Although he couldn’t break his own world record of 56.88 seconds, the 26-year-old from Atox Zetter won the first gold medal of Team GB Tokyo 2020 in 57.37 seconds.
The closest challenger, Arno Kaminha, the only swimmer who broke the 58-second barrier at the event other than Petty, was 0.63 seconds behind.
Nicolo Martinengi collected bronze in 58.33 seconds as Petty’s compatriot James Wilby settled in fifth with 58.96 seconds and missed the podium.
Petty set the fifth fastest time in history, so there was an inevitable atmosphere to win.
His personal best at this distance is not only almost a second better than anyone else in the sport, but he continues to be proud to have been undefeated for seven years in major competitions.
“I haven’t felt this much since 2016. It just means the world to me,” Petty told the BBC.
“I wasn’t the best ready in my life, but you throw it out the window.
“That’s what it takes to be an athlete. Not the best of the year, but the best of the day.”
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