Adam Peaty says he has reset his priorities as an athlete following the mental health issues that caused him to take a break from swimming, but has warned his Olympic rivals that “it’s always about the three-peat” as he begins to count down to Paris.
This year, the 100m breaststroke world record holder revealed he had been “on a self-destructive spiral” that had led him to question his love for the sport.
But Peaty says he is now “a lot happier” having adapted his approach beyond a mentality that focussed only on increasing the success he could deliver in the pool. “I do it for more reasons now,” Peaty said. “I do it for the memories, I do it for the family and pride.
I do it for way more than just turning up and swimming a race, really. It’s not like I’m on a retreat and just doing it for the love of it.Read more on theguardian.com