sport news Tokyo Olympics: Swimmer Adam Peaty admits the Games 'do NOT feel like an ...

sport news Tokyo Olympics: Swimmer Adam Peaty admits the Games 'do NOT feel like an ...
sport news Tokyo Olympics: Swimmer Adam Peaty admits the Games 'do NOT feel like an ...
Adam Peaty admits he's desperately trying to 'control all of those emotions and perform when it matters' as he tries to adapt to 'really WEIRD' atmosphere without fans in Tokyo, despite cruising through to the 100m breaststroke semi-final

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Adam Peaty admitted the behind-closed-doors Tokyo Games 'do not feel like an Olympics' despite storming into the semi-finals of the 100 metres breaststroke with the eighth fastest time in history.

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The defending Olympic champion and world record holder clocked 57.56 seconds in his heat here at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre to qualify quickest for Sunday's next round.

It was just one hundredth slower than he swam in the heats at Rio 2016, which was then a world record – a time he has since lowered to 56.88sec.

A dominant performance saw Adam Peaty cruise into the 100metre breaststroke semi-final

A dominant performance saw Adam Peaty cruise into the 100metre breaststroke semi-final

The 26-year-old could become the first ever British swimmer ever to retain an Olympic title

The 26-year-old could become the first ever British swimmer ever to retain an Olympic title

Peaty, sporting a moustache, nodded in approval at the end of his race and looks in the shape to smash his world best again over the next two days.

However, the British superstar said he was still coming to terms with the fact there are no fans in the stands because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

'It's really weird with no crowd, really weird,' said Peaty. 'It doesn't feel like an Olympics. It's not the same, of course it's not. Obviously when you go back to the Village, that's when it does feel the same. 

'So it's about controlling all of those emotions and performing when it matters.

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