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Adam Peaty targets Commonwealth Games after Flanders Cup medal-haul

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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UTTOXETER swimmer Adam Peaty has his sights firmly set on a place at this summer’s Commonwealth Games after extending a fantastic 2013 into the new year with three medals in Belgium.

The 19-year-old, who excels in the breaststroke, recently returned from Antwerp, where he took part in the Flanders Cup as preparation for the Commonwealth trials in April.

In his first competitive action since a strong, but ultimately winless appearance at the European Short Course Championships in Denmark late last year, the City of Derby swimmer claimed a gold and two bronze medals in the three events he is making his own.

Peaty timed in at 27.70 in the 50-metre breaststroke, 1:00.73 in the 100-metre event, and 2:15.00 in the 200m.

Mother Caroline said: “Adam was racing with really experienced swimmers so he gained a great deal from this competition.

“Training is going well but is hard, he is putting in over 25 hours of training in the pool and the gym per week – this is in addition to any competition.

“He won’t be rested until a couple of weeks before the trials.”

Next week, Peaty will attend a medley camp as part of the World Class Podium programme before journeying to Berlin for another preparation meet, looking to give himself the best chance possible ahead of the trials, which run from April 10 to 15 in Glasgow.

He will have a good chance of qualifying for the summer showpiece, also in Scotland’s second city.

Peaty is currently ranked second in Britain in the 50m and 100m breaststroke (10th in the world), and eighth in the 200m.

In Denmark last year, Peaty was unlucky not make at least one final, being denied a slot in the 50m by a fraction of a second, while falling foul of a rule that allows only two swimmers from each nation to go through to the semi-finals of an event in the 200m.

Peaty is still training as part of British Swimming’s Podium programme, and is one of an elite group selected as having the talent to star at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

He said: “I would like to thank all of my family, friends and neighbours who have been giving me a great deal of support over the last 12 months.”

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