Adam Peaty creates history again as he wins gold to defend 100m breaststroke Olympic title

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Staffordshire swimming sensation Adam Peaty has successfully defended his Olympic 100-metre breaststroke crown after winning gold at Tokyo 2020.

The Uttoxeter-born athlete becomes the first Brit ever to retain a swimming title at the Games.

The 26-year-old clocked a time of 57.37 to add to his first gold at Rio 2016.

After being fastest in qualifying, Peaty stormed the final yet again to bring home Team GBโ€™s first gold medal of the Olympics.

Speaking to the BBC post-race he said: “It means the world to me.

“It is not about who is the best all year round, it is who is the best on the day. It is about who is adaptable and who wants it more.

“When it comes down to it I am not racing for a time, I am racing myself.

“I want to say thank you to my family, my gorgeous partner and gorgeous son.

โ€œThis victory wasn’t mine, it was the British team’s and my family and friends’. I am just so relieved.”

Peaty continues his dominance in the pool, having not lost at this distance for over seven years.

He finished the final sixth-tenths ahead of the rest of the field.

The world-record holder has recorded the 16 fastest times in the 100-metre breaststroke.

Congratulations come in for Peaty

Peaty began his journey to stardom at Dove Valley Swimming Club in Uttoxeter.

Chairman John Plant told of his delight about their former member becoming a two-time Olympic champion.

“Whether it was club championships, county championships of the regional midland championships, Adam was always fighting for it and that was his love – competition,” he told Sky News.

“And that’s what’s really kept him going over the years to become what he is today, which is a world and Olympic champion. What a brilliant day.”

Mum Caroline tweeted her joy at seeing her son win yet another gold medal at the Games.

“So glad thatโ€™s over, blood pressure must be through the roof,” she said.

“Our house was so quiet, we couldnโ€™t breath. We are beyond proud @adam_peaty love u loads (sic).”

Elsewhere in the race, fellow Brit James Wilby finished fifth while Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands took silver and Italyโ€™s Micolo Martinenghi, bronze.

Peaty will now start preparing for the menโ€™s 4×100-metre medley relay, the heats of which start on Friday.

He will also likely compete in the new mixed 4×100-metre medley relay as well, which begins on Thursday.


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