Olympic Champion Adam Peaty Now Pursuing ‘Project Immortal’

British Olympic champion and World Record holder Adam Peaty achieved his prior career goal of ‘Project 56’ when he posted the other-worldly time of 56.88 in the men’s 100m breaststroke at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

With another Olympic gold under his belt from Tokyo, 27-year-old Peaty and longtime coach Mel Marshall are now looking ahead to what they term ‘Project Immortal.’

Project Immortal signifies the goal of setting a record that will stand the test of all time.

Peaty says, “Doing a time that can never be beaten… the next three years is how we achieve Project Immortal.

“More than ever we have to kind of attack. I know where I need to be to get to Project Immortal.” (Sky Sports)

Peaty’s gold medal from this summer’s Olympic Games came with a time of 57.37, outside of his aforementioned WR mark, which left the new father slightly disappointed.

“Going into 2021 was tough,” he says, “because my mindset was geared up for last year.

“There was a lot more pressure and a lot more relief when it paid off, but it cost me a lot to get there in terms of my motivation and my commitment.

“I questioned why I was doing it and I never question it – this is what I love. But when you do it without gratification, without winning gold medals, that’s when you start to question ‘why’. That was the toughest thing – beating myself.”

Now with some time off, including competing on the British celebrity dance show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, the man is already looking ahead to what it will take to achieve Project Immortal.

“Obviously Paris is on the cards and hopefully if I get what I want there, then it’s LA 2028,” he says.

“If I can do what I [want to] do there then I don’t know. I’m already living my boyhood dream so that would be my ‘man’ dream.” (Sky Sports)

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Human Ambition
18 days ago

Breaststroke is getting hotter and hotter when Emre just swam a 24,9.

Jack
Reply to  Human Ambition
18 days ago

Breaststroke is a stretch to describe that

MIKE IN DALLAS
18 days ago

Superb swimmer, but as stated here, it comes across to me as
just too much ‘ego’ and not enough down-to-earth humility.

Scoobysnak
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
18 days ago

Booooo lame

Olympian
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
18 days ago

Nah, he’s cool…
But some people may find offensive the fact that he knows he’s the GOAT and he has no intention of hiding it… Me? I can respect that.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Olympian
18 days ago

I just don’t like that he literally swims one event and is hyping himself up this hard.

“Nicholas Santos, the GOAT butterflyer”

Olympian
Reply to  Steve Nolan
18 days ago

I don’t see the “problem” in swimming “only one event” when you’re literally the best human being that has ever done it.
Of course there are all the Remels and Genevieves… But come on… he’s been body lengths ahead of his competitionfor how many years now?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Olympian
18 days ago

Dangit, I replied to this but someone at Swimswam doesn’t like my new WiFi network.

He’s unquestionably the best 100 LCM breaststroker ever, but like…immortal?? C’mon, man!

Olympian
Reply to  Steve Nolan
17 days ago

Why not?? Can’t wait to watch his next races when he’s preparing with this type of motivation

jeff
Reply to  Steve Nolan
18 days ago

Santos is 0% faster than the second fastest, 0.2% faster than the third fastest, and 0.5% faster than the fourth in the 50 fly.

Peaty is 1.6%, 2.2%, and 2.5% faster than 2nd/3rd/4th in the 100 breast.

A better comparison would be calling Dressel the GOAT butterflyer after he swims a sub 49.

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Swim nerd
Reply to  jeff
18 days ago

No offense to dressel but mp is the goat butterflyer and it’s not close

mcmflyguy
Reply to  Swim nerd
18 days ago

uhhhh timing stats say otherwise. you know that ol chestnut we base our entire sport around.

Mr Piano
Reply to  mcmflyguy
18 days ago

Phelps won 3 Olympic gold medals in the 100 fly and 3 in the 200. Dressel might be the GOAT 100 flyer, but all around it’s technically Milak or arguably Phelps.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  jeff
18 days ago

Thanks for checking the math on that for me. I was being completely serious in my comparison.

frug
Reply to  Steve Nolan
18 days ago

Peaty is also the WR holder and reigning 3 time world champ in the 50m breaststroke.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  frug
18 days ago

Ah, I must’ve forgotten all those Olympic medals he’s won in the 50.

