Olympic champion Adam Peaty has admitted his “grief” after missing out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The swimmer participated in the final of the 100m breaststroke with the status of big favorite before the decisive race.
However, his failure to rank would be one of the sport’s biggest upsets with Buster Douglas’ victory over Mike Tyson in 1990, the Premier League title victory at Leicester City and Emma Raducanu’s victory at the US Open last year.
The 27-year-old is the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder in his favorite event, having gone eight years without losing.
This includes the impressive feat of never being beaten in a major final.
Unfortunately for Peaty, a dominant start that saw him hold the lead halfway crumbled as fellow Briton James Wilby walked away with the gold medal with a time of 59.25 seconds at the Sandwell Aquatics Center .
Zac Stubblety-Cook was second in 59.52 seconds and fellow Australian Sam Williamson third in 59.82 seconds, 0.04 ahead of fourth-placed Peaty, who finished just under three seconds shy of his personal best of 56 .88 seconds.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Peaty said.
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“I don’t see the point of doing something that I wouldn’t do as well, yet. We will see.
“I don’t know what was wrong. With 25m to go, I had nothing in the tank. Maybe it’s overexposure on the foot. Sometimes you just have a bad run, I can’t identify where I went wrong. There is a lot of debriefing to do. I need a full reset now.
“It was a slow final, I can’t remember the last time I was so slow. It just didn’t go well. Of course I’m disappointed, but that’s what makes you go faster next time.
“I’ve kind of lost that spark, whether it’s with my foot, but I’ll be looking to find it over the next few months and over the next two years (before the 2024 Olympics in Paris).”