Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Men’s 200m Freestyle – Final – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Tom Dean of Britain and Duncan Scott of Britain celebrate after winning gold and silver REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
July 27, 2021
By Simon Evans
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tom Dean powered to the gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, heading a British one-two with Duncan Scott taking silver.
Dean won in a time of 1:44.22 with Scott was just four hundredths of a second behind him.
Fernando Scheffer of Brazil took bronze.
South Korea’s Hwang Sun-woo was under the world record time at the 100m mark but faded badly, ending up seventh, as the British pair powered towards a spectacular finish.
The 21-year-old Dean’s gold was Britain’s second in the Tokyo pool after Adam Peaty’s success in the 100m breaststroke on Monday.
“I knew it was going to be a dogfight, I didn’t know how people were going to swim it, just race the race and that’s how it is,” said a delighted Dean.
Scott was narrowly above Dean in the rankings coming into the Games and qualified fastest, but was delighted for his team mate.
“Just a massive credit to Tom Dean. That was unbelievable. Olympic champion,” he said. “To come along so far in the last 18 months, it’s a pleasure to watch him. It’s great to be able to say he’s a good mate out of the pool.”
It is the first time since 1908 that two male British swimmers have finished on the Olympic podium together.
(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Peter Rutherford)