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Swimmer Adam Peaty hoping to repeat Commonwealth success

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

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COMMONWEALTH Games triple-medal winner Adam Peaty is hoping to repeat his success at the European swimming championships in Germany this week.

The former Painsley Catholic College student, pictured above, took only a short break from training after the Glasgow games in order to prepare himself properly for his big date in Berlin.

Peaty won the 100 metres breaststroke final in a new Commonwealth and British record time, before bagging silver in the 50 metres breaststroke and then striking gold again in the men's 4x100 metres medley.

The 19-year-old could therefore not be in better shape for his plunge for more glory at the Europeans.

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Peaty, from Uttoxeter, said: "If you had said at the start of the season that I would come away from the Commonwealth Games with two golds and a silver, I would have said 'no way'.

"The training has paid off, and it has been so great to be part of such a successful [England] team," added Peaty, who is coached by Mel Marshall at the City of Derby club.

Peaty may have been taken aback by his achievements but former Olympic swimmer Marshall wasn't. She said: "We knew what we were capable of, so it didn't surprise me."

Marshall, a former British record holder who quit competitive swimming in 2008, has been coaching Peaty since he was 14.

"It has been brewing for a while. I have seen it coming since he was 16," she said.

"We sat down and were very clear with what we wanted to achieve, and that was to deliver world-class performances back to back."

Marshall added: "I am really pleased with Adam's performances and we will celebrate the success but we have to be mindful we need to repeat that at the world level."

You can bet Peaty's former Cheadle schoolmates will be cheering him on along every metre on his latest bid for glory.

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