Great Britain won their first medal of Rio 2016 as Adam Peaty took gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke final with a world record.
The 21-year-old from Uttoxeter broke his own world record by winning in 57.13 seconds.
Peaty is the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal since Adrian Moorhouse, who won the same event in Seoul in 1988.
“It’s so surreal to get Team GB’s first gold,” Peaty told BBC Sport.
“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.”
London 2012 champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won silver while Cody Miller won bronze for the USA.
Peaty, who was already world, European and Commonwealth champion, emulates the achievement of fellow Britons Duncan Goodhew (Moscow 1980) and Adrian Moorhouse (Seoul 1988) in winning 100m breaststroke gold.
It took five days for Britain to win their first gold at London 2012 but Peaty’s medal came on the second day of action in Rio.
‘He has got everything’
Moorhouse, who dominated British swimming in the late 1980s, believes Peaty’s physical and mental attributes sets him apart from his rivals.
“He is very good at turning threats to opportunities,” he 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.”
Who is Adam Peaty?
Peaty, who still lives with his parents in his hometown of Uttoxeter in Staffordshire and was afraid of water as a child, is the current Commonwealth and world champion.
The City of Derby swimmer took two golds at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and has also won eight European golds and three world golds.
Peaty became the first man to go under 58 seconds in the 100m breaststroke at the world trials last year, setting what was then a world record of 57.92s.
He was shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2014 and 2015.
Olympic Nan – Peaty’s super fan
Peaty’s grandmother Mavis, or Olympic Nan as she has called herself, is becoming a bit of a star on social media.
Mavis has been following her grandson’s exploits in the pool from her home in Staffordshire and has also been showing her enthusiasm on Twitter.
Since Sunday morning, she has gone from 106 followers to more than 2,000.
After Peaty qualified for the final, Mavis told BBC Radio 5 live: “Caroline [Adam Peaty’s mum] had to phone me because I said: ‘I can’t get this telly on’. I couldn’t get the red button going. Then I thought I know what I can do – my iPad. So I got the BBC up on my iPad and I watched it on there.
“Since I’ve been going to watch Adam, it’s given me a new life, a different life, that I never dreamed of. I’ve loved every minute of it. I can’t wait for tonight.”
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