ADAM PEATY has finally found what it’s like to lose a 100m breaststroke event – but he’s promised he’ll come back.
Britain’s greatest swimmer had NEVER lost a race at his favorite distance in his eight-year senior career.
But Peaty’s belief that he could brave a six-week absence with a broken foot and retain his Commonwealth crown was shattered when he finished FOURTH behind England’s James Wilby at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
Swimming’s Superman looked on course for another triumph as he led off the blocks to face forward.
But he was forced to face his own mortality when he suddenly started swimming through syrup, passed not only by Wilby but also by Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook and Sam Williamson.
Stunned, Peaty said, “I just don’t know what went wrong. I felt really good up to 50m but with 25m to go I just didn’t have anything in the tank.
“It was the lack of training, the lack of racing. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what went wrong, but it was two seconds slower than the Olympics.”
Peaty pointed out his injury after admitting before Birmingham he was “blindfolded” about his fitness.
He added: “It took a broken foot to get it off me. If you don’t race all season, it will bite you when it counts.
“But I chose to fight. I don’t care about the stats or how long I’ve been unbeaten.
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“I can’t even remember when I drove so slowly, so it’s a shock and a disappointment.
“The next two years will be about how I reach my peak in Paris. It will be a challenge, but it is my goal.”
Peaty’s disbelief was palpable. Even since he burst onto the senior stage in Glasgow in 2014, no one has been able to crack his veneer of calm confidence.
But after spinning forward – albeit just 0.13 seconds ahead of Williamson – Peaty hit the wall.
Wilby’s time of 59.25 seconds would have been enough to finish LAST in the Tokyo final, which was won by Peaty, who insists he will compete in tonight’s 50m.
But the Glasgow-born 28-year-old didn’t mind his time – and rightly so.
Wilby said, “Adam is phenomenal, the fastest breaststroke swimmer in the world. You can never take that away from him. Sometimes it’s about taking your chances.
“I’m so happy but he’ll probably kick my ass later in the year. He’ll be back.”
Further English gold came from Alice Tai, who had her right leg amputated in January, in the S8 100m backstroke.
James Guy won shock bronze in the 200m butterfly behind Kiwi Lewis Clareburt and Chad le Clos of South Africa and the women’s 4x200m relay as Australia set the championship’s first world record.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5901080/adam-peaty-commonwealth-games-race-result/ Adam Peaty stunned at the Commonwealth Games as the British hero lost a 100m for the first time ever… and missed out on a medal