TEAM GB’S Olympic hero Tom Dean has revealed he overcame Covid TWICE before today’s historic gold and silver medal haul.
The 21-year-old Londoner led a GB one-two to win a brilliant 200m men’s freestyle at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Tom Dean and Duncan Scott pulled off Britain’s first gold and silver haul in a swimming event in 113 years[/caption]
Londoner Dean has overcome Covid twice this year ahead of the Games[/caption]
He and Scotland’s Duncan Scott pulled off Britain’s first gold and silver haul in a swimming event in 113 years.
Dean said: “To have two Brits on the podium just shows our absolute dominance in this event and how far British swimming has come.
“I couldn’t ask for any more, it’s absolutely amazing.”
He added: “My coach, Dave McNulty, I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done and the Covid cases twice.
“I had six or seven weeks out of the pool, during an Olympic year, that’s unheard of.
“He brought me through it and I can’t thank him enough for that. I couldn’t ask for a better ending to the story.”
Dean had been an outsider in the field, with silver medal winner Scott the fastest qualifier.
But in a dramatic final leg, the pair came from third and fourth to take gold AND silver.
Britain have not gone one-two in a swimming pool at the Olympic Games since 1908.
Scott, 24, said: “It was nice to get my degree finished eventually after six years. But I was so focused on swimming the whole time at university and really happy to be here and grateful for the opportunity.”
Dean broke the British record in 1:44.22, touching just four hundredths of a second ahead of his team-mate.
It meant that Glaswegian Scott just missed out on his bid to become Scotland’s first swimming gold medallist since David Wilkie in 1976.
But nothing could deny Dean his stunning triumph.
Scott, third behind now-banned drugs cheat Sun Yang of China at the 2019 world championships, knew this was his chance of glory.
He was only sixth at the halfway mark, trailing Sunwoo Hwang of South Korea.
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But they began their moves in the third 50m, with Dean moving up to third and Scott, seemingly too far behind, in fourth.
The pair then blitzed through the last 50m.
Scott, powering through the field, looked set to clinch gold only for Dean to come again to just get the touch to become Britain’s second Olympic swimming champion of Tokyo 2020 after Adam Peaty.