Gold Rush for Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

Britain’s Olympians claimed three gold and two silver medals on day three of the Tokyo Olympics on a day being dubbed “Magic Monday”.

Adam Peaty retained his title to deliver Team GB’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in the 100m backstroke. 

The 26-year-old has not lost in this event for seven years, claiming gold in Rio 2016 as well as three World Championships, breaking the world record five times and remains the only man to swim it in under 57 seconds.

The now two-times Olympic champion hold the 16 fastest times in the event and could add further to his medal tally as he is set to compete in the 4×100 medley relay and potentially take part in the 4×100 mixed medley relay. 

There was more good news in the pool for Team GB with Duncan Scott and Tom Dean progressing to the 200m freestyle final – with Scott going through with the fastest time of 1:44.60.

Team GB’s next medal came via diving legend Tom Daley and his diving partner Matty Lee in the 10m synchronized platform dive. 

Daley broke onto the scene at 14 when he competed in his first Olympics in Beijing. The 27-year-old has won the World Championship twice in 2009 and 2017 – the first of which he was only 15 at the time – and has claimed bronze twice already at the Olympics. First in London 2012 in the 10m platform and then in Rio five years ago in the synchronised 10m platform.

Lee is at his first Olympics but has previously won bronze with Daley in the same event in the 2019 World Championships and has also won gold at the 2015 European Games in the 10m platform.

That wasn’t the end of Team GB’s gold rush though. 21-year-old Tom Pidcock secured Britain’s third gold of the games in the mountain bike cross-country event – finishing ahead of Switzerland’s world number one Mathias Flueckiger. 

Pidcock had suffered a broken collar bone just two months prior to the beginning of the games but led the race from the midway point and never looked back to make history in the sport as Britain’s first gold medal winner in the category.

It was not only gold medals that flowed for Team GB on day three in Tokyo. Alex Lee came second in the men’s triathlon to grab a silver medal coming in just 11 seconds behind Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt.  

Veteran triathlete Jonny Brownlee finished fifth after falling away from the leading pack with two laps to go as the gruelling heat and humidity took its toll and he was unable to add to his bronze and silver from London 2012 and Rio 2016 respectively.  

There was also more success in taekwondo as Lauren Williams followed Bradley Sinden’s example from Sunday’s action and claimed a silver medal in the 67kg category. 

Williams was agonisingly defeated in the final 14 seconds of the bout with Croatia’s Matea Jelic winning 25-22 as she let her lead slip in the final moments.

Team GB sit fifth in the medal table with seven medals in total with Chelsie Giles’ bronze in the judo, the other medal from the weekend’s action. 

Britain’s men’s gymnastic team fell short of a medal but finished a very respectable fourth in the team event and the women’s hockey team defeated South Africa 4-1 in their second group game in some of the action from day three