Great Britain’s Adam Peaty won the 100m breaststroke gold medal competing in his first Olympic Games. He did so in world record time, racing to 57.13 seconds; the win marked the largest margin of victory ever in this event: 1.56 seconds.
He already lowered the world record, his own, in the preliminary heats on Saturday.
In Saturday’s preliminary heats, Peaty chopped four tenths of a second off his own world record.
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh captured the silver, after winning 2012 Olympic gold in the event. Team USA’s Cody Miller, also racing in his first Olympics, claimed the bronze medal.
Team USA’s Kevin Cordes – also a rookie at these Rio Olympics – finished in fourth place with 59.22 seconds.