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Hard work has seen Adam Peaty on cusp on Commonwealth Games glory

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

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THEY say early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise – and Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty would certainly seem to be the living proof of that.

The 19-year-old is in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, and will compete in the 100m breaststroke today, and the 50m on Sunday.

He has a good chance of a medal in both events after breaking several British records already this summer.

And any honours which come the former Painsley Catholic College pupil's way will certainly have been hard-earned.

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"In the morning I get up at 4am in Uttoxeter and go across to Repton, where I train in the morning," said Peaty.

"I train there 5-7am, then go to the gym 7-8.30am, and then to college in Derby, come back about 2pm and train until 4pm, then gym again 5-6pm.

"Then I go home and I'm probably in bed about 9pm."

Despite that hard work, Peaty admits he has been surprised by his rapid rise to being among the medal favourites at the Games, which started yesterday.

He claimed two gold medals at the British International Open last month on the back of his record-breaking performances in Spain and France earlier in June.

"I had really, really good winter training and it's all paying off," said Peaty.

"It was my breakthrough year last year and I wasn't expecting to swim this fast already – with two British records already."

At the age of 14, Peaty was first spotted by Mel Marshall, racing freestyle for Dove Valley Swimming Club.

The City of Derby coach took the Painsley student under her wing, certain he was going to be a star.

It has been in the 100m breaststroke that he's kept on course to fulfil Marshall's prediction.

And enter 2014, he has stepped up another level, only just missing out on gold at the British nationals in Glasgow in April when Scotland's Ross Murdoch took the title in 59.56, ahead of Peaty (59.79) and another Scot Michael Jamieson (1:00.53).

Peaty went on to set a new British record 59.25 when he won the Mare Nostrum title at Barcelona in June, then claimed the British Gas International crown the following week.

It is ideal preparation for what will be one of the most competitive events in Glasgow, with Murdoch and Jamieson not his only rivals.

Christian Sprenger, the man keeping Peaty off the top of the world rankings, swims for Australia, while South Africa boast world number three Cameron van der Burgh.

Now he just wants to do his best, and hope that is enough to bring a medal back to Staffordshire.

"I'm just going to give my best for my country - and for Uttoxeter," said Peaty.

"A good Games would be maximising the opportunity I've been given."

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