Worth staying up for! Tom Dean wins gold medal in 200m freestyle in Tokyo to kick off WILD 3am celebrations for friends and family in Maidenhead… after a first British one-two in the pool since 1908!
Tom Dean sent friends and family back to the UK in a frenzy after claiming an Olympic gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle.
The 21-year-old became the first British man to win Olympic gold in freestyle in 113 years, with Duncan Scott taking the silver medal in a Team GB one-two.
In the immediate aftermath of his 200m win, Dean said: ‘Thank you so much to everyone at home, my mother, my family, my girlfriend, all the boys in Maidenhead, thank you for staying up.’
Tom Dean sent friends and family back to the UK in a frenzy after claiming an Olympic gold medal
The 21-year-old became the first British man to win Olympic gold in freestyle in 113 years
A video has surfaced on social media of many of those close to Dean cheering him on during the race
Now a video has emerged on social media of many of those close to Dean cheering him on during the race and then going wild as his first and Team GB’s fourth gold medal of the Games was confirmed.
Many had gathered under the night sky at 3am to watch Dean and were not disappointed with screams and shouts of joy as he touched the wall in a British record of 1 minute and 44.2 seconds.
Scott, meanwhile, finished in second place, meaning Team GB now has 10 medals at this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
His time of 0.04 seconds behind Dean was also his personal best, finishing 0.44 seconds ahead of Brazilian Fernando Scheffer, who won bronze.
However, the GB duo became the first male British swimmers since Henry Taylor and Thomas Sidney Battersby in the 1500m freestyle in London 113 years ago to finish on the same Olympic podium.
Many had gathered under the night sky at 3am to watch Dean and they were not disappointed
Duncan Scott (left), meanwhile, won silver when they completed the first British man to swim one-two on the same podium for the first time since 1908
Dean not only thanked those who stayed at home, but added: “I knew it was going to be a dogfight. I didn’t know how people would swim in it. It was race against race.’
Scott, meanwhile, said: ‘Just a huge credit to Tom Dean, that was unbelievable. Olympic Champion – he’s come this far in the last 18 months, it’s a joy to watch.
“It’s great to be able to say he’s a good size out of the pool. It’s also great to be able to compete against him.
‘Of course I’m very happy about that. Huge credit to my coach Steve Tigg. I wouldn’t be here without him. The journey I’ve taken with him since I was about eight years old has been phenomenal. I’m just buzzing for Deano to be honest.”
Dean meanwhile finished 0.44 seconds ahead of Brazilian Fernando Scheffer (R), who won bronze
Dean also confirmed that he had contracted the coronavirus twice in the past 12 months, with his first attack in September before another one in the new year.
But he got even more praise from former Team GB Olympian Siobhan Marie O’Connor, who says Dean was “the most talented swimmer” she’d ever seen.
“I’m speechless and struggling to find the words,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Tom Dean is the most talented swimmer I’ve ever seen. I always knew he would win Olympic gold one day, but after getting COVID twice this year I thought it would be 2024. He’s INCREDIBLE.’
“So Proud DEANO OLYMPIC CAMP.”