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Peaty takes mental health break

August 03, 2021

TOKYO: British Olympic swimming star Adam Peaty said he had been under a “huge amount of pressure” as he explained his decision to join other top athletes in taking a mental health break.

Peaty defended his men’s 100m breaststroke crown in Tokyo and also won gold in the 4x100m mixed medley relay and silver in the men’s 4x100m medley. The 26-year-old referred to the struggles of US gymnast Simone Biles and England cricketer Ben Stokes as he expanded on his move to take time away from the pool.

Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles, 24, has pulled out of multiple gymnastics competitions in Tokyo over a mental block, and Stokes is taking an indefinite break from all cricket. “It isn’t a normal job,” Peaty tweeted Monday, suggesting he had received negative comments over his decision. “There is a huge amount of pressure. Money does not buy happiness.

“I’m taking a break because I’ve been going extremely hard for as long as I can remember. I’ve averaged 2 weeks off a year for the last 7 years. Unfortunately there are people out there who think they know you more than you know yourself.”