Adam Peaty British Swimmer On Fatherhood Racing Again And Being An Avenger

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Adam Peaty British Swimmer On Fatherhood Racing Again And Being An Avenger

Adam Peaty knows his partner won’t be happy with him for saying it, but says it all the same: seeing his son born gave him the same feeling as winning an Olympic medal.

The 25-year-old admits he was reduced to tears after the birth of his son, George-Anderson Adetola Peaty, to partner Eiri Munro on 11 September and describes it as a “really emotional time” for the pair as their lives “changed forever”.

“It was such a ‘wow’ moment when he arrived and as soon as he came out, I cried,” the British swimmer tells BBC Sport.

“She [Eiri] will hate me saying this, but when he came out, it really was like when you win the Olympics.”

In the pool, the world record-breaking Olympic breaststroke champion is a battle-hardened winner, but George’s arrival has shown he has a softer – much more human – side as well.

Now in Budapest to lead his team, London Roar, into the second season of the International Swimming League (ISL), Peaty faces a “difficult” six weeks away from his new family.

He says: “Being apart is a hard pill to swallow, as these are times you’ll never get back and I feel so connected to him, but we have great support at home and I have a job to do, which Eiri understands.”

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The inaugural ISL season in 2019 took in six venues across Europe and North America before the spectacular Grand Final – won by Energy Standard – in Las Vegas last December.

Organisers hoped for more locations in 2020, but plans were revised after the global coronavirus outbreak and were it not for the investment of billionaire owner Konstantin Grigorishin, it would not be happening at all.

Two new teams – Tokyo Frog Kings and Toronto Titans – have joined the existing eight for the event, which runs from 16 October to 22 November and takes place entirely in Budapest, Hungary.

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“The whole world has been through so much since we last raced, which is why I’m so grateful to be in this position right now,” says Peaty. “After the Olympics were postponed it’s been great to have something else to focus on.”

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Bringing more than 300 of the world’s top swimmers together when many countries have travel restrictions in place has presented significant challenges, but ISL organisers have analysed moves by other sports – namely basketball and cricket – to try to minimise risk.

“We had Covid tests before we left the UK and several here in Budapest,” says Peaty.

“We’re in team bubbles to reduce mixing, but we’re also based on Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube river running through Budapest, so we’re isolated, which helps us and the public to stay safe in case there were any positive cases.”

Adam Peaty British Swimmer On Fatherhood Racing Again And Being An Avenger

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