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Adam Peaty admitted the Tokyo Games “don’t look like the Olympics” after going through his 100m breaststroke race before a second expected gold medal on Monday morning.
The reigning champion looked generally dominant on his first competitive outing in Japan, qualifying the fastest to the semi-final in a time that was his eighth fastest time but still faster than any other swim in history. .
Peaty, however, is a swimmer who thrives on the excitement of crowds and he admitted it felt odd to perform in front of a largely empty Tokyo aquatic center.
“It’s a quick pool – (but) really weird without a crowd, really weird,” he said.
When asked why it was weird, he replied, “Because there are no crowds. It doesn’t look like the Olympics. It’s not the same thing. But obviously when you return to the Village, that’s when it happens. So it’s about controlling all those emotions and playing when it’s important. These are the psychological things we have to adjust to. I had no idea how it was going to feel there. I’m glad the cobwebs are out now.
Athletes find new ways to cool off as Tokyo bakes during heatwave
par Tom Morgan
Air conditioning units have been adapted to keep stuffy tennis players cool during what could turn out to be the hottest Olympics on record.
Meanwhile, road cyclists had ice packs tucked into their lycra suits as opening day events used high and low tech solutions.
With temperatures reaching 35 ° C in recent days, the Tokyo Games are already putting the technology of the organizers to the test. Team GB are among the athletes who have swallowed Bluetooth pills so that doctors can monitor their temperature. However, technology hasn’t stopped Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva, 23, from passing out in the intense heat.
Earlier this week, experts said Tokyo’s heat and humidity could pose a significant threat to competitors.
Amid efforts to mitigate tennis risks, stewards deployed mini air conditioning units with makeshift plastic ducts directed at Team GB’s Heather Watson during her breaks.
Watson also placed an ice pack on her head in her one hour and 49 minute first round loss to Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.