GB’s Dean takes stunning gold in swimming

Tom Dean and Georgia Taylor-Brown
Tom Dean and Georgia Taylor-Brown took to the podium on a successful start to day four for Team GB

Swimmer Tom Dean sensationally clinched Britain’s fourth gold of the Tokyo Games on day four of the Olympics, six months after he contracted Covid for a second time.

The 21-year-old, who struggled to walk up stairs after contracting the virus, edged out compatriot Duncan Scott by 0.04secs in the 200m freestyle.

Elsewhere, Georgia Taylor-Brown fought back from a puncture on the last lap of the bike leg to take triathlon silver.

The Briton was 22 seconds off the four-strong leading pack going into the run.

But she reeled in all her rivals except for Bermuda’s Flora Duffy to claim an emotional second-place finish.

It is Britain’s second triathlon silver after Alex Yee’s success on Monday.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Bianca Walkden in the women’s +67kg taekwondo semi-finals as she was stunned by South Korea’s Lee Da-bin in a 25-24 defeat.

Walkden was a GB favourite to win gold but fell to the floor after a last-gasp kick to the head gave Lee the win.

The Liverpudlian will fight for a second successive Olympic bronze at 13:00 BST.

With 10 medals in total so far on day four, this is the best start for a British team in Games history – and the highest number of gold medals for Britain at this point.

Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Nielsen Gracenote, said: «Great Britain has made its best start to an Olympic Games with at least 10 medals after four days of competition.

«This smashes the record for most British medals in the first four days which was six in 2000, 2008 and 2016. Great Britain’s recent successes at London and Rio began with four and six medals respectively in the opening four days.»

Gracenote’s virtual medal table projects a total of 52 medals by the end of the Games. UK Sport set a medal target of between 45 and 70.

Team GB won 65 medals at London 2012, followed by 67 medals in Rio in 2016 – finishing second in the medal table.

Coming up on Tuesday

09:00 BST: Britain’s Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Charlotte Fry aim to upset Germany in the dressage team final

11:45 BST: Great Britain’s gymnastics team compete in the women’s team final in which the United States and Russia are expected to contest gold

‘Olympic gold seemed a million miles’

Dean’s preparations for Tokyo were badly disrupted by Covid, with the 21-year-old losing more than six weeks of training after contracting the illness twice.

«When I was sitting in my flat in isolation, an Olympic gold seemed a million miles off,» he said.

«I had Covid in September and the new year. The first time wasn’t too bad. The second time I did the full isolation period, I wasn’t able to train and it was a slow build back into training.»

Around 70 of Dean’s friends and family gathered in his mum’s garden in Maidenhead to watch the race in the early hours, with a video of their celebrations going viral.

His mum Jacquie Hughes told BBC One: «We decided, because we couldn’t be there, how nice would it be for Tom to know his family and friends were together watching him.

«We invited some members of the swimming club, some neighbours, and before we knew it there were 70 people in the garden watching on a big screen.

«It was so joyous and full of passion. It was lovely. I spoke to Tom this morning and he said he watched the video over and over again.»

Dean’s team-mate Scott was favourite going into the final after qualifying fastest, but was beaten to the touch in a tight finish.

The result is Britain’s first swimming one-two in 113 years with both men cheered on by Adam Peaty, who successfully defended his 100m breaststroke title on Monday.

Taylor-Brown battles rain, wind and wheel rims to take silver

Taylor-Brown, 27, revealed after the finish that she had overcome a stress fracture to her leg to make the start line, passing a late fitness test a week before departing for Tokyo.

«My training had gone so well before then though, so that was a bit of a shock, but I knew I had all of that training in the bag,» she said.

«I wanted to keep it private. You don’t want to show your competitors your weaknesses.»

Her preparations for a race in hot, humid conditions were thrown by Tropical Storm Nepartak which brought high winds and heavy rain to the event.

Then, on the bike leg, she was up with the leaders before a flat rear tyre saw her slip back on the final kilometre of the 40km bike leg.

Afterwards, she said she «panicked» when the incident happened.

«I didn’t know what to do, so I just rode out on the flat. It was panic mode but it paid off,» she told BBC Sport.

Gold medallist Duffy’s success marked a piece of history as Bermuda became the least populous nation ever to win an Olympic gold.

What else has happened?

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Osaka was making her comeback after two months out in the wake of withdrawing from the French Open after citing mental health issues
  • Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony, lost in the third round to Marketa Vondrousova.
  • Great Britain men’s doubles pair Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury are through to the quarter-finals and Liam Broady reached the third round of the men’s singles.
  • Team GB’s men’s rugby sevens side progressed to a semi-final against New Zealand in dramatic fashion, recovering from going 21-0 down against the USA to win 26-21.
  • Britain’s Caroline Dubois advanced into the last 16 with a comprehensive victory in her opening lightweight contest against Donjeta Sadiku of Kosovo. Pat McCormack made it into the last welterweight tournament with a win over Aliaksandr Radzionau of Belarus, but Cheavon Clarke suffered a first-round exit.
  • Great Britain’s Zoe Smith finished eighth in the final of the women’s 59kg weightlifting.
  • Great Britain’s Kimberley Woods finished last in the canoe slalom final, after suffering an early penalty in her run.
  • Great Britain’s men’s hockey team suffered a sobering 5-1 defeat against Germany, denting a campaign that had begun with wins over South Africa and Canada.
  • Britain’s Kathleen Dawson finished sixth in the 100m backstroke, while Freya Anderson missed out on qualifying for the 200m freestyle.
  • Britain’s Evie Richards finished seventh in the women’s cross-country mountain biking

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