Coach MARSHALL in tears after PEATY's 'beautiful moment'
GLASGOW - While Adam PEATY (GBR) was hauling himself on the lane ropes to celebrate lowering his own 100m breaststroke world record to 57.00 seconds, his coach Mel MARSHALL (GBR) was in tears poolside.
PEATY has worked with MARSHALL since he was 14 when he joined the City of Derby club, where the double Olympian was excelling in her first coaching position.
Nine years on and the partnership is one of the most successful in sport, let alone swimming, with MARSHALL having guided PEATY to Olympic, world and Commonwealth gold - and now, nine European titles. He is also the 50m breaststroke world record holder.
Saturday's world record was his fourth over 100m since, in 2015, becoming the first and so far only man inside 58 seconds.
"That for me was more emotional than Rio (2016 Olympic Games)," said MARSHALL. "Last night is the most emotional I've been. Did I cry? They really fell out."
PEATY had been unbeaten since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow until South Africa’s Cameron VAN DER BURGH eclipsed him in the 50m breaststroke at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
For both swimmer and coach, it was a "massive learning curve".
MARSHALL said: "After you have gone on that big journey once and there is four years to the next one, it's like, 'How do you play your cards and make sure you plan it out? How do you keep him even interested and all that sort of stuff?'.
"The Commonwealth Games was a difficult one for him to go through but this was the year to explore things in terms of what works, what doesn't work. For him it is all about chapters and he has had amazing chapters and last night was just a very, very special moment."
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