2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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- Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
After breaking his own world record of 57.92 in the prelims yesterday in 57.55, Adam Peaty of Great Britain backed it up with the 2nd fastest swim ever of 57.62 in the semi-finals last night, but tonight he went one better. Swimming out of lane 4, Peaty dominated the field, clocking 57.13 for the gold and another unbelievable world record.
This is Peaty’s first Olympic Games, and he has started off with a bang posting the three fastest 100 breasts ever. He’s now 1-for-1 in Olympic finals, and will look to the 400 medley relay on the final day of competition for his second shot at a medal.
Peaty is now 1.33 seconds faster than the second fastest performer ever – Cameron van der Burgh, who was 58.46 four years ago to win gold.
van der Burgh won silver in 58.69, while American Cody Miller won bronze in 58.87, an American record.
Peaty also becomes the first male Brit to win a gold medal in Olympic swimming since 1988 in Seoul, where Adrian Moorhouse also won gold in the 100 breast.
Peaty is now the only swimmer to ever crack 58 seconds, and he’s done it four times. Here’s a look at the splits from those four swims:
- 2015 British Championships: 27.04 (30.88), 57.92
- 2016 Olympic Games: 26.69 (30.86), 57.55 (Prelim swim)
- 2016 Olympic Games: 26.71 (30.91), 57.62 (Semi-final swim)
- 2016 Olympic Games: 26.61 (30.52), 57.13 WR
Also of note was Peaty’s proximity to the 50 breast world record, just 0.19 off his own mark of 26.42 set in Kazan last year.
In addition to all of his accolades, Peaty now owns the 7 fastest swims in history.