Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Usain' Peaty Will Leave Rivals Behind for Years, Says Foster

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Usain' Peaty Will Leave Rivals Behind for Years, Says Foster

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Byline: Matt Majendie and Rod Gilmour in Budapest

DAM PEATY is the Usain Bolt of swimming, according to five-time Olympian Mark Foster.

And Foster warned the Briton's rivals would only be scrapping it out for second and third place for the remainder of Peaty's career. Peaty became the first swimmer to dip under 26 seconds for the 50 metres breaststroke on his way to a second gold medal here in Budapest.

And after gold No2 last night, Foster told Standard Sport: "It's a bit like Usain Bolt on the start line, everyone else is just going for second and third. In reality, that's all his rivals can do now and arguably for the rest of Adam's career. He's that good and, if he stays fit and healthy, I genuinely don't see him ever being beaten.

Peaty has the 10 fastest times in the 100m breaststroke and the six quickest times in history over 50m. Foster explains: "He's like Michael Phelps in that physiologically he was born to swim and what he's able to do in the water is not normal.

"Adam keeps himself much more streamlined and, while he's not quite dislocating his ankles, he turns them in in a way that others physically can't. Clearly he's got the best technique but it's not like his rivals can copy it as physiologically I'm not sure they're able to."

Peaty has set his sights on becoming the first man in history to dip under 57 seconds for the 100m, and Foster said the 22-year-old can still improve. "He's like a kid at the moment, just going for fastest times for fun," he said. "I see Adam getting quicker."

Peaty could also try out out the 200m breaststroke this winter. Nothing is confirmed, but he has hinted he will race at Commonwealth Games trials in December over the distance in a bid to double up before the 2020 Olympics.

The 50m breaststroke is not an Olympic event.

"The long term goal is Tokyo," he told Standard Sport before these championships. …

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