Rebecca Adlington believes that Adam Peaty’s unexpected return to the podium was a result of his focus on getting back to his best for the Olympics. While he is seen as the poster boy of the sport, Adlington emphasized that there are other fantastic medallists on the British team, including Matt Richards, Tom Dean, and Duncan Scott. She is confident in the quality of the British team and believes that they have enough talent to take the pressure off Peaty and secure “a handful of medals” in Paris.
Adlington also pointed out that without Peaty, the other swimmers would be the poster boys and that the British team is in great shape overall. She underscored the depth and talent of the entire British swimming team, expressing confidence in their ability to perform at the highest level.
On BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, Adlington spoke about her belief that Peaty’s return to competition was a surprise due to his focus on peaking at the Olympics. She praised his performance and said she was impressed by how well he had adjusted to being back in competition after a year away from international swimming.
Despite this success, Adlington believes that Peaty’s ultimate goal is still winning Olympic gold again in Tokyo 2020. She thinks he will need more time to get back into peak form before competing at this level again but expressed confidence in his abilities to do so if he continues training hard and focusing on his goals.