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Adam Peaty voices fears over tackling drugs cheats

By Steve Simpson

Published 12/08/2015

Adam Peaty
Adam Peaty

Britain's triple World Championship gold medallist Adam Peaty says he has concerns about being beaten by a drugs cheat in the future.

The 20-year-old took gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, plus the 4x100m mixed medley in Russia last week.

And while he has faith in the UK's anti-doping efforts, he claims other countries are less strict.

"People are sceptical about nations out there and whether they are clean," said the Derby swimmer. "All I can do is improve my times and hope I don't come second to someone who dopes."

Peaty broke the 50m breaststroke world record at the World Championships, as well as helping Britain to its best-ever total of nine medals at the event.

But he was beaten to the award of male swimmer of the meet by Sun Yang, who pulled out of the 1,500m freestyle final after winning gold in the 400m and 800m freestyle and silver in the 200m.

Sun, 23, was banned by the Chinese Swimming Association last year for three months after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

"I don't know what's gone on," said Peaty, who says he was tested "seven or eight times" during the championships.

"But it's disappointing to see that he was let off so cautiously.

"It's not a good message - it's not (just) Sun Yang, it's doping as a whole. People will think 'if I can dope why do it the hard way?'"

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