The 25-year-old, world record holder in 50 and 100 metres breaststroke, was delighted when he was offered the loan of a 5.7m long SwimFit 'flume' pool to use during the coronavirus lockdown.

The world and Olympic champion had been limited to working out in his garage and doing a daily run as he works towards next year's postponed Tokyo Games.

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"It isn't exactly my favourite thing," the 1.91m tall swimmer, who weighs 86kg, told the Times newspaper on Friday. "I'm not built to run."

Peaty, who is due to become a father in September, was left high and dry after his regular full-sized training pool at Loughborough University was closed five weeks ago.

"It makes a big difference to be in water," said Peaty, who can swim in the pool with tethers against a current. "I can practise my technique just as I can in a big pool and I work on buoyancy and getting high out of the water.

"I'm in there for an hour a day seven days a week until we can get back to our pool.

"I'm just feeling the water and building that base up. It's a bit like back to square one."

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