SW: PEATY (GBR) - 'I was born to race and really come to life in a home arena'
GLASGOW - Comments from Great Britain's Adam PEATY (GBR) after setting a championship record of 57.89 seconds to qualify first in the men's 100m breaststroke heats at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Friday.
Adam PEATY (GBR)
On his performance:
"Mel (coach Mel MARSHALL, GBR) said to me make a statement in the morning, don't invest too much emotionally, enjoy it. A home Games you always get that extra 100 per cent if you're me because I love the crowd and when they are cheering for me.
"Tonight I have got a job to do and an even more important job tomorrow (when the final takes place) but I’m feeling good, in very good shape so who knows what can happen."
On whether his own world record of 57.13s is in his sights:
"I've got a ban. I’m not talking about 56 (being the first man to swim the event in 56 seconds), I'm not talking about world records, I am just enjoying it and going back to the process, back to that process with enjoying it, and I have found that these past couple of months, and that could mean something special but I am not going out to break anything."
On whether he had a point to prove after being beaten for the first time in four years at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games:
"Yeah, I think so. I have always got that thing on my shoulder, that shroud of doubts in people's minds. And I want to replace that doubt with confidence and this is what I was born to do, I was born to race and in my arena, in a home arena, that is really where I come to life."
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