WORLD SWIMMER OF THE YEAR (2015)
EUROPEAN SWIMMER OF THE YEAR (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
GOLD: 100M BREASTSTROKE (2016)
SILVER: 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY (2016)
GOLD: 100M BREASTSTROKE (2014, 2018)
GOLD: 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY (2014)
SILVER: 50M BREASTSTROKE (2014, 2018)
SILVER: 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY (2018)
GOLD: 50M BREASTSTROKE (2014, 2016, 2018)
GOLD: 100M BREASTSTROKE (2014, 2016, 2018)
GOLD: 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY (2014, 2016, 2018)
GOLD: 4X100M MIXED MEDLEY RELAY (2014, 2016, 2018)
GOLD: 50M BREASTSTROKE (2015, 2017)
GOLD: 100M BREASTSTROKE (2015, 2017)
GOLD: 4X100M MIXED MEDLEY RELAY (2015)
SILVER: 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY (2017)
2015 World Swimmer of the Year and four-time European Swimmer of the Year Adam Peaty made history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when he became the first British man since Adrian Moorhouse in Seoul 1988 to win an Olympic swimming Gold medal. Adam went on to win a team Silver medal on the final night of the competition in Rio, which was British Swimming’s best ever Olympics since 1908, and led to him receiving an MBE as part of the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
Adam’s first major success came aged 19, where he was the break-out star at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning Gold for England in the 100m breaststroke and Medley Relay, followed by a Silver in the 50m.
Adam’s emergence on the world stage continued at the Berlin 2014 European Championships, winning Gold in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and the 4x100m Mixed Medley and 4x100m Medley Relay. A sign of things to come, Adam’s dominant 50m Gold saw him set a new World Record of 26.62 seconds in the 50m. His overall haul of four Gold medals was a driving force behind Team GB’s best European performance in history.
Following a stellar 2014 Adam’s phenomenal form continued at the 2015 British Championships, setting his second individual World Record in the 100m with a time of 57.92 seconds, the first man to ever go under 58. This dominance continued at the 2015 Kazan World Championships in August where Adam set yet another a new World Record in the 50m, posting a time of 26.42s. His powerhouse performance saw him become 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.
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.
2017 was a similarly outstanding year for Adam, competing as far afield as Indianapolis to Tokyo and culminating in the FINA World Championships in July, where he won Gold in the 100m, 50m and Mixed Medley. Posting a time of 25.95 seconds, the 50m semi-final also saw Adam become the first man to complete the course in under 26 seconds while once again breaking his own World Record.
The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games saw Adam successfully defend his 100-metre breaststroke title, setting a Games record time of 58.84 seconds during the semi-final. Adam further added to his medal tally by claiming a silver in both the 50-metre breaststroke and the 4×100 metre Medley Relay.
This success continued at the European Championships, with Adam taking home 4 gold medals and breaking his 11th world record with a time of 57.10 seconds in the 100-metre breaststroke. Now holding the eleven best times in the 50m breaststroke and the fourteen best times in the 100m ever, Adam’s phenomenal accomplishments at the European Championships also meant that he became the first ever British three-time quadruple champion.
As a young child, Adam was terrified of water. He hated the pool and used to climb up his mum’s arms whenever they went swimming. This 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.