Great Britain’s Adam Peaty entered Sunday’s 100 meter breaststroke final as the clear favorite to win the gold medal, as he broke the world record in the prelims with a time of 57.55 seconds.
What do you do for an encore? In Peaty’s case you put forth a dominant showing in the final, winning the race in 57.13 seconds and breaking his own world record. Peaty won by the largest margin of victory in the history of this event at the Olympic Games, beating South Africa’s Cameron Van Den Burgh by 1.56 seconds.
The previous record for largest margin of victory: 0.49 seconds, by Nobutaka Taguchi in 1972. Peaty is the first male swimmer from Great Britain to win gold since Adrian Moorehouse won the 100 breaststroke in Seoul in 1988.
Van Den Burgh finished the race with a time of 58.69 seconds, with Cody Miller of the United States winning the bronze. Miller finished the race in 58.87 seconds, which is a new American record. Fellow American Kevin Cordes finished fourth with a time of 59.22 seconds.