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Adam Peaty

Olympian

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Birthdate

28/12/1994

Hometown

Uttoxeter, UK

Career Highlights and Awards

2014 Commonwealth Games
Gold: 100m Breaststroke
Gold: 4x100m Medley
Silver: 50m Breaststroke
2014 European Championships
Gold: 50m Breaststroke
Gold: 100m Breaststroke
Gold: 4x100m Medley
Gold: 4x100m Mixed Medley
2015 World Championships
Gold: 50m Breaststroke
Gold: 100m Breaststroke
Gold: 4x100m Mixed Medley
2016 European Championships
Gold: 50m Breaststroke
Gold: 100m Breaststroke
Gold: 4x100m Medley
Gold: 4x100m Mixed Medley
2016 Olympic Games
Gold: 100m Breaststroke
Silver: 4x100m Medley

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Adam made history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when he became the first British man to win an Olympic swimming Gold medal for 28 years, since Adrian Moorhouse in Seoul 1988.

He went on to win a team Silver medal on the final night of competition in Rio, which was British Swimming’s best ever Olympics since 1908.

As a very young child, Adam was terrified of water. He hated the pool and used to climb up his mum’s arms whenever they went swimming.

Fear eventually turned into a passion for swimming, and a school swimming gala led to him joining Dove Valley Swimming Club at the age of 10, and then at 14 he trialled for City of Derby.

His Freestyle was a disaster, but his Breaststroke got him noticed.

At 15, Adam decided he wanted to devote himself to swimming. Fifth place in the 200m Breaststroke at the 2012 European Junior Championships in Antwerp was followed a year later by the British trials for the World Championships where he narrowly missed out on a spot for Barcelona.  A few weeks later he broke under the minute mark for the 100m breaststroke for the first time at the ASA National Youth Championships.

Missing out on world titles in Barcelona only spurred him on and he made his senior international debut at the European Short-Course Championships in Denmark in December 2013. This was followed by Gold in the 50m breaststroke and Silver in the 100m and 200m at the British Championships in April 2014.

A few months later, aged 19, Adam was the break-through star at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. After winning Gold for England in the 100m breaststroke, he won Silver in the 50m and added another Gold medal with victory in the Medley Relay.

Following Glasgow, Adam arrived in Berlin for the 2014 European Championships and swept all before him. His haul of four Gold medals a driving force behind Team GB’s best European performance in history.

Adam won Gold in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and the 4x100m Mixed Medley and 4x100m Medley Relay. In the process setting a new World Record of 26.62 seconds in the 50m.

Following a stellar 2014 and a solid winter training, Adam continued his phenomenal form with a dominant performance at the British Championships in London in April 2015. Having won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke on the opening night and qualified for the Kazan World Championships, Adam went on to become the first man to go under 58 seconds for the 100m Breaststroke, setting a new World Record of 57.92s.

Adam continued to dominate and at the 2015 World Championships in August, he became the first British swimmer to win three Gold medals at a single event, and the first man in World Championship history to clinch the 50m and 100m Breaststroke double.

On his way to victory in the 50m, Adam set a new World Record of 26.42s. He followed this up with another Gold and World Record as part of the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay squad.

At the 2016 European Championships in London, Adam successfully defended his titles to win four more Gold medals in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and the 4x100m Mixed Medley and 4x100m Medley Relay.

Three months later at the Olympic Games in Rio, Adam made history when he became Olympic champion in the 100m Breaststroke, winning GB’s first medal of Rio 2016 and smashing his own world record in the process with a time of 57.13 seconds.

On the final night of competition in Rio, Adam raced to a Silver medal in the 4x100m Medley Relay – with the fastest Breaststroke split in history of 56.59s – making this the best ever Olympics for British Swimming since 1908.

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