Rio 2016Olympic & Paralympic Games


7 Aug 2016

Peaty breaks world record on day one of Olympic Games

The undoubted highlight of day one of the Rio Olympic Games was Adam Peaty obliterating his own world record in the heats of the 100m breaststroke. He went very close to doing it again as he won his semi-final, but was just down on the 57.55 mark he had laid down in the morning session.

Peaty, who is coached by Loughborough University alumna Mel Marshall and trains on campus, came into The Games as favourite and will win gold if he produces a similar display on Sunday night.

“I’ve got the top three times in the world ever now which is a great thing to have. The morning was great but the evening was just about qualifying for a good lane in the final and that’s it. The final is now about enjoying my first Olympic final and getting out there. It will be what I’ve been doing for the last seven years."

Elsewhere Claire Allan played her part in Team GB success on day one, as Rugby Sevens made it’s Olympic debut in the Deodoro Stadium. The Loughborough University alumna played a key part in Team GB’s success, setting up a try in a 29-3 victory over hosts Brazil, before helping the side to a 40-0 thrashing of Japan.

John Jackson and Paul Gleghorne were the first Loughborough athletes in action, the duo opening proceedings in the men’s hockey competition for Team Ireland. Despite a strong performance, they lost out to a high quality India side 3-2.

Gleghorne’s brother Mark was also in action, but for Team GB. They took on Belgium, with Gleghorne one of five alumni in the squad, alongside captain Barry Middleton, David Condon, Henry Weir and current student Ian Sloan. Like Ireland they didn’t get the start they wanted, succumbing to a 4-1 defeat.

It was a different story got the women though, who claimed a 2-1 victory over Australia in the early hours of the morning in the UK. Loughborough alumnae Maddie Hinch, Giselle Ansley, Laura Unsworth, Hannah Macleod and Nicola White were all involved, with Hinch making some excellent stops in goal.

There was disappointment for Jonny Walton though, who alongside partner John Collins, finished fourth in their heat of the double sculls. Thankfully they can still progress via the repechage at 13:50 BST on Sunday.

Loughborough graduate Laurent Carnol was also in action in the pool, swimming in the same event as Adam Peaty, the 100m breastroke. Despite finishing fourth in his heat, the man from Luxembourg just missed out on a fastest losers spot into the semi-final. 

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