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Swimmer Peaty is making waves

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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ADAM Peaty has become the perfect role model for aspiring pupils at his former Cheadle school.

The ex-Painsley Catholic College student is in a class of his own after two outstanding months as an international swimmer.

The 19-year-old produced a world class performance at the European championships in Germany to claim four gold medals, which come on the back of his triple medal haul at the Commonwealth Games last month.

Peaty struck gold twice in the Euros in Berlin within an hour last week.

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Firstly, he was crowned 100 breaststroke champion and then followed up with a gold strike in the 4x100m mixed medley relay.

On Saturday night, he followed up winning the men's 50 metres breaststroke final, after setting a new world record of 26.62 seconds in the semi-final.

Peaty admitted getting focussed for the 50m was difficult after the hype of beating the previous world best time of 26.67 set by South Africa's Van der Burgh back in 2009. The City of Derby star explained: "I was back later than usual and I couldn't get to sleep until about 2am. I didn't feel that great in the morning."

On Sunday, Peaty was a member of the men's winning 4x100m relay team.

Peaty's only disappointment at the championships was his failure to make the 200m breaststroke semi-finals, despite recording one of the fastest times, 2:12:40, which earned him second place in his heat.

Little wonder they are planning to re-name the swimming baths in Peaty's honour in his home town of Uttoxeter.

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