adam peaty mbe is an olympic, world, european and commonwealth champion as he continues to dominate and lead the way in the men’s international breaststroke, having become the first british to defend an olympic title in the pool in tokyo 2020.
adam continued his dominant streak at the british swimming championships in 2022, taking two gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Despite a foot injury that will see him miss the World Championships, the Loughborough Performance Center swimmer will be looking to return to full form when the Commonwealth Games and European Championships take place later in the summer.
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the tokyo 2020 olympics turned out to be another unforgettable event for peaty, who won three medals in three events. Starting individually, he successfully defended his 2016 Rio Olympics 100m breaststroke title in a comfortable victory, becoming the first Briton to defend an Olympic title in the pool in the process. this was followed by another gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay in what was a world record time. adam rounded out his time at the games with a silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay, finishing just shy of another gold medal despite an impressive breaststroke swim leg in the second part of the event.
peaty, one of the biggest names in world swimming, maintained his perfect record at the european championships by completing the ‘quadruple quadruple’ of the men’s 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 4x100m medley relay and medley relay titles 4x100m medley at the 2021 meeting in budapest earlier in the year, he briefly managed each of the 20 fastest times ever recorded in the 100m breaststroke.
Peaty raised his world championship gold medal tally to eight in gwangju in 2019, while defending his 50m and 100m breaststroke double, breaking his own world record in the latter event in the semi-finals by setting a time of 56.88 – and played his part in the victory of a men’s 4x100m medley relay. he also took bronze in the 4x100m medley relay.
The year before, the loughborough national center athlete maintained his control in the men’s 100m breaststroke event as he successfully defended his commonwealth games title to win gold for team england. in the 50m event, he was hit on the wall and took the silver medal. his breaststroke leg in the men’s 4x100m medley relay got the English quartet back in the race, and they eventually achieved a silver medal on the podium.
peaty’s third appearance at the european championships for britain in glasgow 2018 saw him complete the ‘triple quad’, thanks to a further four gold medals on the continental stage for the third consecutive time. those titles came in the categories of 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, men’s 4x100m mixed relay, and 4x100m medley mixed relay.
In 2017, Peaty became the most successful British male swimmer at any world championships after claiming a fifth world title in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and a personal total of three medals in the competition.
He broke the world record twice en route to the 50m breaststroke title, becoming the first athlete to go under 26 seconds. he also claimed the world title in the 100m breaststroke and capped off his week with silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay in the final championship race.
there was olympic history before peat bog, at the rio 2016 games. not only did he become the first team gb member to take gold in brazil, but also the first british men’s olympic champion in the pool since 1988, as he won the men’s 100m breaststroke title. Peaty also contributed to the impressive silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay, dropping the previous 100m breaststroke division by more than a second as he left Brazil as GB’s most decorated swimmer.
adam was subsequently awarded the best men’s swimming performance of the rio 2016 games by fina in light of his impressive olympic triumph, which had seen him break his existing world record in the heats and then again in the final for almost a second.
the european championships in may 2016 was a great olympic warm-up and a sign of things to come for peaty as he claimed four more titles, including two individual golds in the 50m and 100m breaststroke finals, as well as victories in two combinations. relays.
On his debut at the world championships in kazan in 2015, the uttoxeter-born swimmer took gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events, as well as being a quarter of the winning 4x100m medley relay team that broke the world record for a second time.
adam had a strong 2014 season as advertised and quickly cemented his position among the world elite, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 50m breaststroke for england on his commonwealth debut in glasgow, before claiming four golds, including the 50m and 100m breaststroke. double – at the european championships in berlin, breaking the 50m world record in the process.