Swimming: Peaty ignores his room mate's advice

Sun Aug 7, 2016 2:34pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Adam Peaty rooms with James Guy at the Rio Olympics but Britain's big swimming hope clearly pays no attention to his team mate's advice.

Guy, the 200 meters freestyle world champion, recalled on Sunday what he told Peaty before the 21-year-old Briton ripped up his own 100 meters breaststroke world record on his Games debut on Saturday.

"I said 'Peaty, don't smash it, just control it'," he told reporters. "(He said) 'No, I'm going to effing smash it."

"I said 'Fine, mate. Do what you want.' But fair play to Adam, he's a great friend of mine and I'm really pleased for him.

"We're sharing an apartment here so we're always talking, always chatting. I'm really pleased for him, he deserves everything he gets."

Peaty is favorite to become the first British male swimmer to win an Olympic gold since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988 when he swims on Sunday night.

On Saturday, he set a world record of 57.55 seconds in his very first Olympic race -- a time 0.37 quicker than his previous best -- and almost went faster again in the evening.

Guy, who came sixth in his opening 400 freestyle race on Saturday, would not divulge what further advice he might have given his friend.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Semifinal - Men's 100m Breaststroke Semifinals - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Adam Peaty (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Michael Dalder