Adam Peaty had hoped to finish on the podium in his very last race at the Commonwealth Games – but did he succeed?
All eyes were on Adam Peaty as the England swimmer headed into the pool for the 50m breaststroke final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The athlete was aiming for a podium finish at the race, which will be his last at a Commonwealth game.
As the only event the prolific swimmer didn’t win, Peaty focused on hitting a climax.
But did he succeed? Here’s everything you need to know.
Did Adam Peaty win gold in the 50m breaststroke?
With only one pool length, the short race was tight between all eight participants.
Peaty went to the top and maintained his lead, eventually winning the gold medal to add to his collection.
What were the results for the 50 meter breaststroke?
Peaty wasn’t the only athlete to celebrate after the 50m breaststroke final.
Scotsman Ross Murdoch secured the bronze position after a strong swim.
- GOLD: Adam Peaty (GER) – 26.76
- SILVER: Sam Williamson (AUS) – 26.97
- BRONZE: Ross Murdoch (SCO) – 27.32
- Michael Houlie (RSA) – 27.36
- Craig Benson (SCO) – 27.43
- James Wilby (GER) – 27.72
- Greg Butler (GER) – 27.98
- Grayson Bell (AUS) – 28.31
What did Adam Peaty say about the Commonwealth Games?
After losing a medal position in the 100m breaststroke, Peaty was interviewed and his comments left some swimming fans a bit upset.
The swimmer was thrown onto the post by fellow England swimmer James Wilby despite making it eight straight years.
When interviewed by the BBC about losing the 100m breaststroke and the 50m final he was preparing for, Peaty said: “That will probably be my last try tomorrow [50m breaststroke]But it does not bother me.
“The Commonwealths for me, broadly speaking… it’s about two years [2024 Olympics].
“It’s not disrespect. I’m still four weeks into my program, I can’t expect that of myself.”
Some branded Peaty’s comments as disrespectful to his competitors and to the games as a whole.
However, after his 50m breaststroke triumph, he clarified his comments, saying: “I had two choices this morning: either I fight or I don’t fight. Anyone who knows me knows I fight.
“It means so much to me because what I’ve been through for the last five years I lost my spark towards the start of the week and now I have it back.
“Yesterday there was a lot of emotion but a lot of people need to understand that I hit rock bottom yesterday and bring me up with the crowd in my head and this is the result.
He added: “That was the only one I haven’t won in my career, the Commonwealth 50m and I can now retire. I don’t care about the stats, tonight was about racing, who would hit the wall first.
“Nobody can really match the speed I’m getting, but without the practice you’re not going anywhere. I’m looking forward to resetting and having a winter because I haven’t done that since 2019.
“I’m so glad I suffered that loss earlier in the week because those wins feel so much more alive and so much better.”