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Adam Peaty continues rapid rise

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You would be forgiven for not yet being familiar with the name Adam Peaty, however it is fast becoming a household name and an icon for British sporting achievement.

He first gained a true following just last year, when a fresh-faced adolescent was seemingly thrown in at the deep end by being named part of the swimming team for the Commonwealth Games.

Many thought he would crack under the pressure, yet he left with not only a huge new found fanbase, and also three medals (two gold and one silver) from four events, beating Olympic champion and world record holder Cameron Van der Burgh in the 100m breaststroke.

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Impressed? This was merely the start: he was now a regular British swimmer and was taken to both the 2014 World and European championships - bringing in three silvers in Doha and four golds in Berlin.

Peaty also has two world records to his name after these performances, and several British records that only he himself has broken multiple times. These incredible achievements are made all the more impressive the fact he managed all this at the age of just 19.

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Like many other young starlets dubbed for greatness - namely Ian Thorpe - who have an incredible start to their careers yet seemingly peak to soon, Peaty is on the top of his game as a teenager while most swimmers have their most successful stints around the age of 25.

Is this to suggest Peaty may already be past his best? Absolutely not, just days ago on April 17 Peaty broke another world record - smashing the previous 100m breaststroke record by over half a second with a stunning performance.

This implies the young European champion is still getting faster with experience and age, and gives hope to British swimming success for years to come.

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