Tom Dean became the first Briton to win an Olympic gold medal in freestyle in 113 years as he claimed victory in a GB team double with Duncan Scott.
The 21-year-old followed Adam Peaty’s lead when he hit the wall in the 200-meter freestyle with a UK record of 1:44.2sec, just 0.04sec ahead of Scott in silver.
Dean’s victory was the GB team’s fourth gold at these Games and, with Scott second in, they now have 10 medals in all – three of them in the pool.
Tom Dean (R) and Duncan Scott (L) won gold and silver in the men’s 200 freestyle
Dean became the first Briton to win an Olympic gold medal in freestyle in 113 years
Duncan Scott (L) won a third Olympic medal after also winning two relay silver medals at Rio 2016
It was mechanical engineering student Dean’s first medal against a full international peloton and he is only the second Briton after Peaty to win gold in 33 years.
For Scott, it was a third Olympic medal after also winning two relay silver medals at Rio 2016.
His time was also his personal best and he finished 0.44 seconds ahead of Brazilian Fernando Scheffer, who won bronze.
It was the first time since 1908 that two Britons had shared the top two places on an Olympic swimming podium, with Henry Taylor and Thomas Sidney Battersby winning gold and silver in the 1500m freestyle in London 113 ago years.
His time was also his personal best and he finished 0.44 seconds ahead of Brazilian Fernando Scheffer.
But Dean stole the show nonetheless and hit the wall in a UK record of 1min 44.2sec
Dean – who has suffered from Covid twice in the past 12 months – said: “I knew it would be a dog fight. I didn’t know how people were going to swim. It was just race against race.
“Thank you so much to everyone at home, my mom, my family, my girlfriend, all the boys in Maidenhead, thank you for staying up. “
Scott said: “Just a huge credit to Tom Dean, it was amazing. Olympic champion – he’s come this far in the last 18 months, it’s a pleasure to watch.
“It’s great to be able to say he’s a good mate out of the pool. It’s great to be able to compete with him too.
“Obviously, I’m delighted. For me, huge credit to my trainer Steve Tigg. I wouldn’t be here without him. The journey I have taken with him since I was about eight years old has been phenomenal. I’m just buzzing for Deano to be honest.
The 21-year-old followed Adam Peaty’s lead to win Team GB’s fourth gold of the Games