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BREAST OF BRITISH

HE WON OLYMPIC GOLD IN THE 100M BREASTSTROKE IN 2016 — TEAM GB’S FIRST IN RIO — AND HOLDS THREE WORLD RECORDS. NOW, THE AMAZINGLY BUILT ADAM PEATY TELLS US ABOUT AN EARLY HATRED OF THE WATER, HIS WORK ETHIC AND INSPIRING OTHERS

On a recent trip to Indianapolis, Olympic gold-medal-winner Adam Peaty noticed that his fellow competitors were filming his underwater performance. He shrugged and took the sneaky tactics in his stride. At 6ft 3in, weighing 89kgs during race days, and with a tiny waist, epically broad shoulders, huge hands and flexible knees, he’s a natural-born swimmer. And last year he smashed world records at the Rio games.

It’s hardly any wonder that his rivals want to copy his unique style after he became the first man to dip under 58 seconds in the 100m breaststroke in 2015 — a record that was only broken when Adam himself cut the time to 57.13secs in Rio, securing team GB their first gold in the process. And with all the talk in swimming now on Peaty’s “Project 56,” he’s too far ahead of the pack to worry about anyone copying him.

When we first meet the 22-year-old Staffordshire native, we’re squeezed into a taxi with his girlfriend — sorry guys, he doesn’t swim our stroke — as we head to the photoshoot. He’s about to step up his training in preparation for the World Championships in Budapest, where he hopes to break that 56secs record. He tells us about his gruelling training regime, how it felt to win Olympic gold and why swimming is more about brains than brawn.

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On the cover, Adam Peaty, the first British Olympian to win gold at the Rio Olympics. Plus: Amini Fonua, the Tongan swimmer who famously challenged a homophobic attack from the media at the Rio Olympics; an exclusive look behind the scenes at GCHQ and the new generation of gay men following in Alan Turing’s footsteps; ten years of queer Glastonbury with an exclusive look at the history of The NYC Downlow; and writer Juno Dawson on why she thinks lots of gay men are really trans women.
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