Adam Peaty’s fight to get fit and read the oath

Twenty years after winning silver in the 2002 Manchester pool, Mel Marshall he is the head coach of a team of 48 england team squad – your charge adam peat among them, at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

A pioneer in the pool, Marshall is that rare thing: a woman who has guided a man to every title available to him and beyond – a dizzying success that has been recognized when the Loughborough coach was asked to read the oath at the Opening Ceremony on July 28. .

The swim program will run July 29-Aug. 3 with Peaty seeking his third consecutive 100-meter breaststroke title and first 50-plus silver behind. cameron van der burgh in 2014 and 2018.

However, the three-time Olympic champion’s participation was in doubt after he broke his foot while training in Tenerife.

The 27-year-old was doing a side lunge with a band when he over-rotated his foot, landing on his side and breaking his fifth metatarsal.

“You heard it snap,” Marshall told Swimming World. “It was one of those rare things.”

Peaty initially tried to walk away, but soon realized he had hurt himself, something that scans and an MRI confirmed.

Marshall said:

“People have probably forgotten that I had five months off and when you have five months off if you’re trying to come back for a World Championship in June, you’re against the block in terms of making the weeks count.

“And we got him to a decent place in April and then we went to Tenerife and I knew we had turned the corner, where he was in that space, right, we’re in that territory again, doing that back-end pace, front-end speed. -end joining, technically you look good, your body mass is in the right place, I thought perfect, we’re going to be fine.

“I thought we had a week left here to move on and then obviously we had the foot problem.

“It’s sport, these things happen: you win, you lose, you get injured.

“I think it was the enormous effort we put in in a short time, emotionally and physically, to prepare for the Worlds in June. Having that opportunity taken away from me, that really felt like a kick to the stomach.

“We had our tears and we sat by the ocean a little bit and tried to really get over it.

“It was hard, it was challenging, but you have choices in life, don’t you? You can be beaten or you can try to do your best in a difficult situation, which is what we try to do.”

Mel Marshall and Adam Peaty Walking on Fire: Photo Courtesy:

Aside from breaking a finger before the national age groups many years ago, Peaty has never had to deal with a major injury.

Team Peaty came together to make sure he was getting conditioning in areas he couldn’t swim in, he had a custom cast made with his 100m world record of 56.88 engraved on the back and British Swimming Medical Director Kate Jordan, assured that a foot specialist was available.

It was a gigantic team effort.

“Everyone stepped in and did the extra shift,” Marshall said. “We had to create a training program that would simulate what he normally does but without the ability to do what he does.

“Rob Norman, the strength and conditioning coach, our physio Ben, our analyst Emma, ​​and the physio Ange, everyone was really fabulous.”

In just seven weeks they managed to get Peaty to a place where he could be competitive with the European Championship starting August 11 in Rome.

Given his lack of preparation and racing this season, Marshall is cautious.

“We have to be realistic;

“We are committed to doing our best in terms of Commonwealths and building through that. He has only run twice this year; normally he would have had seven long-distance encounters.

“We’re going to use the home crowd, use Birmingham, it’s an opportunity, isn’t it? He didn’t think he would be here in terms of a return to fitness and he just has to use the matches to try and get the best of himself that he can.”

Manchester, 90 Mel and a diverse technical team

Adam Peaty, Mel Marshall and Luke Greenbank: Photo courtesy of Mel Marshall

Marshall was part of the England 4×100 freestyle quartet that won silver 20 years ago in Manchester, four years before claiming six medals at the 2006 Commonwealths in Melbourne, Australia.

She remembered the well-intentioned support of friends……..

“Twenty years, don’t tell me that! I almost remember the intimate nature of the crowd because Manchester had a low ceiling, they put up bleachers.

“I remember my partner, she basically put ‘Go Mel’ backwards on a banner to make it look like ’90s Mel.’

“I remember the two of us with some iffy paint on a terrible sheet because I was a student at the time. Them just hanging out with that terrible sign, it’s all stories like that.

“And it’s a family occasion, isn’t it? And the city bustles.

“As with London, I remember being there and working for BBC news and the whole city was buzzing and I think in the wake of what we’ve all been through, getting people to support sport and buzzing areas around their around is excellent. ”

Now Marshall leads a contingent of female coaches with Lisa BatesJacquie Marshall and Lauren Jocelyn on the terrace of the England team pool bonding Dave McNulty, Dave Hemmings, Jamie Main, Ian Hulme Y Dale Euan – the magical eight as she calls them.

She said:

“From a swimming perspective, that will be the most diverse and representative team that has ever been sent to a major Games – it represents sexuality, it represents gender, it represents race, everything and I am so proud to have those people.

“Because they’re great, but also one of the main goals of the Commonwealth Games is diversity and I think we’ve really achieved that with the skill set that we have in that group and their stories, for sure.”

Reading of the oath and female representation

Marshall will join the likes of Duran Duran at the Opening Ceremony to read the pledge, a commitment to the values ​​of the Commonwealth.

“Eighty thousand people and me, like an Elton John concert.”

In a week in which the England women’s football team reached the European Championship final, Marshall once again took pride in raising the profile of women in sport and beyond.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call. I am very happy: again, I only think from a sporting perspective: it is not about my ego at all, but if it is me who represents that we have great women, I think that is really positive.

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