WHEN Adam Peaty woke up this morning he would have undoubtedly asked someone to pinch him after his sensational swims in Glasgow – but he insists the only secret to his success is old-fashioned hard work.
The 19-year-old capped off a highly rewarding Commonwealth Games by helping the men's 4x100m medley relay team win gold in a Games record time of 3.31.51 minutes from Australia.
That was Peaty's second gold in the Tollcross International Swimming Centre pool after he won the 100m breaststroke title in a new Games and British record time last Saturday.
Not forgetting his silver medal in the 50m breaststroke, Peaty's star is shining as bright as it ever has and he admits his return in Glasgow has far exceeded expectations.
"It was an amazing relay, I just tried to stay calm and treat my leg like an individual," said the Uttoxeter star.
"You don't want to get over-excited for that kind of occasion because you can with the crowd.
"The first 50m I went off nice and steady and then went hard on the way back. We believed we could do it and we saw it through to the end.
"If you had said at the start of the season that I would come away from the Commonwealth Games with two golds and a silver I would have said no way.
"The training has paid off and it has just been so great to be a part of such a successful team."
Peaty will have a few days off to digest what has been a whirlwind six days of swimming before getting back into training ahead of the European Championships in Berlin.
The rest of the world is sure to take note of Peaty's performances in Glasgow, they would be foolish not to, but he insists there will be no added pressure on his shoulders from now on.
"I have a few days off now to relax and soak all of this in, then I will be back to the game for the Europeans," he said.
"I just want to go out there and have a bit of fun.
"Who knows what I could do? I came here not expecting to do what I have here so all I can do is try my best again and see what happens.
"It has all been so quick and I have just given my best all the way through and look where it has got me."
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