Adam Peaty was named the 2016 British Swimming Swimmer of the Year award winner on Saturday evening at the British Swimming Awards at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
Peaty was Britain’s lone Olympic gold medalist in swimming, winning the Brits’ first Olympic gold medal in any sport of the 2016 Rio Olympics. He was also the first British male to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming since the 1988 Olympics – coincidentally in the same 100 breaststroke.
He broke the World Record in the 100 breaststroke twice in Rio – first in prelims (57.55) and again in finals (57.13).
He’s now been 1.3 seconds faster in the event than any swimmer in history and has the 7 fastest times ever swum in the event. Peaty was already the world’s best sprint breaststroker coming into the 2015 season (he broke the World Record in 2015), but his legend grew when his start turned from the weakest part of his race to one of the best in the Olympic final. That evolution, combined with his success, earned his coach Mel Marshall the Coach of the Year Award on Saturday.
Full List of Award Winners:
- Swimmer of the Year – Adam Peaty
- Para-Swimmer of the Year – Bethany Firth
- Diver of the Year – Jack Laugher
- Swimming Coach of the Year – Mel Marshall
- Para-Swimming Coach of the Year – Danny Thompson
- Diving Coach of the Year – Ady Hinchcliffe
- Synchro Coach of the Year – Katie Chapman
- Water Polo Coach of the Year – Andy McGinty
- Swimming Emerging Athlete of the Year – Freya Anderson
- Para-Swimming Emerging Athlete of the Year – Eleanor Robinson
- Diving Emerging Athlete of the Year – Vicky Vincent