Tokyo Olympics: Further glory in the pool as Team GB win 200m freestyle relay | World News
There has been more glory for Great Britain in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, with gold in the men’s 200m freestyle relay.
Fresh off their one-two on Tuesday, Tom Dean led the way with Duncan Scott swimming the anchor leg.
James Guy and Matthew Richards completed the line-up – and the quartet finished 0.03 seconds off the world record.
Commenting after the win, Duncan Scott said: “It’s really special with these boys. Matt in third was so composed and the boys up front executed the race plans really well.
“So close to a world record in the end – if anything I’m a bit gutted.”
Dean got Team GB off to a solid, if unspectacular, start, swimming just behind the United States before Guy closed the gap.
He 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.”
It was 18-year-old Richards’ leg that was the standout – with the teenager storming into the lead leaving Scott with what turned into the simple task of confirming the gold.
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.”
In the end, Team GB claimed an emphatic victory – 3.32 seconds clear of the Russian Olympic Committee in second.
The United States dropped to fourth after a good start, with Australia finishing third.
The victory means Dean is the first British male swimmer to win two golds at the same Olympic Games since 1908.
Team GB also made history by winning its first rowing medal at the Games, taking silver in the men’s quadruple sculls.
Going into the race, Team GB had an outside chance of a podium and were ranked as the fifth-best team.
But they held off Australia and Poland to take silver, behind the Netherlands – who won four rowing medals on day five of the Tokyo Olympics.
Jack Beaumont, 27, from Maidenhead, told Sky News: “We knew it would be a fast race and also choppy water.
“But luckily we train in the UK where we get lots of wind so we were ready for that. We were in an outside, less favoured lane, so we decided to be really brave and that paid off.”
Harry Leask, 25, from Edinburgh, added: “I knew basically the whole way where we were, I had a pretty good view from where I was sitting of the whole race.”
The team haven’t seen their family and friends since 10 June, he added, revealing they have only had time for a 10-minute phone call since the race.
There could be more medals in rowing, after Emily Craig and Imogen Grant qualified for the final in the lightweight women’s double sculls.
Earlier in the day, Abbie Wood just missed out on a medal in the 200m individual medley despite swimming a lifetime best, with Kate Douglas of the USA just beating her to the bronze medal.
James Wilby’s excellent Games continued as he qualified for the men’s 200m breaststroke as the second-best swimmer, but Ross Murdoch missed out on a place in the final.
Despite the historic moment in the men’s quadruple sculls, it was a disappointing and frustrating morning on the Sea Forest Waterway for the British rowers, who finished fourth in three races.
Team GB had an outside medal chance in the men’s double sculls and women’s four, but they just missed out on the podium in both events – finishing fourth.
The biggest disappointment came in the third race – the men’s four cox – where Team GB were bidding for a sixth straight gold but missed out on a medal altogether.
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Debutants Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook, Matthew Rossiter and Rory Gibbs tried to push eventual winners Australia all the way, but the Brits were chased down by Romania and Italy, with the Team GB boat almost crashing into Italy in the closing stages after swerving out of their lane.
In the rugby sevens, Team GB were hoping to qualify for their second final in consecutive Games but were well beaten by New Zealand in the semi-final.
They will play Argentina in the bronze medal match at 8am.