Great Britain’s swimmers raced to further Olympic history on Wednesday morning, clinching gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay to make it a hat-trick of victories in the pool for the first time since 1908

Team GB beat the 4x200m relay today and eclipsed favourites USA to win the nation’s third swimming gold at Tokyo 2020 whilst also setting a new European record of 6:58.58.

Whilst the USA’s Kieran Smith made a strong start in the opening leg of the race and outswum Dean, Guy and Richards built a lead in their legs giving Scott enough momentum to pull away from the rest of the pack in the last 100m metres of the race. Scott surged ahead and touched the wall first to help Team GB secure its first gold a century after it won the same event in London 1908.

Tom Dean and Duncan Scott, who had finished first and second in the individual 200m freestyle on Tuesday morning, were joined in the relay team by James Guy and Matthew Richards and delivered a dominant performance, winning in a time of 6 min 58.58 sec.

It was a new national and European record, more than three seconds ahead of the Russian Olympic Committee in silver, and only 0.03 sec outside the world record.

The achievement has been a long-time coming for Great Britain who has been a consistent podium finisher but never a gold medal holder in men’s 4x200m freestyle relay. In Rio 2016, they claimed a silver medal behind gold medallists Team USA.

Meanwhile, Mikhail Dovgalyuk touched the wall 3.23 seconds behind Team GB to secure ROC a second place in the finals whilst Australia took bronze.

Also Read:- Tokyo 2020: Tom Dean and Duncan Scott have won gold and silver respectively for Team GB in the men’s 200m freestyle


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