Rio Olympics 2016: Britain wins first medals with gold and silver in the pool


Adam Peaty won gold and Jazz Carlin secured silver in the pool as Team GB found their first medals of the Rio Olympics on the evening of day two.

Peaty, 21, smashed the world record he set in the heats to win the 100m breaststroke in 57.13 seconds, more than a second ahead of the next placed swimmer.

Shortly afterwards, Carlin, 25, won silver in the women’s 400m freestyle behind the USA’s Katie Ledecky, who smashed the world record.

Elsewhere, Andy Murray started the defence of his Olympic gold with a a 6-3 6-2 win over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, and Johanna Konta beat Liechtenstein’s Stephanie Vogt 6-3 6-1. However, the doubles pair of Andy and Jamie Murray were knocked out by an unseeded Brazilian duo.

Eventer William Fox-Pitt remains in the gold medal position after the completion of the dressage, with the cross-country and showjumping disciplines to come.

Earlier, Richard Kruse narrowly missed out on a bronze in the men’s foil, losing 15-13 to Russian Timur Safin.

Drama unfolded in the women’s road race, where leader Annemiek van Vleuten was hospitalised after suffering a horrific crash. The race was eventually won by her Dutch team-mate Anna van der Breggen, with Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead coming fifth.

Competing in their first Olympics since independence from Serbia, Kosovo won their first medal with a gold in -52kg judo from Majlinda Kelmendi.


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