Who Is Adam Peaty? British Swimmer Wins 100m Breaststroke Gold Medal
On Sunday, August 7, the first British gold medal of the Rio Games was won by Adam Peaty in the 100m breaststroke. It was the first time in 28 years that a British male has collected Olympic swimming gold. He also beat his own world record.
Peaty is 21 years-old
He was born on December 28 1994 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. He lives with his parents and trains at the City of Derby swimming club, Repton School and Loughborough University.
He swims the 100m Breaststroke
He beat his own world record in the Rio Olympics with a time of 57.13 secs. It was a second faster than anything he achieved prior to the Games. Peaty and his coach Melanie Marshall had felt 57.3 secs was the fastest he could possibly swim; to go lower was an almost impossible possibility.
Peaty’s gold medal is the first for a British male since 1988
Adrian Moorhouse won the gold medal in the 100m Breaststroke at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Peaty is coached by Melanie Marshall and mentored by Rebecca Adlington
Marshall’s own international career saw her break the British 200m freestyle record and claim six Commonwealth medals at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.
Adlington won two gold medals swimming in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Peaty has said, “We’ve spoken quite a few times about what the Olympics is like but no one can describe what it is like until you have been in there.”
He eats 6,000-8,000 calories a day
Peaty told the Telegraph
“During a tough winter training block I can eat 6,000-8,000 calories a day to fuel all my training and recovery. I have to get through a heck of a lot of food but I try to keep things interesting by eating my protein on a cycle – for example, steak on Monday, chicken on Tuesday, and fish on Wednesday. I get through a lot of scrambled egg and piles of veg and rice too. I live with my parents so that is helpful but after spending seven weeks training in Australia I got pretty handy with the Cajun spices in the kitchen.”
Training can be painful
“My most painful training session is when I am training at my heart-rate max. That means my body cannot physically work any harder to get the blood pumping around my body. It normally involves lots of 50m or 100m sprints with really short recoveries. Sometimes after a session like that you cannot physically move but you have to go and do a gym session too. By the end of the week you are practically in your coffin.”
In his spare time
“When I am out of the pool I try not to think about swimming or even talk about it much with my parents. I love hanging about with my dog or going for long walks or just playing computer games. You can’t just think about swimming 24/7 because the lifestyle is intense enough.”
His grandma is on Twitter
Peaty's granmother, Mavis Williams, is founder of the #OlympicNan movement. Her bio, reads "Proud Nan to a World Champion Breaststroker."
— BBC Get Inspired (@bbcgetinspired) August 8, 2016
Peaty's personal bests
50m breaststroke: 26.42 (2015, Kazan) - WR
100m breaststroke: 57.55 (2016, Rio) - WR
200m breaststroke: 2:08.34 (2015, London)
4x100m mixed medley: 3:41.71 (2015, Kazan) - WR
His 100m best, set in his first ever Olympic swim - the heats of the men’s breaststroke - was an improvement upon his own world record.