World Aquatics Championships: Adam Peaty 'enjoys pain' of training

Written by on July 31, 2019

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            </figure><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">British swimmer Adam Peaty says he "enjoys the pain" of training after a record-breaking World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju.</p>

Peaty, 24, defended his 50m and 100m breaststroke titles, including lowering his own world record in the latter, won the men’s 4x100m medley relay and claimed bronze in the mixed event.

“I enjoy working hard and I’m addicted to the pain,” Peaty told BBC Breakfast.

“Hard work is hard grained in me. The more pain, the better I feel.”

He added: “It sounds very strange but I love training and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“It’s about finding that edge on the next person and for me that’s my peace in myself.”

Peaty became the first man to swim 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds in the semi-finals in China, registering a time of 56.88.

“As soon as I finished at the Rio Olympics, where I was 57 seconds and no-one else even got close to 58, it was about how do you shift the margins further and I’ve worked really, really hard for the last three years for 0.2 seconds – which is insane. No normal person does that,” he said.

Peaty said success comes with its downfalls, adding that “when you’re in that competition, yes you get those massive highs but you also get the massive lows”.

A tweet following his relay success last week revealed he has “struggled and triumphed, gone through depression and come out the other side”.

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