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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
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.