Swimmer Adam Peaty won United Kingdom’s first gold medal at this edition of the Olympic Games in the 100m breaststroke on day two of the Rio de Janeiro sporting event.
The 21-year-old British swimmer is, at the moment of speaking, one of the most impressive competitors in the country in any sport, and with his great performance at the Aquatics Stadium he also set a new world record time of 57.13 seconds in men’s 100m breaststroke.
Second and third place were occupied by South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh and USA’s Cody Miller, respectively.
Interestingly enough, Peaty was afraid of water as a child, but he is now the first man to win gold for Great Britain in the pool for 28 years, as this feat as last accomplished by swimmer Adrian Moorhouse back in 1988 in Seoul.
Swimming out of lane 4, the young British athlete, who is at his first Olympic Games, dominated the competition and managed the three fastest 100 breasts ever. He clocked a 57.55 second time in the prelims and then backed it up with another astonishing swim of 57.62 in the semifinals.
He’s now looking forward to the 400 medley relay on the final day of the competition for his second chance of winning a medal.