Tokyo Olympics: Great Britain emphatically wins gold in 4x200m freestyle relay

dates: July 23-August 8 Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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The men of Great Britain again took gold in the Olympic group with a dominant victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay in Tokyo.

The quartet of 200m champion Tom Dean, silver medalist Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards came within 0.03 seconds of the world record with a stunning performance.

The British quartet won 58.58 seconds in six minutes – a clear 3.23 second lead over the Russian Olympic Committee.

Australia claimed the bronze medal.

Great Britain was the favorite to enter the race and had qualified fastest, producing what former Olympian Mark Foster described as a “demonstration of a performance”.

The win means Dean is the first British male swimmer to win two golds at the same Olympics since 1908.

It is also the first time in 113 years that Great Britain has won three gold swimming medals at an Olympics.

Guy, who put Britain on pole position with his strong second leg, wept as Scott took the team home.

James Guy (left, with Tom Dean) showed his emotion as Britain’s victory was confirmed

He won silver in the event in Rio four years ago and was blown away after finally taking his first Olympic gold.

“After 25 years of doing it, it’s finally very emotional. It’s a dream come true,” Guy told BBC TV.

The United States pushed Great Britain into the opening stages where they were led by Dean, but Guy closed the gap before Richards took a second off the US lead.

That gave Scott a healthy lead and he took full advantage and finished just next to another world top.

“I think this is very special, with those guys – but we’re a bit gutted that we didn’t make the world record!” said Scott.

Foster, pacing the BBC studio as he watched the race, said: “I really wanted them to get the world record, but they’ll get it because it’s a young team. What a mature performance.”

Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards
The British quartet of Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards dominated the race

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