Saturday 10 December 2016

Adam Peaty's grandmother steals Olympian's spotlight 6,000 miles away from Rio

Dominic Harris and Ryan Wilkinson

Published 08/08/2016 | 06:19

Adam Peaty celebrates breaking the world record in a heat of the men's 100m breaststroke
Adam Peaty celebrates breaking the world record in a heat of the men's 100m breaststroke

As Adam Peaty stormed to victory in Rio de Janeiro there was one fan 6,000 miles away in Sheffield stealing the spotlight - his grandmother.

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Mavis Williams has labelled herself the #OlympicNan, tweeting her congratulations to the 21-year-old swimming sensation and his GB team-mates.

The 74-year-old stayed up into the early hours of Monday morning to watch her grandson win Britain's first Olympic gold in men's swimming for decades and the first Team GB medal of the games.

After he scooped gold - and smashed his own world record for the second time in two days - she proudly told her 3,400 followers: "My Grandson has done it."

In a tweet to Peaty and his coach, Melanie Marshall, she added: "Well you have done it @adam_peaty you have made it, your hard work paid off. Congratulations to you and @massivemel. So proud love Nan x."


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