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tv   Adam Peaty  BBC News  July 18, 2021 7:30pm-7:46pm BST

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will be remembered as one of the all—time greats. tom o'connor, who has died at the age of 81. you will probably have guessed this already, but to date has been the hottest day of the year so far in england and wales, with temperatures over 30 celsius. these were the scenes at lenglet bay in swansea earlier. the met office says temperatures peaked at 30.2 in cardiff, but if you throw the temperature reached 31.6. northern ireland and scotland both experienced their hottest day of 2021 yesterday. that office says the good weather will continue through the coming week. —— the met office says. not everyone likes it — we know that. let's take a look at the weather forecast with susan. hello. the weekend has brought a lot of sunshine and a lot of warmth to the uk. and the week ahead will continue to do so, at least until the very end of the week. we have seen a bit more cloud
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pushing into the northern half of the uk, particularly into scotland and northern ireland through sunday, and some cooler air working in here, too. that will mean perhaps a more comfortable night, though, with temperatures in the low teens. for england and wales, it stays very muggy and humid. 18, 19 the lows as we move into the small hours of monday. monday daytime, a little more cloud down the north sea coast, should burn off through the day. the cloud tending to thin out across scotland and northern ireland and temperatures here pushing up a couple of degrees on sunday as maximums, whereas i think it willjust be a touch cooler but far from chilly, as you can see, with temperatures in the high 20s across england and wales. but here's our week ahead. we carry on with high pressure until we get to thursday, but looking changeable friday onwards. hello. this is bbc news. the
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headlines. the german chancellor visits the region in west germany hit by devastating floods. she says the world must hurry in its fight against global warming and pledges aid for rebuilding the area quickly. the uk prime minister and chancellor have made a rapid u—turn and announced they will self—isolate after being identified as contacts of the health secretary who was at the positive for coronavirus. the afghan government withdraws its staff from islamabad after an attack on friday on the ambassador's daughter. two athletes and an official at the tokyo 0lympic official at the tokyo olympic village have tested positive for coronavirus. this five days before the beginning of the olympic games. now we go behind the scenes as adam prepares for the tokyo 0lympics. legacy is something that you can't create. it creates itself.
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i just want to be the best. come on! come on, daddy! adam peaty takes olympic gold for great britain! ijust had mad dreams last night. i haven't raced in, like, so long. i had dreams of getting beat. a year in, it's like a siege. delete that bit! two seconds. there's been news about the olympics being on and then off and then on and then off. it doesn't really change anything for us. keep building, keep getting faster, fitter. just two lengths, isn't it? when you are best in the world, you do think of people beating you. it's natural. i have a target on my back, i've had a target on my back for the last six years, seven years now. and you've just got to be one step ahead of the opponent. adam peaty! at the age of 21, adam peaty
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became olympic champion. now he is back in the water preparing to defend his gold medal. he will swim like he's being chased, and that's because he is. you have let us into your home. you've been filming for us for months, and we are at the point now where we're ready to wave you off. i've just said to myself, treasure these moments because we'll never get this back. it's been a very, very enduring and hard two years, because there's been highs, obviously there's been lows, there's been times when i ask why i even do this, because it's so demanding. when yourjob requires you to be extremely disciplined and extremely focused 365 days of the year, that is not normal. so, i have just had to completely sweep the whole drive sunday night, training on a monday morning.
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i'm not used to this, really, cos injanuary, for about six weeks, we go to australia and it's normally about 35 degrees, a0 degrees on the gold coast and now it's about —3 and we've got about a good two foot, three foot of snow. this is what you have to do. you check your availability. i've already done it this morning. put training, tick. "how do you feel physically?" physically normal. "past14 days, any contact with covid—19?" "anyone in your household got covid—19 symptoms?" then sleep, stress, energy, soreness, if you've got any of them, and you do that in the morning before you turn up. check the thermometer. and you go in. in sport, i think you need to believe in yourself and back yourself, because no one else is. when it's quiet, when the blocks and you take your marks and go, it's complete dead silence.
