'˜Olympic Nan' overjoyed at grandson Adam Peaty's gold medal

It is five words self-styled 'Olympic Nan' Mavis Williams is likely to remember forever '“ 'My grandson has done it.'

Nan Mavis Williams (centre) was in party mode as she celebrated 100 metre Olympic breastroke victory in Rio for Adam Peaty. Picture: Hemedia

This was the tweet the 74-year-old wrote after Adam Peaty won Olympic gold in the 100 metre breaststroke at the Rio Olympic games.

The 21-year-old clinched Team GB’s first medal of the Games overnight on Sunday in a world record time of 57.13 seconds. It ended a 28-year wait for a British male to win gold in the pool.

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Peaty’s “Nan” Mrs Williams – a keen Twitter user who was following Adam’s antics in Brazil through social media – tweeted from the @Mavise42Mavis account: “My Grandson has done it.

“Well you have done it @adam_peaty you have made it, your hard work paid off.

Congratulations to you and @massivemel (coach Melanie Marshall). So proud love Nan x”

Speaking of her pride yesterday, the doting grandparent said: “I can’t explain my feelings. I’m so proud. You can’t really tell anybody what you feel – I’m so proud of him.

“He’s worked so hard for this and he deserves it and I’m glad he got what he wanted.”

Mrs Williams, of Derby, revealed Peaty – already the world, European and Commonwealth champion – had not always been a natural in the pool.

“He didn’t like the water when he was younger, he used to scream every time he got in the bath,” she said. “When his mum [Caroline] used to take him to the pool he used to scream there.”

Minutes after Peaty’s win, Jazz Carlin won silver in the women’s 400m freestyle.

The 25-year-old Welsh swimmer held off American Leah Smith in the final 50 metres to claim second.

“I can’t believe it. I’m on the edge of tears,” said the 25-year-old Welsh athlete, who missed out on selection for the London 2012 Games.

Meanwhile yesterday on day three of the games, Ed Ling won Great Britain’s third medal, taking bronze in the men’s trap shooting. It was the 33-year-old’s first Olympic medal.

Team GB’s men’s and women’s eight teams and the men’s quadruple sculls team secured places in their respective Rio 2016 finals.

The eight teams both won their heats, the men leading from the start in a dominant display.

Tom Daley was making his first appearance of Rio 2016 in the men’s 10m synchro diving competition,

Figures showed nearly four million Brits stayed up to watch the opening ceremony of this year’s games.