At the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tom Dean won the men’s 200-meter freestyle event in a time of 1 minute, 44.22 seconds, edging out fellow British swimmer and pre-race favourite Duncan Scott by only four-hundredths of a second.
Here are all of the Official Medal Tallies From the Tokyo Olympics:
- The Final of the Men’s 200-Meter Freestyle
- Tom Dean of Great Britain clocked in first with a time of 1:44.22.
- It was won by British athlete Duncan Scott (1:44.26).
- Third place, Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer (1:44.66)
- Romania’s David Popovici (1:44.68)
- The Russian Olympic Committee’s Martin Malyutin placed fifth with a time of 1 minute, 45 seconds, and 01.
- Kieran Smith (USA) comes in at number six with a time of 1:45.12
- In seventh place, Sunwoo Hwang of South Korea clocks in in 1 minute, 45.26 seconds.
- Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys (1:45.78).
Dean’s triumph marked a first for a British male freestyle swimmer since 1908.
It was the world championships that Dean had yet to win after taking home four European titles.
As the 21-year-old eventually finished ahead of Scott and Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer, who finished second and third, respectively, that statement is no longer accurate.
As of now, Scott is the proud owner of three silver medals from the Olympic Games. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he placed second in both the 4×200 freestyle and the 4×100 medley. The 24-year-old also owns three gold medals from the World Championships.
Scheffer, then 23 years old, took home bronze in the Olympics, the first medal of any kind he had ever won. At the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, swimmers competed in a total of 35 events, including 17 races for men and women and a 4 x 100-meter medley relay.
The men’s 800-meter run and women’s 1,500-meter run will both debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This will bring the number of events open to both sexes to parity. Thanks for reading our article Swimming at the Summer Olympics – 200 Metre Freestyle.