11 Aug ‘Bring back Superstars’: Adam Peaty calls for Team GB’s Olympic champions to compete on TV show | UK News
Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty has called for the return of TV show Superstars so all the champions of the Tokyo Games can compete against each other at “multiple disciplines”.
The 26-year-old won Team GB’s first gold medal at this summer’s games and became the first British swimmer to successfully defend an Olympic title.
Peaty used Twitter to appeal for the return of Superstars, a programme which first aired in the UK in the 1970s and sees athletes from across the sporting spectrum compete against each other.
He wrote: “We need to bring back superstars, put all the Olympic champions together and see who wins out of the multiple disciplines.”
We need to bring back superstars, put all the Olympic champions together and see who wins out of the multiple disciplines 🤷🏼♂️
— Adam Peaty MBE (@adam_peaty) August 10, 2021
Superstars was briefly revived by the BBC in 2012 following the success of Team GB and the Olympics in London.
Rowing’s coxless pair champion Helen Glover won the women’s championship, while Olympic boxing champion Anthony Joshua picked up the men’s title.
Team GB ended Tokyo 2020 in fourth place on gold medal finishes and with 65 medals in total – just two short of its record-breaking performance in Rio in 2016.
The individual performance in the pool from Peaty, who is from Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, was one of the early highlights of the Games and he dedicated the victory to the GB swimming team and his family.
He swam a time of 57.37 to just miss his own world record in the 100m breaststroke final, but still secure victory. Peaty also won gold in the mixed 4x100m medley relay.
The triple Olympic champion, who also won silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay in Tokyo, described how the gold medal victory meant “the world to me” and how he had “felt the pressure”.