Former college duo Peaty and Carlin claim TeamGB’s first Olympic medals in Rio
Great Britain won their first medals of the 2016 Olympic Games overnight, thanks to former college students Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin in the swimming pool.
Former Derby College student Peaty won gold in the 100m breaststroke, and his fantastic achievement was swiftly followed by ex-Gower College Swansea student Carlin, who won silver in the 400m freestyle event.
21-year-old Peaty had already broken his own World Record in his heat, with a time of 57.77 seconds, but went on to break it again on his way to Olympic victory, posting 57.13s in the final.
Peaty, a former Sports Science student at Derby College, has previously competed in the AoC Sport National Championships 2013.
And he could yet add to his Olympic tally in Rio, when he swims for Team GB in the 4x100m medley at the end of the week.
Carlin, who studied A-Levels at Gower, added a medal of her own just minutes after Peaty’s success, as she finished second behind the USA’s Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle.
And she will have a chance to add to her collection later in the week, when she competes in the 800m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle events.