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Rio Olympics 2016: Adam Peaty Blasts His Way To Britain’s First Olympic Gold

World record. Boom!

08/08/2016 03:11 | Updated 08 August 2016

Adam Peaty has blasted his way to Britain’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio - smashing the world record in the process and giving early risers in the UK good reason to have set their alarm clocks for 3am.

The 21-year-old from Uttoxeter won the 100m breaststroke in an astonishing 57.13 - beating the record he set a day earlier. For context, he was 1.5 seconds clear of his nearest rival, a huge difference.

Brits watching at home generated the #UpAtThreeForAdamPeaty, which started trending as just before his final - scheduled at 2.53am BST.

There was delight from all quarters after the two-lap triumph ...

... from fellow gold medal Olympians ...

... the rest of Team GB, who loved it ...

... and, most importantly, his family. Here’s #OlympicNan ...

... and his parents and girlfriend ...

Just minutes later, Team GB’s Jazz Carlin bagged a superb silver medal for in the 400 metres freestyle final. It already beats the country’s performance in the pool in London.

Here’s the Peaty triumph in pictures: 

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