Aug. 6, 2016
"I wasn't even pumped up in call room but as soon as I walked in its like 'fight or flight' and I chose to get something out of it. That's how it is. You can either be shy of the arena or take advantage of it. Going down that first 50 I knew it was fast. It wasn't until 25m to go that the crowd started to roar and I heard it." Adam Peaty - Great Britain.
This pretty much sums up how you want your athletes to react when put in a situation where you have to perform. We train up and down the pool for hours, days, years, but nothing can prepare you for walking out at an Olympic Games. It's really a natural response. Can you control the nerves and relax or will they get the better of you. Adam Peaty showed us all how to do it today, and broke a world record in the process.
It was an amazing first day of racing and I can't wait for tomorrow where Marcelo gets his first chance to race in front of the home crowd. Men's 4x100 free goes off at 3pm local time.