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Adam Peaty can expect a rousing welcome home after fantastic Commonwealth Games performance

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

  • Swimmer Adam Peaty shows off his gold medal in Glasgow after smashing the Commonwealth record.

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SWIMMER Adam Peaty can expect a rousing welcome should he one day pay a return visit to his old Cheadle school.

The former Painsley Catholic College student is the new kid on the block after making waves at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old, from Uttoxeter, had given a hint of what was to come by breaking his own British record in qualifiers for the 100 metres breaststroke event at the Glasgow pool.

His gold-winning performance in the final saw him re-write the record books again, when he become the first Brit to complete the race under 59 seconds, clocking 58.94 to smash the Commonwealth record.

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Peaty's journey to the 50 metre final followed a similar pattern, when this time he became the first Brit to go under 27 seconds for the distance, lowering the British record to 27.00 in the heats and 26.99 in the semi-finals.

However, world record holder Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa went even quicker, breaking Peaty's Games record with 26.80.

Olympic champion van der Burgh was second to Peaty in the 100 metres final with a time of 59.28, so the City of Derby swimmer was well aware of the sort of task that lay ahead of him in the 50 metres head-to-head.

As it was, Peaty had to settle for silver as van der Burgh broke his own Commonwealth Games record to take gold, with just two hundredths of a second separating them.

Peaty said after the race: "There are always things to work on.

"Coming into this season, I knew that the dive was going to be a weakness but I ignored it and just carried on my swimming.

"It's definitely a target for next season to get that power off the dive and compete with these big boys again.

"It's an exciting prospect but nothing is ever a given."

Peaty started racing with the Dove Valley Club before going on to be coached by former British Olympian Mel Marshall at City of Derby.

He has made relentless progress and has not looked back since making his first European Championship appearance for Team GB in 2012, following two semi-final appearances at the British Gas Swimming Championships and Olympic trials in London.

Peaty's mum Caroline and nan Mavis Williams have been poolside in Glasgow. Caroline said: "It was just sensational – the roar as they were racing, was incredible."

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