Tokyo 2020- Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne reveals the secret to Adam Peaty’s success
Following Adam Peaty's successful defence of his 100m breaststroke title at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne reveals the secret to his success. The retired long-distance swimmer - who competed at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 - told Eurosport how Peaty has perfected his stroke technique in order to give himself the edge over his competitors.
'He really is a spectacular athlete' - Keri-Anne Payne on Adam Peaty's performance
Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne has revealed the secret to Adam Peaty’s success.
The retired long-distance swimmer- who competed at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016- told Eurosport of how Peaty has perfected his stroke technique in order to give himself the edge over his competitors.
Payne said: “Adam spends as much time in what we call a streamline position as possible, and not just when his body is under the water but when he is actually doing his stroke.
Payne, however, argues that it is Peaty's efficiency in the water that puts the breaststroker so far ahead of his competitors.
Reflecting on Peaty's strengths, Payne said: “It takes time, it takes practice to swim like Adam.
“If you look at him, he’s got real muscles in his arms and his legs, he’s got so much power to him and he is using every inch of his power to move himself forward.
“He’s not wasting any time pushing water to the side, he Is literally bringing it forward in front of him and moving himself forward and he does that time and time again.
“His legs as well, powering him to come out the water and come over.
“Breaststroke is the slowest stroke because we spend so much time in that position with the water dragging against us, but he spends as little time as possible in that position which means he’s so much more efficient.
I think that’s what swimming is, it’s a game of efficiency and that exactly what he does incredibly well.
Despite the double Olympic champions achievement, Payne still believes that Peaty has room for improvement.
Arno Kamminga Adam Peaty Tokyo 2020
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She said: “He really is a spectacular athlete.
“I think if you’ve watched any swimming you will know he’s had to work really hard on his starts and his turn and you can see he’s absolutely doing that.
“His reactions are much quicker... he has worked really hard with his coach Mel Marshall on that
“You’ll see he’s much better with his start but there’s still a bit of work he can do.”