Foster believes Peaty can strike Olympic gold in Rio

30 March 2015 / 07:30

Mark Foster believes Adam Peaty is ready to make a splash on the world stage this year after a breakthrough 2014 to remember.

Peaty won double gold at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and then four golds at the European Championships, where he also set a new 50m breaststroke world record.

And with this summer's World Championships in Kazan the target, the 20-year old City of Derby swimmer recently set a world leading time for the 100m breaststroke in Berlin.

It's no wonder that five-time Olympian Foster believes he's charting the right trajectory to be the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold since fellow breaststroker Adrian Moorhouse at the 1988 Games in Seoul.

"Adam Peaty is a phenomenal athlete," said Foster. "All swimmers are, but what sets him apart is he has the right coach. 

"You can have all the talent in the world but if you’re with the wrong coach it just won’t happen for you. 

"Adam and Mel Marshall is the right combination and I’ve always maintained that there’s not bible to how to be the best athlete. If there was, you could just follow it.

"I don’t even think he needs to improve, even though he is improving, but if he maintains where he was last year, he’ll be right in the mix for Olympic gold in Rio.

"Adam is clearly very motivated and focussed, but at the same time there’s a relaxed quality to him, and you can see in any sport people like that do well."

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