Adam Peaty wins Team GB's first Olympic gold in Men's 100m breaststroke final

Adam Peaty has won Team GB its first Olympic gold medal of the Tokyo games with a storming victory in the Men’s 100m breaststroke final.

Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands won the silver and Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi took the bronze

Peaty went into the final full of confidence after clocking up the fastest qualifying time in the semi-finals, finishing in just 57.63 seconds at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

After his semi-final victory, Peaty, 26, said: “I knew what I needed to do. It really is about swimming in the semi-final. It’s not really about proving anything, putting any little markers down because I know a lot of energy (is needed) in the final.

Adam Peaty in action at the Tokyo Aquatics centre
Adam Peaty in action at the Tokyo Aquatics centre

“Every day has new challenges, new victories. As long as the sun rises and my eyes are open anything can happen. Obviously Olympic finals are Olympic finals but I’m the best racer in the world and I’m looking forward to it.”

“I love to race, I’m a scrapper and I know when it comes down to the last 15 I’ve got something no one else has got. It’s just seeing how that replicates in the final.”

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