Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre breaststroke
|Men's 100 metre breaststroke|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Peaty on his way to a gold-medal finish
|Venue||Olympic Aquatics Stadium|
|Dates||6 August 2016 (heats &|
7 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||46 from 38 nations|
|Winning time||57.13 WR|
Great Britain's Adam Peaty defeated the field with a new world record to become the country's third gold medalist in this event, since Duncan Goodhew topped the podium in 1980 and Adrian Moorhouse in 1988. He jumped to an immediate lead, and never looked back, charging ahead of the field with his trademark high stroke rate to lower his own world record at 57.13. Peaty's time also gave him the largest margin of victory in the event's Olympic history, sparing 1.56 seconds over South Africa's defending champion Cameron van der Burgh, who won a silver in 58.69. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Cody Miller overcame his rib condition to set a new American record of 58.87 for the bronze medal, edging out his teammate Kevin Cordes (59.22) to fourth by 0.35 of a second.
Backed by a raucous home crowd, Brazil's João Gomes Júnior managed to pull off a fifth-place finish in 59.31, almost a tenth-second margin ahead of Japan's Yasuhiro Koseki (59.37) and his countryman Felipe França Silva (59.38). Swimming on the outside lane, Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Balandin rounded out the final with an eighth-place time in 59.85. For the first time in Olympic history, all eight finalists finished the race in less than a minute.
Earlier in the prelims, Peaty established a new world-record time in 57.55 to lead all swimmers for the top seed, not only clipping 0.37 seconds off his own standard one year earlier, but also erasing van der Burgh's 2012 Olympic record by almost a second.
Notable swimmers missed the final roster, including Australia's Jake Packard, Peaty's teammate and 2015 world bronze medalist Ross Murdoch, Lithuania's Giedrius Titenis, and Hungary's Dániel Gyurta, who elected not to do the swimoff with New Zealand's Glenn Snyders (a matching 1:00.26) on the morning prelims.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Adam Peaty (GBR)||57.92||London, United Kingdom||17 April 2015|
|Olympic record||Cameron van der Burgh (RSA)||58.46||London, United Kingdom||29 July 2012|
The following records were established during the competition:
|6 August||Heat 6||Adam Peaty||Great Britain||57.55||WR|
|7 August||Final||Adam Peaty||Great Britain||57.13||WR|
|2||5||Kevin Cordes||United States||59.33||Q|
|3||6||João Gomes Júnior||Brazil||59.40||Q|
|6||2||Ross Murdoch||Great Britain||1:00.05|
|7||8||Glenn Snyders||New Zealand||1:00.50|
|1||4||Adam Peaty||Great Britain||57.62||Q|
|2||3||Cody Miller||United States||59.05||Q|
|3||6||Cameron van der Burgh||South Africa||59.21||Q|
|4||5||Felipe França Silva||Brazil||59.35||Q|
|6||8||Christian vom Lehn||Germany||1:00.23|
|4||Adam Peaty||Great Britain||57.13||WR|
|3||Cameron van der Burgh||South Africa||58.69|
|5||Cody Miller||United States||58.87||AM|
|4||2||Kevin Cordes||United States||59.22|
|5||1||João Gomes Júnior||Brazil||59.31|
|7||7||Felipe França Silva||Brazil||59.38|
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