01:03PM, Tuesday 27 April 2021
Maidenhead’s Tom Dean has been selected to represent Team GB at this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, just a week after recording the 10th fastest ever swim in the 200m freestyle at the national selection trials.
A further 24 athletes have been selected for the games to join four pre-selected swimmers, Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott, James Wilby and Luke Greenbank, who were chosen back in January.
Dean, who spoke to the Advertiser last week following his sensational display at the selection trials, touched home less than a split second behind Scott as both went inside the previous British Freestyle record at the London Aquatics Centre.
Dean finished second to Scott, with the Scot touching home in 1.44.47, and Dean in 1.44.58. Their performances will have been noted by rivals across the world and saw them both jump onto the top 10 all-time rankings for the event, alongside the likes of Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe and Ryan Lochte.
The Bath University swimmer is set for his first ever Olympics, but he’ll fly out to Tokyo with genuine individual and relay medal hopes. The men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team - which Dean will hope to be a part of - will be focused on taking another podium position after winning silver in Rio five years ago.
He said: “We will definitely be eyeing up some silverware and will definitely be going for gold in that relay. It’s so good that the event has moved on as much as it has within GB. It’s good for this summer’s Games and it’s good for Paris 2024 aswell.”
“My parents won’t be allowed to be there for my first Olympics which isn’t ideal, but I’m just happy that it is going ahead to be honest.”
“But a 1.44 after that, that would’ve won the last Olympics. Hopefully, if I can carry that forward to Tokyo, then I’ll be in the running for a decent result hopefully. We’ve got to wait and see really.”
Team GB Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, Mark England, said: “In the space of less than a week we have seen the number of Team GB athletes selected for Tokyo jump from 74, which is incredibly exciting and demonstrates just how much the momentum is growing as we edge closer to 23rd July.
“The quality of this team is exceptionally high and the recent selection trials illustrated how dedicated each swimmer has been to earn their selection for Tokyo throughout what has undoubtedly been a very challenging period. Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to watching you all in action in Tokyo.”
British Swimming Performance Director and Swimming Team Leader for Tokyo, Chris Spice, said:
“What an amazing week of racing we just witnessed at the iconic London Aquatics Centre. We had several standout performances and personal bests at every turn. We have over 40 per cent athletes on the team that were not with us at our last World Championships in 2019 which demonstrates the outstanding work coaches and support staff across Britain have done.”
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