Adam Peaty wins FINA’s Olympic Performance of the Year


Adam Peaty, sports personality of the year award contender

Not surprisingly, Britain’s Olympic Champion Adam Peaty has won Olympic Performance of the Year award from swimming’s governing body FINA for his world record-breaking final win at Rio 2016.

Peaty swam the 100m breaststroke event in 57.13 seconds to win gold by more than 1.5 seconds, becoming Britain’s first male Olympic swimming champion for 28 years in the process.

Fellow Brit Gary Hunt, 32, retained the Best High Diver of the Year award at the The FINA/AliSports World Aquatics Gala after a second successive World Cup success. Hunt’s coach Alex Rochas also picked up a coaching award.

Best Female Swimmer went to Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, 27, who won three Olympic golds. Meanwhile American Michael Phelps, 31, who retired after Rio with a record 23 Olympic golds, won the men’s award.

Phelps’ 19-year-old compatriot Katie Ledecky, who won four gold medals in Brazil, took the female Olympic performance award from swimming’s world governing body.

The event was held at Ceasar’s Hotel in Windsor, Canada before the city hosts the short course World Championships (25m), starting 6th December.

Adam Peaty has also been nominated for this year’s BBC’s Sports Personality of Year awards. You can find out more about how you can support him and register to vote here. You can read the full story here.