Two Medals in Twelve Minutes for Team GB

By Zoe Conville on August 8th, 2016 - comments

Adam Peaty, coached by Lincolnshire’s Mel Marshall, is an Olympic swimming champion.

Early this morning Team GB swimmer Adam Peaty broke his own world record to take the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the Olympics Aquatic Stadium in Rio.

Peaty, who had already broken a world record in the heats with a time of 57.55 seconds, swam even faster in the final, finishing 1.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field with a time of 57.13 seconds.

Peaty is the first British man to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming since the Seoul 1998 games when Adrian Moorhouse won gold in the same event.

Adam’s coach, former GB swimmer Melanie Marshall, who was born in Boston, has been recognised for her impeccable coaching skills since she retired at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Mel has been honoured with the British Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016, was named Swimming World magazine International Coach of the Year and was also nominated for the Coach of the Year at the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Just minutes after Adam secured gold, Jazz Carlin from Wales took second place in the 400m freestyle final, doubling Great Britain’s medal tally with an impressive swim time of 4:01.23.

Earlier in the day fencer Richard Kruse came close to a medalling in the Men’s Foil competition, narrowly losing to out to Russian Timur Safin – the final score was 13 – 15.

Lizzie Armitstead looked strong in the Women’s Road Race too, but dropped off in the final stages, coming 5th overall.

Despite a strong start for Wimbledon champ Andy Murray in the Men’s tennis singles, he and brother Jamie were beaten in the first round of the doubles competition.

Day three of the Olympic Games gets underway later, and with Team GBs women in the Rugby sevens final, and Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow, chances of Team GB increasing its medal tally look promising.

Find a schedule of all of today’s sports on the BBC website.