Adam Peaty was unable to pinpoint what went wrong as the Olympic champion stunningly failed to finish in the top three of the 100m breaststroke final at the Commonwealth Games.
Peaty heartbroken after shock defeat in Birmingham breaststroke final
Adam Peaty admitted his shock defeat in the men’s 100-metre breaststroke final was “heartbreaking” after he finished outside the medal positions as James Wilby claimed Commonwealth Games gold.
Peaty is the reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder in his favoured event, where he hadn’t lost in eight years and never before in a major final in a career of unprecedented dominance.
There were minor concerns of rustiness after two months on the sidelines following a broken foot, which ruled him out of the World Championships, but he unsurprisingly held the halfway lead in Birmingham.
But he struggled for momentum and was reeled in by English compatriot Wilby, who was first to touch the wall in 59.25 seconds at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, just over an hour’s drive from where Peaty grew up in Uttoxeter.