When the European and Commonwealth 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty strides to the blocks at the British Championships on Tuesday at London Aquatics Centre he will do so with very different ambitions than those he held a year ago.
Peaty’s sole aim then was simply to qualify for the team to swim at the Commonwealth Games, but the 20-year-old went on to win his first British title, kickstarting a series of performances in which he won six European and Commonwealth gold medals and set a world record in the 50m breaststroke.
With this year’s national championships doubling as the trials for the worlds in Kazan, Russia, Peaty is aiming not only to qualify for the team but to lay down a marker for the summer.
“Compared to last year I am a lot more confident obviously,” says Peaty, who competed at last year’s championships only four months after making his international debut. “I am still the same guy but my circumstances have changed. Going into this trials and without putting too much pressure on at the moment I am looking to make the team but also medal. I think that is the difference and hopefully it will be fast enough to prove it.”
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