Britain’s Adam Peaty broke his own world record for the second time in two days as he blasted to Olympic gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke on Sunday.
The 21-year-old world champion touched the wall in a time of 57.13 seconds, smashing the mark of 57.55 he set in the Rio heats on Saturday’s opening day of competition.
Peaty, who was scared of water as a child, became the first British man to win Olympic swimming gold since Adrian Moorhouse’s victory in the same event at the 1988 Seoul Games.
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh, the defending Olympic champion took silver behind Peaty in 58.69 and American Cody Miller the bronze in 58.87.
But Peaty was never seriously threatened, despite an ordinary start, and the Briton celebrated by letting out a roar of delight after breaking the lengthy Olympic title drought for British male swimmers.