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you need to be right in your mind saying, look, i'm going to beat any one of these here and, for me, you have to work on those mindset skills every single day. was that good on the last one? to me, it's not what you are doing is impressive, but to me it's the journey and how you do it. how real do the olympics feel? how near, how close? really close. i think we've spent a long time in the dark with covid and all the restrictions and everything, so just starting to get close now and getting really excited about going. i've said to the athletes, we need to go and get what we deserve this summer. you've got 25 seconds! i think the nhs has taken care of health, and it's sport'sjob to take care of hope. we really have to go and represent this country and represent that people have found a way to still achieve things and make progress even though it's been really, really difficult. for the average person, - they probably would be terrified, but for adam, knowing that he's
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going to inspire so many- is such an exciting feeling for him. so, i've arrived in manchester. i'm just going to wait in the car now for, like, a few minutes whilst we've been given certain slots to go into the hotel. so, i think i'm 3pm until 3:30pm. it's creepy i'm in a car filming right now. i don't know why i have so many cases. only a coach. don't need that much. this is the line for the covid test. you'll not be beaten by a pandemic. and my number. you will not be beaten. i'm going to wait in here now. we're free to roam, i guess. well, not even free to roam. good evening, manchester. obviously downstairs we have to wait in line and get, like, a takeaway meal, and this is nowhere near enough food for me. what do they think i do? that is just not enough food, is it? it looks lovely, though. there is the man -
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himself, adam peaty. the greatest breast—stroker of all time _ i think emotionally, because there is no crowd or noise, even the coaches can't shout because of covid, so you are literally on the block and it is really quiet. you could hear a pin drop, but that is the thing, that if we create hard environments now, hopefully by the olympics, it will become normal. the mature approach now as an athlete, nowjust have to take each competition as it goes. my muscles are tired, my body is tired, but my mind is fresh. do you think you push too hard? is that in you? it's in my blood. it's ha rd—wired, unfortunately. my dad was like it. he was a brickie. i have always been like this in sport, i have always chosen the hard path. in my head, i would rather die than lose. if you want to be the best in the world, you've got to have that mentality. but it's how you use that to your advantage and don't get consumed by it. and some days, i think, as i'm getting older,
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now i have my own son... is about the balance. some days you're like, yes, it's ok to take a loss today and not be as hard on myself. i'm still training for a pandemic, i'm still trying to race for a pandemic and trying to make the most of what we've got every single day, and sometimes you get up and you think, what is the point? that's daddy! for me and george, we're the emotional support that adam needs. some separation from - the pool, somewhere he can come home and not have to talk about his technique and times . and stuff like that, _ somewhere he can escape from it. the olympics is obviously what i live for. so, today is moving day. i have literally forgotten my pants, my socks and spare trousers and everything else, so that was great.
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great start. we're literally 30 seconds from the new house, and it's very exciting. it took two days to pack up. there are butterflies in my tummy! george, are you excited? oh, my gosh, i feel so emotional. that's the messiest bit of the kitchen. there. honestly, this is why all the hard work is worth it. this feeling of having your own home, owning your own home and providing and having yourfamily in, i don't think anything can compare to that and i'm feeling more motivated than ever to push on now. the kitchen is a mess! how much has george changed you? i think having a son calms a lot of people down. i think, for me, it's more about broadening my vision and my purpose. excited for the olympics? yeah? for me, it's all about being
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the right role model, that every parent wants to be, they want to be the best person they can be so they look up to you. there'sjust such. a difference in him. i think it's an added motivation - as well for him to do well in sports and outside of sports, i because he has his son watching his every move, really. it takes a whole team effort to get the performance that we're going to need in the olympics, and you play a little part in that, too, don't you? but i also think in terms of motivation, i want to prove you can be a dad and you can be best performer in the world. people on comments and websites, they say he will not be the athlete he was meant to be because he has a child now. challenge accepted. overseas ticket—holders for the delayed tokyo games have been left disappointed after organisers confirmed the event will go ahead this summer without them. the announcement was this week that there will be no international visitors allowed
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at the tokyo olympics, which is disappointing as an athlete. the scenario is that, as an athlete, it's not going to be that you walk out and see tens of thousands of people, which is unfortunate. we have looked at sport and how it's adapted, you look at football and adapting without crowds. the olympics is still going to have that aura. can you explain to us what adam is doing now? is this sprints? this is basically his race—specific stuff, so he's trying to swim exactly how we would like to swim when it matters. how has adam's year been? talk about a whirlwind. he's become a father, he's had to survive a pandemic, he's had lockdowns where it'sjust been him and his partner and obviously george all in a house. peekaboo! i've already qualified for the olympics, but it's about putting down some good times and seeing
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where we're at and a bit of rest. you've grown so much! you have! really, it's all about the europeans and olympics and stuff then. peaty gets the gold, and that was a masterclass in swimming. - i love you so much! what can adam achieve this summer? the best thing to do is to wait and see. i know he has prepared really well, had to battle through the challenges of sport within a pandemic, i know he has given me 110%. not long now until the olympics. igoin... actually, george is here. hello! i go to the olympics in four days. we're in yokohama, and i will miss my little boy, my family, but it'll be amazing and i have a good feeling that i have a good performance in there. i willjust enjoy it and have such a smile on my face, like george. hello! yeah?
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he said, "daddy's going to go really, really fast." we love you and no matter. what happens, we're so proud of you and we're looking. forward to cheering you on. so, i'm going to show you what goes into packing for the olympics. potentially, this bag is going to be my weighted blanket. i still have to put my pillow in here. taking my weighted blanket because i sleep better with a weighted blanket. mel says you're going to carry hope with you. yes. and i think i want to prove to people back home that, yes, we've been out of the water and haven't had the perfect preparation. we haven't done all competitions we normally do, but i will show fury and if you can see that and one person wakes up that day and says, i will do better today, myjob is done.
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