ADAM PEATY reckons Team GB’s immense ‘belief’ was the catalyst for them setting a new world record in the mixed medley.
Team GB took gold this morning in the final of the inaugural mixed 4×100 medley at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Kathleen Dawson, James Guy, Anna Hopkin and Peaty turned in tremendous individual swims to finish the race in three minutes and 37.58 seconds.
A delighted Peaty told the BBC: “One word has changed the whole British team – belief.
“We believe we can win, we believe we can get world records.
“If you have belief you can build everything around that and we showed that tonight.”
He added: “Mel was just trying to keep me as calm as I can. I get a bit carried away especially when it’s for the team.
“That just proves that tomorrow is going to be another good race but right now it’s amazing to be a part of these amazing women and Jimmy.”
An elated Dawson said: “I was swimming my own race and it didn’t matter if it was against men or women.”
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The victory was a sweet one for Guy, who was forced to pull out of the 100m fly race.
He said: “Pulling out of the 100m fly – it really hurt me doing that.
“I probably could have medalled this morning with that split there but it paid off.
“Gold medal, world record – can’t beat that, especially with that team.”
Hopkin held her nerve in the final leg of the race to ensure Team GB took gold in the mixed event.
The 25-year-old said: “I was trying not to think about (American Caeleb Dressel chasing her down) it.
“I was trying not to think about how far ahead we were from them.
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“It’s just irrelevant when you’re in the water – you’ve just got to race.
“When I turned I saw I still had a good bit of water in front of me and I just went for it.
“It’s an amazing feeling and privilege to be in this team.”