Adam Peaty’s astonishing record career as a Team GB star confirms his legacy as Britain’s BIGGEST swimmer and best breaststroke EVER after the triumph of the Tokyo Olympics
It has now come to the point where it takes longer to take stock of Adam Peaty’s record-breaking career than it does for the 26-year-old to swim 100 meters.
The Uttoxeter-born superstar had an edge over his closest rivals as he headed for a second Olympic gold medal, five years after his triumph in Brazil.
His time of 57.36 seconds was only his fifth fastest, but for Peaty, his glory in Tokyo is certainly higher than his success at the 2016 Rio Games.
Adam Peaty confirmed his legacy as Britain’s greatest swimmer ever after his Tokyo gold
The 26-year-old became the first British swimmer to ever defend his Olympic title
“I’m just so damn relieved,” he told the BBC. He later told reporters, ‘I didn’t care about my time. That race was mine to lose. Everyone knew, I tried not to think about it.’
If Brazil was Peaty’s coming-out party, Japan was the chance for the 26-year-old to cement his legacy as Britain’s greatest swimmer ever and greatest breaststroke in history.
The 26-year-old is a five-time world record breaker, three-time world champion and now two-time Olympic breaststroke champion alone, while his win in Tokyo makes him the first and only British swimmer to defend his Olympic title.
Peaty has broken the 100m breaststroke record five times, won eight world championship golds, sixteen European golds and three Commonwealth golds during his illustrious career.
In total, Peaty has won eight golds in the world championships, 16 golds in the European championships, three Commonwealth golds and the 16 fastest times in breaststroke history.
At one point in his career, Peaty held the 20 fastest times in breaststroke history until Arno Kamminga set a time of 57.92 seconds in April. The Dutchman is only the second man (behind Peaty) to clock a time of less than 58 seconds.
“Going under 58 seconds is something special, I know that now,” said Kamminga. “But going 57-low is the next level and we all have a long way to go to get there. What he’s doing, 56 seconds, that’s just insane.’
Peaty is unbeaten in seven years and his rivals have seen his victories from afar
Despite his claim that ‘no one is invincible’, Peaty’s rivals must regard the Briton as a man who cannot be beaten. In fact, the 26-year-old has not lost a 100m breaststroke in seven years – one of the longest wins in swimming history.
While Peaty’s medal win cannot rival Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, the Briton is as dominant in his discipline as the two Olympic greats and is destined to be placed in the same category as the American and Jamaican.
Peaty is approaching a decade of breaststroke dominance and plans to return for Paris 2024 where he is sure to arrive with more records added to his tally.