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Commonwealth Games: Uttoxeter star Adam Peaty praised by coach Mel Marshall

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

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ADAM Peaty, Britain's fastest-ever 100m breaststroke swimmer, has repaid the faith invested in him by coach Mel Marshall.

The Uttoxeter swimmer claimed gold in that event at the Commonwealth Games, before adding silver in the 50m breaststroke and another gold in the 4x100m medley.

The 19-year-old also became the first Briton to beat the 59 seconds barrier as he touched in 58.94 to beat South African Cameron van der Burgh by 0.34 seconds.

And Marshall was overjoyed with the success of the swimmer, whose career she has guided for the last six years.

Marshall, one of England's coaching staff at the Games, said: "The tears were flowing. I'm going to savour the moment for many years.

"Dreams can come true. I'm so proud of him."

Marshall, who joined the Derby club after calling time on her own illustrious career during which she competed at Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European level, also posted on Facebook: "Six years ago, a 14-year-old boy walked through my door and we took a journey.

"Right from the start I believed in him 100 per cent, had no doubts.

"Six years on, I get to stand and watch him as a young man become a Commonwealth champion, watch him handle the pressures of competition and embrace the possibility of failure.

"As I watched him hug his mother it was in that moment I felt elation.

"We dared to dream, we never gave in and six years later we realised dreams can come true. Put people before performance and performance takes care of itself.

"Proud to say I coach one of the only five men to go under 59 for the 100m breast, proud to say I am coach of a Commonwealth champion.

"But more proud to say I helped shape a young man to be more than just a great swimmer but a great person."

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