- Adam Peaty finished third in the 100m breaststroke final in Qatar
- It was his first appearance at a global event since the Tokyo Olympics in 2021
- The 29-year-old will go for a third successive Olympic 100m gold in Paris
Adam Peaty vowed to use defeat in Doha to push him to greater glory in Paris after claiming a bronze medal on his return to the world stage.
Making his first appearance at a global event since the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, the British swimmer finished third in the 100 metres breaststroke final at the World Championships in Qatar on Monday night.
It was the first time he has failed to win a world or Olympic final in an individual event since bursting on to the scene more than a decade ago.
Peaty, 29, insisted he would use the result as motivation in his bid to become only the second man after Michael Phelps to win the same swimming title at three successive Olympics.
‘My happiness now in the sport comes from knowing I couldn’t have done anything more — and tonight I knew I could have done more, so I’m disappointed,’ said Peaty.
Adam Peaty made his first appearance at a global event since the Tokyo Olympics in 2021
Peaty finished third in the 100m breaststroke final at the World Championships in Qatar
‘But now it’s about how we can fine-tune it for the Olympics. This is going to push me to make sure we’re executing those skills perfectly.’
Peaty missed the 2022 World Championships through injury and last year’s event to prioritise his mental health. He began swimming competitively again in October and had qualified fastest for last night’s final with a time of 58.60sec.
However, he was only able to clock 59.10 in the decisive race as American Nic Fink led from start to finish to win in 58.57, ahead of Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi in 58.84.
‘I pushed it a little bit too far in that first 50,’ added Peaty. ‘But it’s great to race some of the best in the world and get used to heats, semis, finals again.’