Adam Peaty was one of Team GB’s brightest prospects for success in the pool at Rio 2016 and the World, European and Commonwealth champion duly delivered.
The Staffordshire-born swimmer broke his own world record in the 100m breaststroke final, touching home in a time of 57.13s to claim Team GB’s first medal at Rio 2016.
Peaty then doubled his medal haul as part of the men’s 4x100m medley quartet which took silver.
He first emerged as a star in 2014 when, after taking three medals at the Commonwealth Games, he then shone at the European Championships in Berlin to claim four gold medals and clinch the 50m breaststroke world record in the process.
In 2015, he claimed three gold medals at the World Championships in Kazan and once again set a world record pace over 50m, backing this performance up with two golds and a silver in Budapest two years later – including two more world records over 50m.
In the wake of his triumphs in Rio, Peaty became the most successful British male swimmer at a World Championships in Budapest in 2017 after claiming a fifth world title – he broke the world record twice en route to the 50m breaststroke title while also winning the men’s 100m breaststroke, as well as silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
In 2018, Peaty continued to shine, defending his 100m breaststroke title at the Commonwealth Games, as well as winning silver in the 50m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay.
Returning to Glasgow for the European Championships, Peaty was the man to beat once again – and he promptly proved insurmountable in the 100m breaststroke, setting a new world record of 57.10 seconds as he stormed to gold.
He also won the 50m breaststroke title while his haul also contained two more relay golds as Peaty played his part in success in both the 4x100m medley relay and 4x100m mixed medley relay.