Olympic hero Adam Peaty will ‘change the way breaststroke is taught’ in the future after his remarkable Usain Bolt-like feats in Rio.
Team GB’s breaststroke specialist smashed the 100m world record in taking gold, before adding to his haul with silver in the 4x100m medley relay.
The 21-year-old is hot favourite for more glory in Tokyo 2020 and former Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson believes the sport will now have to adapt after Peaty destroyed the competition in Brazil.
Adam Peaty broke the world record twice on his way to 100m breaststroke gold in Rio
Peaty showed off his medals on the flight deck as Team GB flew home from Brazil on Tuesday
Michael Jamieson has likened Peaty’s display to nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt
PEATY’S GOLD STANDARD
Adam Peaty now holds all four major titles. He has won breaststroke gold at the Olympics, World Championships, Europeans and Commonwealth Games in the last two years.
‘He has the potential to change the way breaststroke is taught for years to come,’ said Jamieson, who made his own mark in Rio with his impressive performance as an analyst with the BBC.
‘He is reinventing the stroke, almost. All the major technical principals that I was brought up on, he’s beginning to change that – he’s beginning to make his own stroke.
‘Obviously, to the general public, it will look very similar but when you see the camera angle from beneath the surface, you can see the difference.
‘The way he has been able to do that is through the power he has in his upper body. He stays very flat at the front of the stroke and that enables him to have a much shorter recovery phase in the kick – that basically means he’s not in such an inefficient position in the water as much as anyone else swimming breaststroke.
‘He decelerates a lot less than this competition – and just streaks ahead.’
Peaty leaves the team’s flight back to Britain alongside gold-winning rower Helen Glover
The swimmer took part in the ‘Heroes of the Games’ section of the closing ceremony in Rio
Jamieson, who won Olympic silver in the 200m breaststroke at London 2012, believes Peaty’s performances deserve to be labelled alongside track legend Bolt when he set the current 100m sprint record at the 2009 World Championships.
‘Adam’s hugely powerful and he’s blown the competition away in Brazil,’ continued the Scot. ‘His performance in Rio was on a par with Bolt’s 9.58 world record in Berlin seven years ago. It was that sort of ilk.’
Jamieson has yet to make a firm decision on his future but as for trying to emulate Peaty, he laughed: ‘I’m not powerful enough! Adam’s 10-12 kilos heavier than me – which is frightening.
‘My frame is far too small. If I put that kind of muscle on, I’d sink!’
Jamieson (left) believes Peaty’s display was on a par with Bolt’s at 2009 World Championships
TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson are challenging the people of Scotland to take the plunge with Speedo’s Dive In campaign, which is aiming to help adults swim their way to fitness by improving their front crawl.
Michael will attend free 60-minute swim fit sessions at Hamilton Virgin Active on Saturday, August 27 and both Gallacher and Jamieson will offer tips and encouragement to swimmers during sessions at Nuffield Health Edinburgh Omni Fitness and Wellbeing Gym on Sunday, August 28.
Speedo is offering 10,000 adults, free swim fitness sessions across the UK until October 2016 to help the nation get fit through swimming.
People can sign up for the event at speedo.co.uk/dive-in.