Adam Peaty became the first British swimmer to retain their Olympic title after winning Team GB’s first gold medal of Tokyo 2020 with victory in the men’s 100m breaststroke.
The fastest man to ever compete in breaststroke was a huge hope for gold and hit the expectations of a nation, stopping the clock in 57.37 seconds to become double Olympic champion.
With eight world titles, 16 European titles, the 16 fastest times in history and having broken the world record on five occasions, Peaty’s standing in the pool was never in doubt.
And a second Olympic gold medal was nothing less than what was hoped for from the 26-year-old, becoming Team GB’s first champion of a Games for the second time having achieved the feat in 2016.
Peaty has long hard a target on his back in the world of breaststroke swimming.
For seven years he has been undefeated in the 100m discipline, while he is the only person to ever clock a time under 57 seconds.
For some, that would be a fearful place to be but Peaty is a man who relishes the challenge.
Source: Team GB