Tokyo 2020: Adam Peaty to take break from swimming as he comments on Simone Biles & Ben Stokes’ mental health struggles

Tokyo 2020: Adam Peaty to take break from swimming as he comments on Simone Biles & Ben Stokes’ mental health struggles

TEAM GB Olympic hero Adam Peaty has revealed he will take a break from swimming.

Peaty has won two gold medals at Tokyo 2020 but will now take some time out of the pool to protect his mental health.



Peaty highlighted the recent breaks from their sports of Simone Biles and Ben Stokes to focus on their mental health.

The 26-year-old will take time out from the sport before turning his attention towards the World Championships next year and the Paris Olympics in 2024.

The Team GB star said: "You’ll see people who are falling off, who go all the way through ISL [International Swimming League] and all the way through World Cups and by the time they get to Paris.

"You’re seeing it in all sports now. You’re seeing it with Simone Biles, you’re seeing it with Ben Stokes, mental health matters and it is about getting the balance right at that elite level.

"The amount of time that has been taken away from me with my partner and my boy – he doesn’t know it – but I want to make that time up. I’m going to enjoy it and recover."

Peaty has won two gold medals and a silver at this summer's Olympic Games on Tokyo.

He became the first Brit to retain his Olympic swimming gold after winning the 100m breaststroke in Tokyo.

Gymnastics superstar Biles withdrew from the women's team final and the all-around final after struggling with her mental health.

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The US athlete has also opted not to compete in the floor final and has yet to decide if she will participate in Tuesday's beam final.

Cricket star Stokes has taken an indefinite break from the sport to focus on his mental health.

Stokes has pulled out of England's squad for the series against India starting this week.


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