2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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Day 2 of these Tokyo Olympic Games saw British superstar Adam Peaty fire off a gold medal-worthy performance in the men’s 100m breaststroke.
Clocking a time of 57.37, the 26-year-old father of one touched in the only sub-58 second mark of the field, beating out Dutchman Arno Kamminga and Italian Nicolo Martingenghi who collected silver and bronze in performances of 58.00 and 58.33, respectively.
In reaching the top of the podium as he did 5 years ago in Rio, Peaty became the first British swimmer ever to successfully defend an individual Olympic title. Additionally, his outing here in Tokyo now checks in among his best-ever, ranking 5th with Peaty owning the top 16 performances of all-time in the event.
Peaty was visibly elated with his victory, showing more raw emotion than Rio, Gwangju or any other major international performance.
On his triumph, the Mel Marshall-trained Peaty said, “I haven’t felt this good since 2016! It just means the world to me.
“I thought I had the best possible preparation of my life, but then you throw in morning finals and you throw all that out of the window. That’s really what it takes to be an athlete – it’s not who’s the best all year round, it’s who’s the best on the day, who’s the most adaptable.
“This has closed a chapter for me, it was unfinished business. I want to say thank you to the nation for being behind me the last five years, thank you to my family, my gorgeous partner, my gorgeous son and my whole family back home, they’ve been with me every step of the way.
“This victory wasn’t mine. It was the British Swimming team’s, it was my family’s, it was my friends’, and those people I had to put to the sidelines for a moment because I knew it was going to take absolutely every bit of energy to get to this point.”
Peaty will compete as at least a member of the men’s 400m medley relay and may also be on the mixed medley, depending on the tactic of male/female order that the GBR coaching staff selects.