World Aquatics Championships 2024: Adam Peaty wins bronze in 100m breaststroke

Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington believes Peaty will have “surprised himself” by winning a medal so soon after his return given his focus will be on getting back to his best for the Olympics.

“Adam is in the perfect place,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast.

“He isn’t going to fully be in his finest form because he doesn’t want to peak now, he wants to peak in the summer. He wants to be on that Olympic team.

“So I think he’s in perfect position to do that. And I actually think he surprised himself by getting back on the podium.”

Adlington is confident that there is enough quality in the British team to help take the pressure off Peaty and secure “a handful of medals” in Paris.

“Obviously Adam realises he is the poster boy of the sport,” she added. “We have got some other fantastic medallists, you’ve got people like Matt Richards, Tom Dean and Duncan Scott, but Adam is the name that everyone knows.

“I actually think people are just following him because they want to see him succeed, not to scrutinise him, but just to see him do well.

“The other guys are phenomenal swimmers in their own right and actually deserve so much more credit than they get because what they’ve achieved in the sport is absolutely phenomenal.

“If there wasn’t an Adam Peaty, they would be the poster boys. We’ve got a great team. I think we’re in great shape.”

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