Adam Peaty wins first Olympic gold and breaks world record again

  • Peaty delivers first gold of 2016 Games for Great Britain in 100m breaststroke
  • Twenty-one-year-old smashes own record for second time in two days

On a sultry night in Brazil the expectant supporters of Team GB finally had every excuse to go nuts. The first British gold medal of the Games is safely in the bag but Adam Peaty’s storming success in the 100m breaststroke carries far more significance. Not for 28 years has a British male collected Olympic swimming gold, a long watery drought if ever there was one.

And how spectacularly did the dam finally burst, courtesy of another of those buccaneering displays the bullish Peaty now specialises in. He did not so much see off the assembled field in the aquatics centre as swamp them with his sheer class and irresistible power. As he swept into the final 25 metres, his own world record about to obliterated, even the illustrious, sepia-tinted ghosts of Adrian Moorhouse, Duncan Goodhew and David Wilkie were left trailing in his wake. His final time of 57.13 is more than a second quicker than anything he achieved prior to Rio.

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