Adam Peaty captured the nation’s hearts as he successfully defended his title and secured three medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but who is he, does he have a girlfriend and does he have children?
Whether in the diving, with Tom Daley celebrating his amazing gold medal, or the swimming with Adam Peaty, the pool was where Team GB really showcased their talent this Olympic Games. Adam went into the 100m breaststroke at the Olympics as the favourite and he well and truly earned this status as he defended his title and secured yet another gold medal.
And with Tokyo 2020 now over, this prestigious gold was the first of three Olympic medals Adam brought home to show his delighted family. But having caught the attention of viewers with his impressive performance in the pool, some might now be wondering exactly who the talented swimmer is.
Especially since he’s now been announced as one of the contestants who will be on Strictly Come Dancing 2021.
Here we reveal all you need to know about Adam Peaty, if he has a girlfriend and if they have children…
Who is Adam Peaty?
Adam Peaty is a 26-year-old British swimmer and world-record holder in the 100m breaststroke and he successfully retained his Olympic title to take home the gold medal in this event this year. In doing so, Adam not only won Great Britain their first gold medal in Tokyo 2020 Games but became the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title.
Ahead of traveling to Japan, his previous Olympic performances have also been bathed in glory. Adam won the 100m breaststroke gold medal in Rio and has also been World Champion eight times, European Champion sixteen times and Commonwealth Champion three times. His favoured events are 100 metre breaststroke, 50 metre breaststroke and he also often competes in the medley relay.
At the Rio Games, he beat his own world record in the 100 metre breaststroke final to finish in a staggeringly quick time of 57.13 seconds.
Speaking ahead of the Olympics, Adam discussed his confidence and belief that he would be able to defend his title. As reported by Sky News, he told reporters, “It’s not an arrogant thing, it’s just a mindset that we’ve built up. I want to go out there and do what I do. And if I do perform, then I don’t think many people would get close.”
Despite his prowess in the pool now, however, it seems things weren’t always quite so easy as, according to The Independent, Adam was actually afraid of water as a child.
This was supposedly caused by his brothers convincing him that sharks could swim up out of their bath’s plughole. Eventually, the Staffordshire-born swimmer took the plunge and he and his friend took swimming lessons together, with him joining Dove Valley Swimming Club, followed by City of Derby Swimming Club.
His coach Melanie Marshall is said to have spotted his breaststroke talent and she has remained with him throughout the years of his success.
Does Adam Peaty have a girlfriend?
Adam Peaty does have a girlfriend, Eirianned Munro, also known as Eiri, and the couple have been dating since they met at the University of Loughborough, where Eiri recently graduated with a degree in Fine Art. Whilst Eirianned was unable to watch her partner’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic performance in person, she did take to Instagram ahead of Adam’s first race, posting a picture of her partner as she prepared to see him take to the pool.
‘Whose excited to watch Adam swim!?!? I am so so SO PROUD of him. I wish I could be there to support and celebrate these monumental life moments with my boo, I just have to hope he feels all the love we’re sending from the other side of the world😢 We’ll be watching from the comfort of our sofa at 3am in the morning – or rather the edge of the sofa!’ she wrote.
‘This feels like a good moment to thank those who love and support Adam, especially those that do so 365! You’ve made this journey so wonderfully exciting. It means so much to us. Hope everyone enjoys the show tonight!!! It’s gunna be a good one!’
Upon the conclusion of the Olympic swimming schedule last week, Eirianned also took to Twitter to express her pride at not only Adam, but the entire Team GB swimming team he’s a devoted part of. And it seemed that after many weeks apart, she was also very much looking forward to welcoming the Olympic champion back home.
‘So incredibly proud of @adam_peaty and the whole of the @britishswimming team!!! What an inspiring week it’s been. Can’t wait to have you home!’ she wrote.
Despite the sadness of their time apart, though, Eirianned was no doubt thrilled to see Adam achieve glory in Tokyo and to express her pride in person upon his return to the UK.
Does Adam Peaty have children?
Adam Peaty and his girlfriend Eirianedd Munro have one child, a son named George-Anderson Adetola Peaty, whom they welcomed back in September 2020. The couple announced the exciting news that Eiri was pregnant back in April last year and later confirmed that their little one would be a baby boy. Though they didn’t end up giving him one of the top Olympic-inspired baby names!
During his interview with reporters ahead of his Olympic performance, Adam opened up about how his son and becoming a father has inspired him in the pool, explaining, “I think having a son now as well has just made me appreciate these moments a little bit more.”
He continued, “He’s with me every single day anyway (in my mind) when I’m away from him and with him, I perform and train like they’re on my back and I like that. It’s just being a father, right? I love it.”
The wonderful moment of being reunited with his son upon his return to the UK was captured in an adorable video later posted on Twitter. In it, the Olympic champion can be seen proudly wearing his GB team uniform as he’s approached by Eirianned carrying little George.
Gently picking his son up, George beams at his delighted father as Adam draws Eirianned into an emotional embrace.
‘The best feeling in the world for any parent, I’m so proud to call you my son’, the swimmer captioned the family clip.
George was likely just as excited as his proud mum to watch Adam achieve his three Olympic medals throughout the Tokyo Games.
What were Adam Peaty’s medals from Tokyo 2020?
Adam Peaty won three medals overall at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including his gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke and another gold gained in the first ever Olympic 4×100 mixed medley relay.
In this event, he took to the pool for the breaststroke leg, with Kathleen Dawson, James Guy and Anna Hopkin joining him in the quartet.
Not only that – they also claimed the gold in a world-record time, making this truly one for the history books. Adam’s Tokyo Olympics was not over there, though, and he also secured a silver in the men’s 4×100 medley relay.
What has Adam Peaty said on BBC Breakfast about his swimming career?
Opening up to BBC Breakfast this week upon his return from Japan, Adam Peaty shared that he hopes taking a break from swimming will give him a “second wind” in his already sensational sporting career. This comes after he had previously announced he would be taking a short break from swimming before a very busy 2022.
“Every person on this planet has a certain level of burn-out,” he told BBC Breakfast, as he explained his decision in greater detail. “And I think it’s what keeps it fresh, what keeps you motivated, what keeps you committed. I don’t want to be able to force myself through that.”
He continued, “I’ve been going on for seven years, with an average of two weeks off a year and even in those off times you’ve still got to watch what you eat, still watch what you do. And then you’ve got all the commercial stuff that you’ve got to do to support the dream anyway.”
“Having a break for me is a natural way of just detoxing my brain but also just having a normal bit of life and I think for me that normality makes me appreciate swimming and my passion even more and hopefully it’s going to give me a second wind,” Adam declared.
Next year will see the Commonwealth Games come to Birmingham and it’s thought that Adam Peaty will be competing, seeking to defend his 100m breaststroke gold once again.