Olympic champion Adam Peaty bidding to be Michael Phelps of breaststroke

    Peaty broke the 100m breaststroke world record in winning gold at Rio 2016

    Story highlights

    • Michael Phelps in awe of British swimmer
    • Peaty tipped to be unbeaten all career
    • Likened to "Ed Moses of the pool"

    (CNN)Olympic champion Adam Peaty remembers the turning point in his life as if it were yesterday. That moment when he morphed from a teenager preparing for a night out drinking with friends to an elite athlete determined to become an unstoppable force in the water.

    Five years ago, Peaty was a 17-year-old about to set off for a night in his hometown of Derby when he checked his mobile phone.
      It was then that he noticed that Craig Benson, a fellow Brit whom he had competed against throughout the age levels, was about to compete at the London 2012 Olympics.
        In that instance, Peaty changed.
        "It was then I realized I wasn't taking it seriously enough," the 22-year-old tells CNN.

        'One of the grossest swims I've ever seen'

          By Rio 2016, the Briton's transformation was complete. He made such waves at the Rio Olympics, that Michael Phelps -- the most decorated swimmer of all time -- was opened mouthed at his world record-breaking performance in the 100m breaststroke.
          "It's one of the grossest swims I've ever seen. I'm just glad I don't have to race him," said the American, the owner of 23 Olympic gold medals.
          Peaty has some way to go to match Phelps' achievements, but the Englishman has made no secret of his desire to be the Phelps of the breaststroke.
          In the final of the 100 meters in Rio, Peaty won by 1.56 seconds in a race often decided by a fingertip. A mere second separated the remaining seven swimmers in the final.
          Five-time Olympian Mark Foster believes his fellow Briton is so good, he will remain a dominant force in the pool until he decides to hang up his swimming goggles.
          "As long as he stays fit and injury free, I can't see anyone touching him until he retires," Foster told CNN ahead of the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. "He's that good."

          Physiologically gifted

          Adam Peaty
          It was during London 2012 that Peaty and his coach Mel Marshall, who by then had been teaching the swimmer for three years, devised a plan to ensure he would be the best in the world in four years' time.
          For Foster, he argues the talent was always there but the hard work was the missing ingredient.
          "He's obviously physiologically gifted," adds the former world champion. "He's not a coordinated athlete necessarily, but breaststroke was just what he was born to do and he works incredibly hard at it."