When is Adam Peaty competing at the Tokyo Olympics? Date and UK start time as swimming superstar eyes gold and world record

Adam Peaty will be looking to become the first British swimmer to successfully defend an Olympic title when he takes to the pool in Tokyo.

Peaty is one of Team GB’s superstar athletes and will be looking to add more gold to his collection this summer.

Team GB’s Adam Peaty will be eyeing gold in Tokyo
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He won the 100m breaststroke in Rio in 2016, claiming Team GB’s first Olympic male swimming gold medal for 24 years in doing so.

Now, he’ll be out to defend his title and is even looking to do so in a record-breaking time.

He set the world record for the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in 2019 at 56.88 but he wants to break that at the Olympics.

Adam Peaty: When is he competing?

The gold medal final for the men’s 100m breaststroke will take place in the early hours of Monday, July 26 for UK fans.

It will be held at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre where the swimming meet, artistic swimming and diving competitions are taking place throughout the Games.

  • Men’s 100m breaststroke heats: Saturday July 24, 12:55-13:15 BST
  • Men’s 100m breaststroke semi-finals: Sunday July 25, 03:33 and 03:39 BST
  • Men’s 100m breaststroke final: Monday July 26, 03:12 BST


Adam Peaty is a global swimming superstar
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Adam Peaty: Where can I watch it?

The BBC are showing the Tokyo Olympics in the UK so fans can watch Peaty for free live on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer.   

Eurosport have the main rights for Europe and a stream can be watched through their channels with a paid subscription.

talkSPORT will have regular updates from Tokyo throughout the Games while talkSPORT.com will also bring you all the action and reaction from Japan.

Adam Peaty: What has been said?

Peaty: “Going into the Games now is a very different vibe to me in terms of the preparation for Rio being very different to the preparation now.

“I feel very relaxed, very experienced. I know when to control my emotions, I know when to turn on the fury, I know when to turn on the precision.

“I can flick on the switch, I can be exactly as I need to be to hopefully get the best possible performance.

“But outside that I can control my emotions even better now because I’ve been doing it quite a while.

“Through covid I’ve learned so much about myself and about the sport that I’m just enjoying this process now.”

10 Team GB stars who are set to shine in Tokyo

Adam Peaty

Having surged under 57 seconds and set the 20 fastest times in history, Peaty appears a virtual certainty to defend his 100m breaststroke title – more than likely with a new world record into the bargain. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to battling it out for silver.

Seonaid McIntosh

The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo as the reigning world number one and 50m prone world champion, and a strong medal bet in the women’s 3×50 rifle event. McIntosh, who will also compete in the 10m air rifle, also won Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.

Dina Asher-Smith

Already the fastest British woman in history, Asher-Smith has a habit of rising to the big occasion and she will need to be in the form of her life in Tokyo to see off American Gabby Thomas, who set the second-fastest time in history over 200m at the US trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did likewise in the 100m in Kingston.

Pat McCormack

McCormack has proved a class apart from most of his Olympic rivals over this extended cycle and will start as a clear favourite for welterweight boxing gold. His recent win over Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a clear sign of his intent to go all the way in the Japanese capital.

Jason and Laura Kenny

History is on the cards for cycling’s golden couple in Tokyo. Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five-gold medal haul on the domestic all-time list, while Jason currently boasts seven Olympic medals, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ career tally of eight, with every chance both records will at least be matched.

Max Whitlock

After claiming two extraordinary gold medals in Rio, Whitlock has restricted his focus to his favoured pommel for Tokyo. Despite his recent fall on his return to competition at the European Championships, the 28-year-old will start as favourite – but could be pushed all the way by Ireland’s rising star Rhys McClenaghan.

Sky Brown

Brown, who turns 13 this month, will become Britain’s youngest summer Olympian when she competes in the skateboard park competition. But the young prodigy stands every chance of a medal, having qualified in third place and also claimed a World Championship bronze medal in Sao Paolo in 2019.

Helen Glover

Glover won consecutive rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 before retiring to start a family. Tempted to launch a return, Glover and her new partner Polly Swann stormed to European gold in April, raising the prospect of a remarkable third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.

Jade Jones

Jones was a teenager when she won her first Olympic taekwondo gold at London 2012, and followed up her triumph in Rio four years later. Now 28 and also the reigning world champion, Jones is a hot favourite to secure an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.