/GBs Dean takes gold & Scott silver in Tokyo

GBs Dean takes gold & Scott silver in Tokyo

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Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Tom Dean claimed a stunning gold and Duncan Scott silver to ensure a British one-two in a thrilling 200m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

In a fast, closely-fought final, Dean touched home just ahead of world number one Scott on his debut Games.

Scott finished just 0.04secs behind his team-mate, with Fernando Scheffer of Brazil taking bronze.

It is the first time since 1908 that two male British swimmers have finished on the Olympic podium together.

The two Britons high-fived before sharing a hug as their remarkable podium finishes were confirmed.

Both swimmers looked shocked as they spoke to BBC Sport afterwards, with Scott describing it as an “unbelievable moment”.

Scott, who qualified fastest, was the favourite going into the race but Dean was able to back up his rapid start with a strong finish.

His winning time of one minute 44.22secs is a British record.

The 21-year-old had a difficult build-up to Tokyo after twice contracting coronavirus in 2020, which kept him out of the pool for three weeks on each occasion.

Despite the disruption, he arrived at the Games as the second fastest man in the year, behind Scott.

“I knew it was going to be a dog fight,” Dean told BBC Sport.

“I didn’t know how people were going to swim it. It was just race to race.

“Thanks so much to everyone back home – my mum, my family, my girlfriend. All the boys back in Maidenhead – thank you for staying up.”

More to follow.

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