UTTOXETER swimming star Adam Peaty is over the moon after he all but guaranteed a place at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
The 19-year-old, from Byrds Lane, recorded two qualification times for the summer games, in Glasgow, at the British Gas Swimming Championships.
He came away with one gold – in the 50m breaststroke – and two silvers, over 100m and 200m in the same discipline.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” said the City of Derby Swimming Club star. “I didn’t really expect to get two qualifying times, but I did.
“They’ve been tough battles.”
Peaty is now looking forward to testing himself against some of the best swimmers in the world after blitzing the England “consideration” time for the summer games in the 200m.
He touched the wall in two minutes 9.40 seconds – a massive personal best and 1.21 seconds inside the qualifying standard as he finished second behind Scotland’s Michael Jamieson at Tollcross.
In the 100m he also grabbed silver, clocking 59.79 seconds, just 0.23 seconds behind his big mate Ross Murdoch and 0.01 inside the Commonwealth qualification time.
Peaty made sure he left the championships – in the same pool that the summer games will be held – with a gold as he beat 20-year-old Murdoch in Monday night’s 50m final, coming home in 27.43 seconds, two hundredths quicker than his friend and rival.
“It means a lot to win,” he said. “Me and Ross always have good battles with each other and it could have gone to either one of us.
“It’s just so close between us and it’s going to be so good at the Commonwealth Games.
“I’m looking forward to swimming against the Australians and South Africans. They’ve got a lot of experience under their belts at Olympics and World Championships - it will be a tough one but hopefully I can get a medal.”
The teenager reckons the 100m will be his best distance come the summer.
“That’s the one I really train for,” said Peaty. “And 200m is a bonus. There’s more to come in the 100m because it didn’t really go how I wanted it to this time.”
Now, Peaty is getting back in training with coach Mel Marshall and hoping he can seize his big chance in July.
“I couldn’t really think of a better coach at the moment,” he said. “She gives me what I need and it’s working out great for me.
“It’s been brilliant and it’s nice to get some experience in this pool ahead of the big games.”