151 Adam Peaty Facts: The Swimmer That Broke All Records

Aryan Khanna
Jan 04, 2023 By Aryan Khanna
Originally Published on Nov 30, 2021
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
If you look at the swimming events of the last decade, you will probably see a lot of Adam Peaty facts.

Adam George Peaty, a 26-year-old swimmer from Great Britain, specializes in the breaststroke form of swimming and has bagged multiple Olympic goal medals to date.

Adam Peaty has a long list of accolades; he has won all the major international honors: the Olympics, the World Championships, the European Championships, and also the Commonwealth Games.

He is only one of the five British swimmers to have won all the major gold medals, but at the same time, he is the only one to win all of these in the same single event.

Adam Peaty was born on December 28, 1994, and hails from Uttoxeter, East Staffordshire, England.

He weighs in at around 189 lb (86 kg) and has a height of 75 in (191 cm).

At the moment, Adam Peaty holds the world records for both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events. He has broken his own world record a total of 14 times!

Since 2014, he has created world records in the 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke.

He also became the first man on the planet to complete the 50m breaststroke under 26 seconds and the 100m breaststroke first under 58 seconds and then improved his own world record by completing it under 57 seconds, which is now a new world record time.

He participates in events such as the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke, 4x100 medley relay, mixed 4x100m medley relay, and many others.

Adam Peaty had a pretty ordinary early life, and he was the youngest of all his other three siblings.

Knowing that Peaty is a World Champion and has won gold medals at both the Rio Olympics and Tokyo Olympics, this might seem a bit absurd, but during the initial days of Adam's life, he was afraid of water as his brothers had told him that sharks might come up from the plughole.

However, in no time, Adam Peaty lost his fear when he joined swimming classes, and we all know about his journey since then.

Some people draw comparisons between him and Michael Phelps; the latter is the most decorated Olympian ever, but we can't compare their speeds as they participate in different swimming events.

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Fun Facts About Adam Peaty

We all know Adam Peaty as the first British swimmer to defend his Olympic gold at the Tokyo Olympics, after winning it for the first time at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

He is a well-renowned swimmer for holding multiple world records, holding the European Championship record, but there are a few facts which you might be unaware of about Adam Peaty, ranging from his early life to his likes, dislikes, and how he reached where he is today.

It was a friend of Adam Peaty who eliminated his fear of water. When Peaty was in his toddler stage, his mother used to take him to the swimming pool, but he wouldn't go in at any cost.

In fact, he was so afraid of water that he didn't even like to bathe or shower, but one day a friend of his accompanied him to the swimming pool, and something snapped; he was never afraid of water again.

Adam Peaty holds the Olympic title for multiple categories of breaststroke events and has also won multiple gold medals and silver medals, but he isn't very different from us when it comes to the world of television.

Adam Peaty, just like a large chunk of the world, is a fan of the series 'Game Of Thrones' and has watched all of its episodes.

At the same time, he takes great interest in some other TV series as well, including 'The Crown', 'Westworld', and on a lighter note, he loves to watch the sitcom 'Modern Family'.

Additionally, he also decided to step out of his comfort zone and sign up for the dance show 'Strictly Come Dancing' as a new challenge.

The British swimmer is also a dedicated family man and has a son named George with his wife, Eirianedd 'Eiri' Munro. The pair have been together for around two years after they first met at Loughborough University. Eiri is an artist by profession, hailing from Wales, who further completed her studies at Loughborough.

It isn't easy to create a world record multiple times, break it, win world championships, and win gold at every competition you participate in without abiding by a strict training regimen.

Peaty won a lot of gold and silver medals in multiple swimming competitions, and the biggest reason behind this is his dedication and his daily workout. Adam Peaty trains regularly for around six to eight hours a day.

Even during the Covid-19 lockdowns, when the swimming pools were shut, he was provided with a portable pool in his back garden so that he could continue training and stay on track for the Tokyo Olympics.

Adam is an inspiration for the entire athletic community, not just for his achievements and his dedication towards the sport but also for his humility and his good-hearted nature.

Peaty is respected for his consoling nature, most notably at the Tokyo Olympics, where he went and consoled the American swimmer Lydia Jacoby for her misfortune after her goggles slipped from her eyes onto her mouth just as she dived in.

Adam Peaty is also fond of tattoos and has described them as a way of telling a story, and the tattoos on his arms convey some meanings. Moreover, you might not be aware of this, but Peaty suffered mentally after losing in the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and was probably at his lowest ever.

He also enjoys pranks.

Facts About Adam Peaty's Accomplishments

Adam Peaty is most well-known for his performance in the Olympic games held in Rio and Tokyo.

He was an integral part of the British team in both years and bagged a total of three gold medals and two silver medals, smashing his own world record on the way as well.

