IT was gushing gold, especially in the pool, with several record-breaking performances by women athletes.
The most notable was Hungary’s Kartika Hosszu who recorded 4:26.36s in the 400m individual medley to shave more than two seconds from the previous mark of 4:28.43s. Australia’s 4x100m freestyle relay team clocked 3:30.65s to cancel out the previous mark of 3:30.98s.
In between, there was much joy for Vietnam who won their first-ever Olympic gold through Hoang Xuan Vinh in the men’s 10m air rifle.
Thailand also notched a gold through weightlifter Sopita Tanasan while Indonesia’s Sri Wahyuni Agustiani secured silver in the women’s 48kg Group A final.
Mardini from the Refugee team won her 100m butterfl y heat, an experience she described as “amazing”. Forget that she didn’t qualify for the semifi nals. Just less than a year ago the teenager was swimming for her life when the crowded dinghy headed for the Greek island of Lesbos suff ered engine failure. She and her sister jumped into the water and used a rope to tow the boat to safety. What an incredible journey!
Peaty by his own admission eats three times more than the average man. That’s 6,000 to 8,000 calories to fuel his training.
Obviously it has not gone to waste. He clocked 57.55s in the 100m breaststroke heats to eclipse the
57.92s world mark he set in April last year.
Just like his food, Peaty is also gobbling up world records with ease. His other world marks are the 50m backstroke and 4x100m mixed medley relay.