Great Britain earned their first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by clinching gold in the men’s 100 meters breaststroke final.
Twenty-one-year old Adam Peaty won the gold medal in the 100 meter men’s final, completing the contest in 57.13 seconds. With this, Peaty smashed his own world record to set a new one.
This is the first time in 28 years a British swimmer won the Olympic gold in the event. Adrian Moorhouse won the same event in Seoul in 1988.
“It’s so surreal to get Team GB’s first gold,” Peaty said, as reported by BBC News. “I came out tonight and took the first 50 easy and came back with everything I have got. I did it for my country and that means so much for me.”
With his latest victory, Peaty has beaten his own world record twice in three swims. He also made seven fastest swims in history. Reigning champion Cameron van der Burgh finished second, completing the swim in 58.69 seconds.
The son of a supermarket caretaker father and nursery manager mother, Peaty had a fear of water growing up – so much so that he would scream in the bath, the Daily Mail reports.
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Moorhouse lauded Peaty, speaking highly about how the latter’s mental and physical attributes gives him an edge over others.
“He is very good at turning threats to opportunities,” Moorhouse said. “He has the technical ability and talent to do this and can then cope with the pressure of the moment and put a bubble around himself and say, ‘You know what? I should be here’. He has got everything.”
While it took Great Britain five days to earn a gold medal in the London 2012 Olympics, this time, Peaty helped the country to a win in two days.
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