(Not that I don’t like 50s – I do! – but as events they basically do not exist when evaluating how “immortal” someone is.)

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PVSFree
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
18 days ago

I hate this fascination in the swim community with humility all the time. If we want to grow as a sport, we need some egos, we need some drama. If Peaty came out and said “I am the greatest swimmer of all time, MP has nightmares when he thinks about me,” or something along those lines, think of how much publicity we’d get. Let’s have some trash talk, makes it more fun

Olympian
Reply to  PVSFree
18 days ago

YEEEESSSSS

Meow
Reply to  PVSFree
18 days ago

It’s either “Such and such swimmer should be more humble” or if a commenter makes a valid critique “You can’t say anything because you don’t have a gold medal/WR/etc.” It’s so obnoxious.

Wannabefan
Reply to  Meow
18 days ago

I saw Cody say the latter on a SS post on Instagram lately and that was super disappointing.

He of all people should understand the nature of the industry of sport. But he, like every famous swimmer throughout history, as dependend on mostly 8-14 year olds and their soft suburban mothers for their marketplace, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.

But, this is why leagues like the ISL will never work. The athletes can’t get out of their own way and let sports fans be sports fans. Oh well, they’re the ones losing out on the money, not me *atlas shrugged*.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Wannabefan
18 days ago

To say that valid criticism of athletes is unacceptable is a common strawman. The problem is that it often comes with ad hominems.

torchbearer
Reply to  PVSFree
18 days ago

As they say if you talk the talk, you better walk the walk….and he does…so good on him. Some swimmers are big talkers (Peaty, Hall Jnr)…others are quiet achievers (McKeon, Chalmers), it take all types.

Landen
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
18 days ago

Fans like you are why swimming is no fun

5wimmer
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
18 days ago

Kinda agree with this

When beaten at CG 2018 he “needed to go out and punch someone”

Crown
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
11 days ago

It’s quite inspiring tbh.

Drewbrewsbeer
18 days ago

Remember when 4:11.76 was going to stand for decades? I ‘member.

Khachaturian
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
17 days ago

weird to hear that when we now have a 4:03, things changed a lot

Kudzai
18 days ago

58.00 is already a barrier for the rest of the beeastroke field and Peaty is at 56.88…. If he can shave it down to 56.50 it will probably stand until 2050, unless ofcourse dolphin kicks will be allowed up to the 15m mark😂😂😂😂😂

Last edited 18 days ago by Kudzai
Swim nerd
Reply to  Kudzai
18 days ago

Honestly dolphin kicks to 15 might genuinely be good for breaststroke I don’t like it but it eliminates the complexity of a pullout and the ways people are bending the rules. But even then, AP’s 100 would still be ridiculous

He Said What?
18 days ago

Going to take a 55-high to become “immortal”. I am anxious to see what both Adam and Mel believe is the projected time goal.

Meeeeee
Reply to  He Said What?
18 days ago

eh. the rules will change over time, suits will change, training will change, etc. He or anything he does won’t be immortal.

Brentosauras
18 days ago

I wonder if this is just another way of saying he’s going for a 55…because if the world is still a second behind him at 56, no one is touching 55 for decades (unless FINA makes the double dolphin kick legal)

Paul Windrath
18 days ago

Obviously, he has never heard the saying “Today’s records are tomorrow’s time standards.” But, if the record stands too long, the officials might change the rules to get faster times – one hand/flip turns, allow dolphin kicks in between whip kicks, etc..

Mitch K
Reply to  Paul Windrath
18 days ago

Has that ever happened before where rules were changed to get better times?

Redhawk
Reply to  Mitch K
17 days ago

Backstroke flipturns

John26
18 days ago

So what time do we think he’s going for? 56.3?

The Questioner
Reply to  John26
18 days ago

54.9

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  The Questioner
18 days ago

Delusional

Swim nerd
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
18 days ago

Project Immortal

Landen
Reply to  Swim nerd
18 days ago

If anyone can, peaty can. Either that or he goes in the 200

Owlmando
Reply to  The Questioner
18 days ago

55 49

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