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.