Olympic Champion Adam Peaty To Take Break, ISL Participation In Doubt

On the heels of defending his individual Olympic gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke, British powerhouse Adam Peaty has revealed he will be taking an extended break from the pool now that his job in Tokyo is done.

As reported by The Telegraph, new father Peaty says he is planning on staying out of the pool for at least one month to keep his mental health in check and prepare for his next run at an Olympic Games, which will be Paris 2024.

“It’s been hard for everyone, for every sport out there,” said Peaty of the tumultuous preparation around the globe in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s been very very tiring. I think what’s next is celebrating and having what Mel [Marshall] and me call a forced rest, where we’re not allowed to touch the water for a month now.”

Already looking forward to what lay ahead for the 26-year-old world record holder, the Loughborough man says, “It’s going to be a war of attrition over the next three years, we’ve got three major championships next season and you’ll see people who are falling off, who to all the days through the ISL and World Cups, by the time they get to Paris.

“Mental health matters and it is about getting the balance right at that elite level.”

He continues, “The amount of time that has been taken away from me with my partner and my boy, I want to make that time up. I’m going to enjoy it, recover and I’m going to need all the energy I’ve got and all the downtime.”

This calls into question Peaty’s participation in the International Swimming League Season 3, which kicks off on August 26th. Peaty was only rendered to his London Roar squad of the past two years via fan vote, which, in light of this post-Olympics break, sheds light on why he wasn’t retained as a protected athlete.

We’ve already seen one post-Olympic withdrawal from the ISL and expect more in the coming days as athletes digest their summer schedules and develop fall plans.

For any Olympians, this will be the best opportunity for a break before jumping into a hectic three-year -period before Paris has been condensed from the usual four by the Tokyo delay.

Below is a quick-hit list of competitions slate for 2022, condensed due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting Olympic delay:

  • 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka, Japan – May 13th-29th
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games – Birmingham, England – July 27th-August 7th, 2022
  • 2022 LEN European Aquatics Championships – Rome, Italy – August 11th-21st, 2022
  • 2022 Jr. Pan Pacific Swimming Championships – Location and Dates TBD, usually August
  • 2022 Asian Games – Hangzhou, China – September 10th-25th, 2022
  • 2022 World Short Course Swimming Championships – Kazan, Russia* – Dates TBD, Usually in December

We’ve reached out to Peaty for confirmation this means he’s out of the ISL season 3 and will update accordingly.

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Monteswim
1 month ago

I cannot imagine going straight to ISL after a long-awaited Olympic high. I suspect more people will pull out than we think.

NC Fan
Reply to  Monteswim
1 month ago

Yeah, 3 1/2 weeks from now???? Doesn’t seem healthy for these top tier Olympians to come back that quickly after the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of two successive Olympic prep years split by shutdowns.

Pvdh
Reply to  NC Fan
1 month ago

On the flip side I can see some going because they’re in amazing shape, low pressure and opportunities to make some dough.

They trained hard to be in peak shape might as well cash in

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Pvdh
1 month ago

Opportunities to make dough that won’t be given to them

Coach
Reply to  Pvdh
1 month ago

There is no flip side. People were so desperate that they were swimming in ponds and backyard pools. The anxiety from the pandemic cannot be ignored. Many are going to go from Tokyo to ISL to World Champ Trials/ World Championships, and that’s not healthy.

We are going to see athletes crash if they don’t take some time away from the pool. Elite coaches, pay even more attention to your athlete’s well being coming off Tokyo.

pvdh
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

are you just assuming people dont want to compete? who in the hell are you to be the judge

Coach
Reply to  pvdh
1 month ago

I’m someone who doesn’t want to see another swimmer get a DUI or contemplate suicide for not giving themselves a chance to breathe. I’m not judging. I’m worried about their overall well being.

swimmers758
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

No you’re just virtue signaling like a goof

eagleswim
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

athlete empowerment, but only if they don’t want to compete. if they want to compete then we shouldn’t let them.
?

Emerson
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Why do you personally care about these athletes? I do not; I care about family and friends. I want to watch great athletes competing; I wish no ill for any of them, but I do not personally care about them.

Definitely Not Sun Yang
Reply to  pvdh
1 month ago

I feel like the real PVDH can’t be this dumb.

swimmers758
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Current mentality in a nutshell. Competing is bad for your mental health! What a joke. Take time off if you need – a ton of swimmers came up short and are looking to compete.

Last edited 1 month ago by swimmers758
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  swimmers758
1 month ago

Yeah, look at Carson Foster swimming a 4:08 400 IM at a Sectionals after his OT disappointment.

