Tom Dean became the first British male swimmer to win more than one gold medal at a single Olympics in 113 years after helping his nation to victory in the 4×200 metres freestyle relay final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Dean produced the performance of his life to triumph in the men’s 200m freestyle 24 hours earlier in a British record time and he made a solid start in the relay race before his team-mates finished the job.
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At a glance: 5 key points
- Alongside Dean was Duncan Scott who claimed silver in Tuesday’s individual race, James Guy and Matthew Richards
- Their time of six minutes and 58.58 seconds saw them bag Team GB’s third swimming gold of Tokyo 2020
- Dean is therefore the only British male sw im mer to claim two golds at the same Games in more than a century, following in the footsteps of Henry Taylor, who prevailed in the men’s freestyle 400m and 1500m races in 1908
- Dean started the race and actually performed the slowest of the British quartet putting them behind the Russian Olympic Committee and the United States after the first 200m
- Scott, whose runner-up finish behind Dean on 27 July meant he collected his third Olympic silver, then brought it home in emphatic fashion as Britain finished more than three seconds ahead of the second-placed and just 0.03secs off a world record time.
What’s been said
Scott told the BBC: “It’s really special with these boys. Matt in third was so composed and the boys up front executed their race plans really well. So close to a world record in the end – if anything I’m a bit gutted!”
Dean said: “I can’t even put it into words. I couldn’t yesterday and I can’t today. I can’t thank these boys enough, from the bottom of my heart. Unreal.
Scott and Guy were part of the team that won silver in the event in 2016, and the latter added: “As a kid winning an Olympic gold medal was my absolute dream and to do it finally after 25 years is pretty emotional.”
For 18-year-old Richards, it was his first taste of an Olympic Games, and he said: “When you’re racing with guys like this, having a great leg comes easy. When they set you up as well as they did and you’ve got literally one of the best freestylers in the world and one of the best freestylers ever going behind you, (it’s a) privilege. And the confidence that gives someone, and the experience, money can’t buy it.”
Chelsie Giles picked up the first medal for Great Britain on day two of the Olympics, with a bronze medal in judo.
Following Giles a few hours later, Bradley Sinden won a silver medal in taekwondo following his match with Ulugbek Rashitov of Uzbekistan.
On magic Monday, gold medals were awarded to Tom Daley and Matty Lee for the men’s 10 metres platform diving, Tom Pidcock for the men’s mountain bike race and Adam Peaty for the men’s 100m breaststroke.
Lauren Williams nabbed the silver medal in taekwondo and Alex Yee also got silver in the men’s triathlon as well.
On day four (Tuesday 27 July) Tom Dean took the gold medal for the men’s 200 metre freestyle race, and Duncan Scott take silver.
Georgia Taylor-Brown won the silver medal in the women’s triathlon. And on day five, Team GB rowers clinched a silver in quadruple sculls.