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Adam Peaty won Team GB's first gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday (26 July) and he was so pleased with himself that he dropped the f-bomb in a live interview... twice.
While he was unable to break his own world record of 56.88 seconds, the 26-year-old from Uttoxeter clocked 57.37 seconds, the fifth fastest time in the event's history.
He is the first ever British swimmer to retain an Olympic gold medal.
Adam Peaty won another Olympic gold medal...
... and then gave an interview we won't forget in a hurry. :sweat_smile:#Tokyo2020 #bbcolympics https://t.co/X2jvCeA6Rf pic.twitter.com/c9Ac85JoFM
- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 26, 2021
During his emotional poolside interview with the BBC, Peaty - who became a dad for the first time over the past year - said: "I haven't felt this good since 2016.
"It just means the world to me, you know?
"I thought I had the best preparation in my life but they throw in morning finals and threw that out of the window.
"That what it takes to be an athlete, it's not who's the best all year round, it's who's the best on the day, who's the most adaptable and really, who f****** wants it more."
When asked whether he felt the 'weight of the nation' on him, Peaty continued: "I did feel a little pressure into the final but it's a good pressure. I needed to put myself on edge.
"You can do whatever you want in your own pool, in your own nation, and you can go in your own race.
"But when it comes to being out here, I'm not racing for a time, I'm racing myself."
He went on to add: "Obviously thank you to the nation for being behind me for the last five years, thanks to my family, to my gorgeous partner and my gorgeous son.
"You know, my family back home, they've been with me every step of the way.
"This victory wasn't mine, it was the British swimming team, it was my family, it was my friends.
"Those people I had to put to the side line for a moment because I knew it was going to take every single bit of energy to get to this point and I'm glad... I'm just so f****** relieved."
Apologising for his f-bombs, he added: "Sorry about the swearing. I'm very emotional."
His supremacy therefore remains unchallenged with closest challenger Arno Kamminga, the only swimmer other than Peaty to breach the 58-second barrier, finishing a distant 0.63s behind.
Nicolo Martinenghi collected bronze in a time of 58.33s as Britain's James Wilby missed out on a podium position, settling for fifth as he clocked 58.96s.