Yabo
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

I think it definitely depends on the person. Some people want/ should take a break while some other people probably feel fired up and want to train harder

Anonymous
Reply to  Yabo
1 month ago

Agree – there were quite a few ISL swimmers that fell just short at Olympic Trials, and have taken a break/evaluating where they are and want to be.

Ecoach
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Agree that some swimmers should take a break. Others are going to feel fired up, excited and ready to go. Still others just love to swim and being out of the water would be the wrong choice. Not all swimmers feel pressure the same and definitely not all have the same pressure put on them. Simone Manuel, Katy Ledecky and Simone Biles in gymnastics were under huge pressure. Not the same for Katy Grimes or other younger or less recognized swimmers. Years of expectation and anticipation is tiring and a burden. Brief moments of Olympic dreams being met are inspiring. I never felt more excited to swim then after making the Olympic team.

Littlefin
Reply to  Monteswim
1 month ago

Will the Aussies even go home? I saw somewhere that they will need to quarantine for 2 weeks when they re-enter Australia. Is it worth it?

Troyy
Reply to  Littlefin
1 month ago

Chalmers mentioned that he’ll probably have to remain overseas untill after ISL. I guess it’ll be the same for others?

Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago
Bruh
1 month ago

Couldn’t he just attend the tail end of the season?

Cate
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

He has a small child at home. The time you miss with them you can’t get back.

JVW
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

Good call.

BadShoulder
1 month ago

Can’t blame him, especially since he’s got a small child at home. Smart decision by Peaty to avoid burnout.

bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Worlds AND Pan Pacs for 2022?!

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Pan Pacs were cancelled and 2026 will be in Canada instead. At least that’s what SwimSwam reported…

HJones
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

It was reported by NBC that Pan Pacs will not be held in 2022. But I believe all other events that would be held in the even years in the middle of a typical quad, like Commonwealth Games, will still be held. WUGs are going to be held in 2022 as well.

JVW
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Why are we talking about Pan Pacs where a British swimmer is concerned?

boknows34
Reply to  JVW
1 month ago

Pan Pacs were originally included (now deleted) for the 2022 international schedule in this article.

Swimmer
1 month ago

I don’t know how can you participate in the ISL in 4 weeks, it’s such a quick turnaround, mentally. ISL should postpone their season to at least November. Olympics is not an ordinary meet and the athletes need some time off and they have all earned it.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Yeah it makes sense for the ISL to try to capture some of that post-Olympics excitement from fans, but it seems like a tough turnaround for athletes.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

On the other hand, it looked the ISL teams were having a blast at the meets despite the bubble. Pros, especially the U.S. ones, don’t get to have that sense of team very often.

Chris
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

peaty could probably train half as hard and still do well in the ISL.

EMH16
1 month ago

I’m pretty sure pan pacs got deferred to 2026 around a year ago?

boknows34
1 month ago

A well deserved rest for Peaty.

PS: I think the 2022 Pan Pacs were cancelled due to the competition congestion and will be hosted next in Canada in 2026.

koala
Reply to  boknows34
1 month ago

I think that would be the right decision. The World Champs is around that time followed by Commonwealth Games. I do not know how it is percevied in Canada but the media pushes the CG here a lot so the Australian Team will give priority to that one over PanPacs.

boknows34
Reply to  koala
1 month ago
SwimShark
Reply to  boknows34
1 month ago

That makes sense with the compressed schedule. Since performance at Pan Pacs had been used to determine qualification for Worlds the following year, has USA Swimming announced how it will select swimmers for 2023 Worlds?

Kudos to Peaty to be pubic about the importance of mental health and wanting to spend more time with family.

Ragnar
Reply to  SwimShark
1 month ago

Hopefully we officially start to hold yearly trials, why lock people in for two years when a up and comer might be faster a la Regan in 2019

MarkB
Reply to  SwimShark
1 month ago

“Kudos to Peaty being pubic”. Obvious typo but still (adolescently) funny!

Bofa
1 month ago

This makes me curious- how fast would he go if he raced a 100 breast the first day back from a month out of the water? Could he break a minute?

Pvdh
Reply to  Bofa
1 month ago

If he did some stretches before hand Yes.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Bofa
1 month ago

I changed my mind – I say no but he could get close after a week back.

Last edited 1 month ago by The unoriginal Tim
Dylan
Reply to  Bofa
1 month ago

He could break a minute with 6 months off lmao. That speed is coded deep in his neural pathways

M d e
Reply to  Dylan
1 month ago

100m is a long way.

A month isn’t that long though, so it’s possible. The last 15-25 would get pretty dicey.

Also depends on if he makes an effort to maintain some of his general fitness.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Dylan
1 month ago

Phelps took like 6 months off after 2008 Olympics, trained for like 2 weeks and went 1:46 in the 200 free lol

Anonymoose
Reply to  Bofa
1 month ago

extremely easily, yes

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