Peaty Wins Team GB’s First Gold

There was great news from the pool for Team GB in Rio overnight as Adam Peaty claimed our first gold medal in the 100m breaststroke.

Adam Peaty

After beating his own world record in the heats, Adam went on to smash the record again in the final; leaving the rest of the field behind with an astonishing time of 57.13.

In taking gold, Adam has become the first British male in 28 years to win an Olympic swimming title, and from his very first heat it was hardly in doubt. Laying all of his cards on the table from the off, Adam left his competitors in no doubt about what they were up against and from the boy who had a fear of the water, it really has been a miraculous rise to the top tier of the podium.

There was more joy for Team GB just minutes later as the second medal of the Games was collected, this time a silver in the 400m freestyle for Jazz Carlin. With USA’s Katie Ledecky steaming ahead to take gold in a new world record time, Jazz held off the challenge of Ledecky’s fellow American Leah Smith to take home the silver in her first appearance at an Olympic Games.

A fantastic night in the pool for Team GB on day two in Rio and we now look forward to day three and beyond to see which of our competitors to claim a medal and what other amazing stories will be made at the Olympic Games.