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)