ADAM Peaty’s Commonwealth Games build-up continued to progress nicely as he swam to victory in the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the British International Meeting in Manchester this week.
The Uttoxeter star followed up breaking the British records for the events in France and Spain only a week ago by claiming gold with a time of 27.46 seconds in the 50m event, and then winning again yesterday with 1:00.28 in the 100m final.
Although his times were not close to his record-breaking results, he beat great rival Ross Murdoch into second place by almost 0.5secs – a considerable margin in the shortest of the breaststroke events.
He said: “I’ve been training a lot in all events and am really pleased with the result.
“I expected to go quicker after my heat but it’s still a very fast time so I’m happy.”
Meanwhile, Peaty has admitted he could not believe his eyes after breaking two British records in Canet and Barcelona last week.
The 100m performance gave him the most satisfaction of the two and he is now hoping he can go even faster competing for England in Glasgow at the end of next month.
He said: “I was astonished. When I saw the scoreboard, I was more shocked than most people. I couldn’t believe it.
“When I looked at the scoreboard, there were a lot of swear words involved. I think when you go that fast it’s such a shock.
“The 100 gave me most satisfaction, mainly because it is an Olympic event and it is more relevant to Glasgow because that’s going to be the main one to fight for.
“But I was still really happy with the 50m and I didn’t think I’d be able to replicate that in the 100m in Barcelona.”
The City of Derby 19-year-old has made extraordinary progress in the last year and is now ranked second in the Commonwealth behind Australian Christian Sprenger in the 100m.