Britain’s pride as Adam and Jazz bring home silver and gold
Adam Peaty won gold and Jazz Carlin claimed a silver as Great Britain secured their first medals of the 2016 Olympics on day two in Rio.
Peaty, from Uttoxeter in the Midlands of the UK, smashed his own world record to win the 100m breaststroke in 57.13 seconds and end GB’s 28-year wait for a men’s Olympic swimming title.
The 21-year-old Olympian became the first British man to win a gold medal in the pool for more than quarter of a century in Rio, when he swam the 100m breaststroke faster than anyone else in history.
His family have constantly supported him and posted photographs by his family revealing his journey to the Olympic podium.
The swimmer’s girlfriend Anna Zair, mother Caroline and father Mark were all pictured shouting from the pool balconies, wearing ‘TeamPeaty’ t-shirts and waving flags.
But incredibly, his family has revealed how he used to be gripped with a crippling fear of water.
It was only, his mother Caroline confessed, when a family friend took him to a local swimming baths and ‘chucked him in’ that he managed to conquer it.
‘I don’t watch him dive in, I close my eyes,’ she told the BBC from Rio, after risking her first ever plane flight to get there. ‘It’s just in case something goes wrong. And then once he’s in the water I watch it.’
Jazz Carlin won silver in the women’s 400m freestyle just after Adam’s success.