Great Britain has won eight swimming medals in Tokyo 2020 as Duncan Scott’s silver in the men’s 4x100m medley race sets a new record for medals won by a British man in one sport.
The quartet of Scott, Adam Peaty, Luke Greenbank and James Guy finished 0.73 seconds after the gold medal winners in the USA.
- Italy finished in third place to take bronze.
- Silver was Scott’s fourth medal in Tokyo as Britain signed their most successful Olympic pool.
- The USA needed a three-minute world record of 26.78 seconds to beat Great Britain gold at the end of swimming.
Winning also means Tokyo’s fifth gold medal for American star Caeleb Dressel. He joins fellow countrymen Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi, and Kristin Otto of East Germany, as the only swimmers to win five gold medals in one Olympics.
British swimmers sign the lake after the highly successful Olympics
Great Britain swimmers sign the Tokyo Olympics at the lake with an impressive four gold, three silver and one bronze medal to complete a dramatic transformation of luck.
- Less than a decade ago they finished London 2012 with just three medals – one silver and two bronze – and at the last Olympics in Rio they returned home with a gold medal on their own.
- They now leave Tokyo with eight medals – the most coveted in any game by Great Britain in the Games.
Scott’s three silver medals and one gold mean he has six Olympic medals – only Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny have won more.
- “I have a lot of partners in the team,” Scott told BBC Sport. “I’m very fortunate to be part of a team that plays very well.”
Peaty, who won Britain’s first gold medal in the Games while winning the men’s 100m belt, leaves with three medals – two of which were gold. But to emphasize the extent to which Great Britain has made progress in swimming, the quartet is disappointed that it did not sign the final gold, rather than celebrate the record price.
“That’s the level we are now,” said Peaty.
“We don’t look at brass or silver and look at how we can get gold. That’s my idea.”
Dressel earns USA medals
Before helping the USA win gold in the race, Dressel took one gold by winning the men’s 50m men’s race. The 24-year-old won the Olympic 21.07 seconds in addition to his 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay relay in Tokyo.
- Ben Proud of Britain finished fifth in the race with Florent Manaudou of France taking silver and Bruno Fratus of Brazil to bronze.
USA swimming medals by winning a gold medal
Dressel teammate Bobby Finke has added to the USA swimming medals by winning a gold medal in the men’s free 1500m. Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine won silver and Florian Wellbrock of Germany took bronze while Britain’s Dan Jervis finished in fifth place.
- Emma McKeon won the women’s 50m race to win her 10th Olympic medal – more than any other Australian athlete in history.
During an Olympic record of 23.81 seconds
The 27-year-old touched home during an Olympic record of 23.81 seconds to claim his third gold medal at the Games and his sixth overall in Tokyo. His 10 Olympic medals move him forward with Australian swimming history Ian Thorpe.
- Sarah Sjostrom, the world record holder, finished in second place and Pernille Blume of Denmark in third place.
- In the end, Australia won gold in the women’s 4x100m medley relay as the USA won silver and Canada won bronze.