Team GB in Tokyo: Six medals added to record tally on day four

0
47

Team GB won gold and silver in the same race in the pool for the first time since 1908 as Tom Dean and Duncan Scott completed a British 1-2 – a result that was just the beginning of an historic day four at Tokyo 2020:

• Dean and Scott make history in the swimming

• Charlotte Dujardin joins greats Grainger and McKane Godfree  

• Georgia Taylor-Brown fights back from flat tyre for triathlon silver

• Women’s gymnastics surge to bronze in team final

• Bianca Walkden puts disappointment aside to get taekwondo bronze

• Coming up on day five:  Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Cycling

British 1-2 continues swimming success

Where Adam Peaty led, Tom Dean followed. And Duncan Scott wasn’t far behind either.

Almost exactly 24 hours after Peaty’s 100m breaststroke masterclass, Team GB delivered the most remarkable encore.

In the men’s 200m freestyle, Dean beat his fellow Brit on the touch to become a surprise but far from undeserving Olympic champion, while Scott was left with the familiar feeling of taking home silver.

Not since 1912 had more than one British swimmer departed an Olympic Games laden with gold and not since 1908 had Team GB secured a swimming one-two but both droughts were broken in spectacular style as the duo surged from behind with 50 metres to go.

Dean said: “I contracted COVID-19 twice in the last 12 months, I had six or seven weeks out during an Olympic year which is almost unheard of.  

“When I was sitting in my flat in isolation, an Olympic gold seemed a million miles off.”

READ: Shell-shocked Dean overcomes double setback

Five Olympic medals for Charlotte Dujardin with team bronze

Charlotte Dujardin became Britain’s most decorated female Olympian of all time with her fifth medal in Tokyo.

She helped Great Britain claim a team equestrian dressage medal for the third straight Olympics – adding a bronze to their gold and silver from London and Rio.

It means Dujardin joins rower Dame Katherine Grainger and tennis player Kathleen McKane Godfree on five medals, with her three gold medals the most of the trio.

Defending champions Germany proved just too strong again and the USA scored marginally better to drop Dujardin, Carl Hester and Charlotte Fry down to third – the same podium as 2016 with just the one switch of places.

Dujardin said after her record-breaking bronze: “It’s always a huge honour just to come to an Olympic Games and represent your country.

“To come away with another medal is just absolutely unbelievable. I feel so proud to be here, we have such a fantastic team – it’s unbelievable.”

READ: Five-star Dujardin back in the record books

Taylor-Brown has the run of her life to bounce back from puncture

Georgia Taylor-Brown conquered a flat tyre to claw back incredible Olympic silver in the women’s triathlon.

The Mancunian lost 22 seconds after a mechanical failure on the final lap, leaving her fifth.

But she bridged the gap to bronze in little more than a kilometre and caught USA’s Katie Zaferes with a lap to go to claim a remarkable medal on Olympic debut – just weeks after being injured in the build-up to the Games.

Taylor-Brown said: “About a week before we flew out I had to prove I was fit to compete, which was probably more stressful than today because it could have been taken away from me.

“But I proved I was fit, ready to go and did more than they asked me to do. I had to go in to today relaxed and that I’d done everything I possibly could, and I left everything out there.”

READ: Injury and puncture can’t halt Georgia Taylor-Brown

From seventh place at halfway to historic bronze

Team GB’s artistic gymnasts won a first women’s team Olympic medal since 1928 after delivering a spectacular performance to battle back for bronze in Tokyo.

A medal looked unlikely after the first two rotations but a brilliant comeback on the vault and uneven bars saw Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova, Alice Kinsella and Amelie Morgan leapfrog Italy and Japan.

Morgan held her nerve with a superb uneven bars routine at the end to score 14.033 and there was a nervous wait before confirmation of a medal arrived, sparking jubilant scenes.

They finished with a combined 164.096, just 0.458 points more than fourth-placed Italy.

Jessica Gadirova said: “It’s a dream we never thought come true. I never thought this was possible but it’s happened – I don’t know what to say.  

“We each played a massive part and altogether, we just did it.”

READ: The kids are alright in artistic gymnastics

Last-gasp loss denies Walkden gold medal chance but she rallies for bronze

Bianca Walkden is already looking to Paris after landing her second consecutive Olympic bronze.  

The world champion and world number one was edged out in her 67kg semi-final in a close and cagey contest with South Korea’s Lee Da-bin – who overhauled Walkden’s lead with a high-scoring head kick in the very last second.

But she picked herself up to win the bronze medal match against Poland’s Aleksandra Kowalczuk, maintaining a narrow advantage throughout before securing a 7-3 victory.

She said: “I’m glad I came away with an Olympic medal but it was not the colour I trained for or expected.

“I gave my heart and soul in that semi and was a little bit unlucky with some of the decisions.”

READ: Walkden rallies to taekwondo bronze

Road cycling, rowing and rugby sevens on Day Five

Team GB’s rowers will be hoping swimming’s success in the water converts to glory on the water as medal events get underway at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Four British crews have a chance at Olympic glory, while Helen Glover must come through her women’s pair semi-final to defend her crown with action getting underway at 1:00 BST.

Anna Shackley is the sole British hope in the women’s time trial race at 3:30 BST after failing to finish in the women’s road race where compatriot Lizzie Deignan ended in 11th.

Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart will go for gold in the men’s time trial at 6:00 BST, the pair have recovered from a collision on the road race and Thomas will hope to improve on his ninth place in Rio.

The men’s rugby sevens team must conquer New Zealand to reach the gold medal final and are in fine form after a stunning comeback against the USA in the semi-finals.

The silver medallists from Rio 2016 came through their group with two wins and one defeat and take on the All Blacks Sevens at 11:00 BST.

Source: Team GB

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here