ADAM Peaty is not putting himself under any pressure ahead of this month’s Commonwealth Games.
The Uttoxeter swimmer is in fine form ahead of the games in Glasgow, having claimed two gold medals at the British International Open last week on the back of his record-breaking performances in Spain and France the week before.
But the youngster (pictured, left) maintained: “I’m not ranked first so nobody is expecting anything.
“Breaststroke is a very strong field at the moment, but I won’t carry any pressure on my shoulders.”
“That is the best way to be before an event, having no expectations.”
He will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events, and said: “A medal is a prospect.
“I think I can do well in the 50m and the 100, and possibly sneak in the 200 as well but I won’t be carrying any pressure into the games.
“I will just relax, have fun and keep my focus.”
He admits that his build-up to the games has been good, but wants to improve his times still further.
“I’ve had a really good winter and I’m starting to reap the rewards now.
“It is just getting better and better.
“Now, hopefully, I can take that form to the Commonwealths.
“I hope by then I can push on a bit more, work on my skills and get those few extra fractions of a second that I need.
Peaty will face top-class opposition at the Tollcross Pool, and is already looking ahead to the possibility of competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I don’t see any reason why I can’t be in the mix – the long-term aim is still 2016 and the Olympics,” he said.