Olympic Champion Adam Peaty had the crowd on their feet on the opening day of the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield as he defended his title in the 100m Breaststroke.
Peaty, who now trains full-time at Loughborough University, reached the 50m mark first before continuing to pull away and stop the clock in a world class 57.79, way inside the British qualifying time for the World Championships.
Post-race Peaty said:
A lot of people struggle to go to an Olympics, win it and then carry on. That’s when me and Mel [Marshall] said if we do this and win we come back and carry on doing the same for the next four years to Tokyo. We still had a lot of work to do on my race when we came home.
I am loving the environment in Loughborough. We have a great support team and the guys at British Swimming are really helping me with my race. I can still move it on for Budapest which is exciting.
After the medal presentation Peaty gave away his gold medal to a young fan in the crowd, which added an extra touch of class to his performance on the night.
Hopefully that lad will look at the medal and it will make him think, ‘If I train harder, I can be out there too’ and then he’ll be here competing one day.
Peaty’s fellow National Centre Loughborough swimmer and Loughborough University Chemistry student James Wilby bagged bronze to cap a great night for Loughborough in the pool.
There were further Loughborough medals on the opening night in Sheffield, with Abbie Wood winning bronze in the 400m Individual Medley in a personal best time of 4:37.25, whilst University alumnus Joe Elwood secured silver in the 50m backstroke in an extremely tight race.
Imogen Clark swam to a new British Record in the 50m Breaststroke after she touched in a time of 30.21 and was joined on the podium by Loughborough College student Sarah Vasey who finished second.
In the Target Tokyo development races there was glory for Megan Morrison in the 50m Breaststroke, with her training partner and University Fine Art student Grace Gilroy finishing third, whilst International Business student Alasdair Wright also won bronze in the 50m Backstroke. There was also silver for second year Computing and Management student Tobias Robinson in the 400m Freestyle, with Edward Baxter winning a terrific gold in the 100m Breaststroke.