In the Rio 2016 Olympics, Peaty won a gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke and a silver medal in the men's 4X100m medley relay. He increased this count at the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, where he bagged two gold medals, one in the men's 100m breaststroke and the other in the mixed 4X100m medley relay.

He also won silver that year at the Olympics in the men's 4X100m medley relay.

Adam Peaty's accomplishments started before his Olympic appearances, and his achievements aren't limited to wins at the Olympic games. Other than being an Olympic champion, he is also a World Champion and a European Champion.

Adam won his first-ever medal at the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships held in Sheffield.

In that competition, he won the bronze in the 100m breaststroke and bagged silver in the 50m version. It was the 2014 Commonwealth Games where Peaty shone brightest on his biggest ever competing stage.

He brought home a total of four gold medals, including a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke and a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke. He didn't look back and turned his attention towards the 2014 European Championships held in Berlin.

At this competition, Peaty broke the world record for the men's 50m breaststroke, writing his name in the history books. In 2015, Adam participated in the British Nationals and swam the 100m breaststroke in less than 58 seconds, breaking the existing world record and also making a new British record.

By the end of 2015, Adam was number one in the rankings of the 100m breaststroke and was also awarded World Swimmer of the year in 2015.

He achieved this feat in 2018 too. In 2015, Adam participated in the World Championships and became the first-ever British swimmer to win three gold medals in a single World Championship.

Debuting in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Adam Peaty became the first British male in the past 28 years to win a gold medal for his country.

In his final race, he created a world record in the men's 100m breaststroke, completing the race in 57.13 seconds. He also won a silver in the men's 4X100m medley relay in that Olympics.

In the 2017 World Championships, he again won the gold in the 100m and 50m breaststroke but also broke his own world record in the 50m breaststroke twice in the same day.

He also won a silver at the World Championships that year in the 4X100m medley relay. In the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Peaty won gold in the 100m breaststroke but could only manage a silver medal in the 50m.

Come the European Championships in 2018, Glasgow, Peaty once again managed to win both the gold medals for the 100m and the 50m breaststroke events.

In the 2019 World Championships, Peaty was once again in record-breaking form and managed to break his own world record in the 100m breaststroke, completing the race in 56.88 seconds in the semis and bagging gold for his country.

He also won gold in the 50m breaststroke and 4X100m medley relay but had to settle for the bronze in the mixed 4X100m medley relay.

He received the European Swimmer of the Year award in 2019 and went on to win four gold medals at the 2021 European Championships. He won gold medals in the 50m, 100m, 4x100m medley relay, and mixed 4x100m medley relay, breaking multiple European records.

He continued his staggering form in the 2020 Olympics and defended his gold medal from the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 50m as well as the 100m.

He also won gold in the mixed 4x100m medley relay but could only manage to win silver in the 4x100m medley relay, despite dropping the fastest split in history at 56.53 seconds.

Adam Peaty has been an integral part of the British swimming team.

Facts About Adam Peaty's Childhood

Peaty was born in a small English town, known as Uttoxeter, to Caroline and Mark Peaty in a house of four children, with him being the youngest. Peaty began taking swimming lessons ever since he was four years old with his friend.

Adam Peaty attended a Primary School in Uttoxeter and went to Painsley Catholic College, Derby College, for further studies.

Adam Peaty's first-ever swimming club was Dove Valley Swimming Club, situated in Uttoxeter, and he joined it at an age of nine. He began breaking records at the club by the time he was around twelve years old.

A friend of his then took him to join the City of Derby Swimming Club for further progress. The coach there took note of his large hands and big feet and saw something special in his breaststroke.

Adam Peaty took up swimming as a career when he was 17 and read about his mate Craig Benson making it to the semi-final of the 100m breaststroke at the London Olympics. He then realized his potential and never looked back.

Facts About Adam Peaty's Success

Adam Peaty, MBE, has won over 30 gold medals to date, with his most recent accomplishment coming at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he won three gold medals and a silver medal.

Adam Petty has been pretty successful in the past decade, smashing a number of world records, improving his own world records, and currently holding the world records for the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

He is arguably one of the best British swimmers ever, winning medals in the European Championships, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games, as well as the Olympics.

Adam was also bestowed with the award of Male European Swimmer of the year for every from 2014-2019. Moreover, he was also appointed as the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2017 for his services to swimming.

Balancing his professional success with his personal life, he has a son with his partner, who has been with him for more than two years now.

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A dedicated and hardworking content writer currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Management Studies from St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. Aryan aims to gain corporate exposure and enhance his skills while creating well-researched and engaging content that is SEO-friendly. Aryan is a talented individual who puts in the effort to overcome any obstacle in his way.

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