Adam Peaty Obliterates World Record, Wins First Olympic Gold Medal


After breaking his own world record of 57.92 in the prelims yesterday in 57.55Adam 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.



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Cody Miller and most of the field (not peaty) are clearly doing multiple dolphin kicks. This is evident not only by the underwater video, but also by the fact that peaty is killing Miller off the start then Miller miraculously catches him with his pull out. How can we stop this, it’s unfair and undermines the whole field. Also imagine how fast peaty would be if he did the dolphin kicks.


He doesnt need dolphin kicks to go under 57. I bet he could be low 56 or high 55 next time around.


A question about the rules; Can a breastroke swimmer go past the 15 mtr mark off the start?

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A non-e mouse

This is the most absurd swim of all time. 2.3% faster than next best performer… Better than Ledecky’s 8 free (for now)


One thing I’ve noticed, van Der burg’s apparently changed his style, between this meet and the world champs in 2015. Hands don’t come out of the water completely and comes out of the water more with his head and torso. Race strategy also looks more controlled. Anyone else noticed this?

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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