Adam Peaty has decided to miss the 200 metres at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will instead focus on retaining gold in his main event, the 100 metres.
The 2016 Rio Olympic champion has focused largely on shorter-course event in his career and told BBC Sport’s Nick Hope we felt he was too muscular to succeed in longer-distance as well:
“I want to focus on pushing the boundaries in the 100m. If you look at the 200m swimmers they’re all kind of skinny and long in their stroke and I’m the complete opposite. I’m quite muscly and have a short stroke, so to do all three (50m, 100m and 200m) would require different techniques and architecture of racing that I don’t think would be possible.”
Peaty, 24, will play a part in the inaugural International Swimming League later this year. He’ll also travel to the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea in July after securing his spot with victory in the 100 metres at the British Championships in Glasgow.