Swimmer Adam is in top form for his Gold Coast Games challenge

STAFFORDSHIRE-BRED Olympic champion Adam Peaty is set for action at the British Swimming Championships in Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool this week.

For many of Britain’s elite swimmers it will be their final serious competitive action before heading out to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.

Adam, 23, started 2018 on a high note by bettering the 50-metre breaststroke record of 27.02 he set at last year’s Luxembourg Euro Meet, clocking 26.94 on his return to the event in January. He is the World and European record holder for the distance with a time of 25.95.

It was the first of two gold medals at the meeet Adam who went on to win the 100m breaststroke final, clocking 59.62 ahead of his Great Britain rival Ross Murdoch in second place, who returned 1:00.62.

The former Painsley College, Cheadle student will be heading Down Under in defence of the 50m and 100m breaststroke titles he claimed for England on his Commonweatlh debut in Glasgow Games in 2014.

It was the year Adam, a native of Uttoxeter, who now lives in Leicestershire, to be closer to his Loughborough training base., established his position in the world’s elite.

He stepped up from his Glasgow glory to grasp four golds for GB – including the 50m and 100m breaststroke double – at the European Championships, in Berlin, where he broke the 50m breaststroke world record in the process.

Last year, Adam became the most successful British male swimmer at any World Championships when claiming three medals in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. 

He broke the world record twice on the way to the 50m breaststroke title, becoming the first athlete ever to go sub 26 seconds. He also took the global title in the men’s 100m breaststroke and rounded his week off with silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay on the final race of the championships.

The previous year Adam had made history at the Rio Olympics when he not only became the first member of Team GB to take gold in Brazil, he was also the first male Olympic Champion swimmer since 1988 to claim the men’s 100m breaststroke title.

His world record breaking win at the Games earned him the accolade of Best Male Swimming Performance of the Rio 2016 Games by FINA.

Adam, who is coached by Melanie Marshall, national lead coach Loughborough, is now the holder of 23 international and national gold medals, and an six silver and one bronze.

Melanie has been Adam’s guiding light since his time with the City of Derby club, ahead of him made his sensational debut on the senior international scene.

Among those eagerly following Adam’s progress at the Gold Coast Games will be members of the Dove Valley Swimming Club, in Uttoxeter, where Adam gained his first taste of competitive swimming as a youngster.