World record holder Adam Peaty ‘kind of bullied’ into concentrating on breaststroke


“When I joined City of Derby, I had no idea just what to expect. I hadn’t really got a preference over which stroke I liked best.

“I kind of got bullied into concentrating on my breaststroke by (coach) Mel Marshall!”

Marshall, who won the Matrix Fitness Performance Coach of the Year award at the Derbyshire Sports Awards, held at the Roundhouse, is understandably proud of her protégé.

She remembers the first time she saw Peaty in the pool.

“Adam was in lane three, the slower lane, with all the 10-year-old girls,” joked Marshall.

“I remember watching him swim freestyle and thinking ‘oh my goodness’.

“But then, when he swam breaststroke, I knew he had something special. I can still remember watching him swim breaststroke for the first time.

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