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Adam Peaty set to miss World Championships after fracturing his foot

‘Devastated’ Olympic champion Adam Peaty says he is focused on building up his strength for this summer’s Commonwealth Games after being forced to withdraw from the World Championships with a broken foot.

Peaty suffered the fracture while training in the gym during a camp in Tenerife and has been advised to rest for six weeks meaning he will sit out the World Championships which are due to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from 18 June to 3 July.

In a statement published on social media, Peaty said: “Earlier this week whilst training in the gym, I fractured a bone in my foot.

“I have been advised to rest for six weeks which unfortunately takes me out of contention for the FINA World Championships in Budapest next month.

“I’ve fortunately never had to deal with an injury in my swimming career so this is a real blow and a new challenge for me.

“But I am surrounded by a superb team who will support and guide me through this period and get me to where I need to be.

“I’m already in great hands and starting to recover but, honestly, I’m devastated. I work extremely hard and have dedicated my life to my training so I can be the absolute best I can be in the pool.

I will be back in the pool

“I was on track for a huge summer so, like when anything doesn’t go according to plan, it’s a really challenging time.

“I won’t compromise my recovery and I will use the time to reflect on what the sport means to me and what it feels like to watch someone else win a race I should be in.

“It’s not going to be easy! That said, I wish all the best to my competitors.

“I’ll never shy away from a challenge but, on this one, I’ve got to use my head more than my heart.

“I will be back in the pool as soon as I can be, with my focus now on recovering and building up my strength ahead of the Commonwealth Games this summer.

“I’d like to thank the Tenerife Top Training management team for their amazing support and getting me to the hospital as soon as they could.

“I’ll be flying home early from camp today so I can be home with my family and start the recovery process.”