Dean claims gold in 200m freestyle

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Team GB have made their best ever start to an Olympic Games with 10 medals in the opening four days with Tom Dean claiming gold in the 200m freestyle.

Dean set a new British record at the Tokyo Aquatics Center as he finished ahead of fellow Brit Duncan Scott with a time of 1:44.22.

It was a closely fought final with Scott just 0.04 seconds behind his teammate to grab the silver and it is the first time since 1908 that two male swimmers have finished on a podium at the Olympics.

Both Dean and Scott finished strongly to overtake the early front runners of Sunwoo Hwang and Fernando Scheffer in the final 50m. 

Scott had qualified fastest from the semi-finals but it was his compatriot Dean who had the edge come the final.

It was an emotional moment for Dean who had contracted coronavirus twice in 2020 which had set back his training and preparations for the Games. 

The 21-year-old won bronze at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest earlier this year and was also part of the 4×100 mixed freestyle, 4×200 mixed freestyle and 4×100 men’s medley relay races in Hungary that won gold.

There was more good news for Team GB as earlier in the day Georgia Taylor-Brown claimed a silver medal in the women’s triathlon event.

The Brit had suffered a puncture during the bike stage of the event and dropped 22 seconds behind the leading pack by the time she had reached the transition stage into the running stage of the event.

But not to be put off by her misfortune, Taylor-Brown pushed through the wind and the rain to claw back her competitors and finish in second place behind Flora Duffy of Bermuda.

The 27-year-old had been on crutches just 12 weeks ago with a leg injury that almost put her out of the Games and had to prove her fitness a week before flying out to Japan.

Having not raced since September the 2020 World Champion was delighted with her result where she had to dig deep to overcome her troubles on the bike.

It became Team GB’s second medal in the triathlon after Alex Lee won silver in the men’s event yesterday.

There are still medals up for grabs in the team dressage and women’s gymnastics team event later today as Team GB try to add to their best ever start to an Olympic Games.