Olympic Champion Adam Peaty Swaps Pool For Race Track

We’re used to seeing British breaststroker Adam Peaty break records and stand atop podiums when it comes to racing in the swimming pool. But the man recently took on a competitive challenge of another type, steering his way through the curves of a race track.

In the build-up to this summer’s Olympic Games, 26-year-old Peaty has been announced as the new brand ambassador for performance car manufacturer CUPRA. Part of the Volkswagen Group, CUPRA develops high-performance versions of road cars and competes on the tour and rally car circuits.

For Peaty’s challenge, the new dad raced several heats of the Oulton Park Circuit in a CUPRA Formentor Performance SUV, striving to better his timed result with each outing. He knocked it down from 1:32.40 at the onset to 1:24.90 in the final, mimicking the prowess he puts on display in his typical aquatic domain.

Of the parallelling experience, Peaty said, “Every single season I say to myself, what can I do better, how can I get faster, and I take it down to analyzing every single stroke. It really just comes down to me being competitive, it’s not really about racing anyone else, it’s about racing myself, what’s the best version of myself and how can I get faster, and ultimately you want to break world records, so that’s the ultimate goal.

No world records today, but I debriefed myself after every lap and took the same approach as I would in the pool.”

Peaty recently took the British title in his signature 100m breaststroke at the nation’s Oympic Trials, with his result there in London now rendering him the owner of the top 20 fastest performances all-time in the event.

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Chris DeBari
17 days ago

is it weird for me to think, shouldn’t he not risk injury doing this right before the olympics?

Reply to  Chris DeBari
17 days ago

Why hasn’t he been put in bubble wrap? That’s what I think.

Konner Scott
Reply to  Chris DeBari
17 days ago

Not weird at all. We all remember Caeleb’s motorcycle incident.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Chris DeBari
17 days ago

I reckon he could crash a motorcycle full Caeleb and still win

Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
15 days ago

Kamminga just went 57.9

Reply to  Chris DeBari
17 days ago

I think everyone… at least everyone who’s ever coached swimming at whatever level… thought EXACTLY that. I know I did.

Where the wall go?
Reply to  Chris DeBari
16 days ago

Probably a higher risk of being injured driving to practice than by himself on a track. Maybe he should just live at the pool so he doesn’t have to drive at all! And sleep in the pool so he doesn’t risk a slip on the pool deck!

17 days ago

Lewis Hamilton is shaking in his racing boots

17 days ago

anyone else think this was maybe a late April fools joke just after reading the title?

Last edited 17 days ago by Thomas
Reply to  Thomas
17 days ago

Just you

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Thomas
16 days ago

I thought he was going to be running. False advertising imo 0/10

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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