental health during [the COVID-19] lockdown, but what has helped me is making sure I talk with friends [and] going out in the countryside for walks." (bbc.co.uk, 30 Jun 2020; dailymail.co.uk, 15 May 2020; shropshirestar.com, 16 Apr 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2019 he founded Adam Peaty Race Clinics, which offers training sessions for young swimmers at various locations in Great Britain. "The basic headline of sport is to inspire as many people as possible. We're teaching them how to use their mental skills, the mental skills that helped me win the worlds and the Olympics. If I'm training my body to go to gold why am I not training my mind?" He has undertaken charity work for the Perfect Day Foundation, and travelled to Zambia at age 17 to support the organisation's work with underprivileged children. He returned to Zambia in 2017 to see how the charity had succeeded in its aims. "This is who I am, I love to give back. When I was first here [Zambia], aged 17, it was a massive learning curve. It was great to get a perspective of the real world and how the real world is. That is especially important when you start winning medals and breaking world records, it can get out of your head a bit. Yes, you do like fast cars and nice clothes, but it is a fine balance. That is equilibrium at the end of the day." (timesandstar.co.uk, 19 Aug 2019; apraceclinics.com, 20 Aug 2019; bbc.co.uk, 28 Aug 2017)

WATER FEAR
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 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 57.37
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:37.58
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:27.51
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Breaststroke 57.13
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Breaststroke 26.06
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 57.14
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.10
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.68
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 57.47
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 25.99
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.95
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.56
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:13.24
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 58.52
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 26.51
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.71
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:07.56
2 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 56.35
2 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 25.87
5 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:32.30
5 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:22.78
2 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.46
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 26.21
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 57.66
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.59
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.82
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 57.10
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 26.09
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.18
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.44
1 2016 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 58.36
1 2016 London, ENG 50m Breaststroke 26.66
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.15
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.56
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:12.40
1 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 27.00
1 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 58.96
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.02
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.73
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 25.70
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 55.94
13 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:07.34 
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Breaststroke 26.21
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Breaststroke 56.96
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Breaststroke 2:07.83
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Breaststroke 58.54
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Breaststroke 26.99
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:10.71
4 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay