Tom Dean earns his second Olympic gold medal in as many days after triumphing alongside Team GB team-mates Duncan Scott, Matt Richards and James Guy in men’s 4x200m freestyle final
Tom Dean became the first British man in 113 years to win two swimming golds at the same Olympics as Team GB’s 4x200metres freestyle relay quartet sensationally stormed to victory.
Dean and Duncan Scott, who claimed an historic one-two in Tuesday’s individual 200m freestyle, were joined by James Guy and Matthew Roberts as they won in a time of 6min 58.58sec – just three hundredths outside the world record.
They finished a mammoth 3.23sec ahead of the Russian Olympic Committee, with Australia winning bronze and the USA, the former dominant force, trailing in fourth.
Tom Dean became the first British man in 113 years to win two swimming golds at the same Olympics
Dean and Duncan Scott were joined by James Guy and Matthew Roberts as they won the 4x200metres freestyle relay
They finished a mammoth 3.23sec ahead of the Russian Olympic Committee who won silver
It is Great Britain’s third gold of these glorious Games – their best tally since 1908 – and their fourth altogether.
Scott and Guy were part of the Team GB quartet who won a silver in this relay at Rio 2016 behind a Michael Phelps-led USA team.
But they upgraded that here at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre with Scott now able to call himself an Olympic gold medallist having collected three previous silvers.
Team GB are now only two medals away from equalling their best haul at an overseas Games – the six they claimed in Rio – and are three shy from the record seven they won at London 1908.
It is Great Britain’s third gold of these glorious Games – their best tally since 1908 – and their fourth altogether
Dean said: ‘I can’t put it into words. I couldn’t yesterday and I can’t today. I can’t thank these boys enough. Unreal. I’ve trained with this man every single day, you can see how much it means to us.
‘Just a big thank you to Callum Jarvis who is sitting in the crowd. We couldn’t have done it without him.’
Scott, who won silver in the 200m freestyle on Tuesday, added: ‘For myself and Jimmy in particular, we have been on so many 4x2s.
In 2016 we came second and that was a monster achievement at the time. Matt in third was so composed and the boys up front executed. We were so close to the world record in the end. If anything I’m a bit gutted.’