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Olympics - Peaty to focus on 100m breaststroke in Tokyo

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Olympics - Peaty to focus on 100m breaststroke in Tokyo

LONDON (Reuters) – Olympic 100 metres breaststroke champion Adam Peaty has ruled out adding the 200 metres to his schedule at next year’s Tokyo Games.

The Briton had talked about possibly targeting two individual medals by adding the longer distance but told the BBC on Monday he had decided against.

“I want to focus on pushing the boundaries in the 100m,” said the 24-year-old breaststroke specialist ahead of the British swimming championships that start in Glasgow on Tuesday.

“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,” he added.

Peaty holds the world record in both the 50 and 100m breaststroke but the shorter distance is not on the Olympic programme.

He has spoken in the past about “Project 56” – the challenge to beat the world record of 57.10 seconds he set at the European championships in Glasgow last August and take the time below 57 seconds.

“I’ve changed my mindset and don’t really talk about ‘Project 56’ now, but it’s looking nice,” he told the BBC. “I’m pleased with the progress, so that progress will show at the World Championships or Olympics.”

The 2019 world aquatics championships are in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)