Sunday, August 1, 2021

Relay silver and historic fourth medal for Scott

Duncan Scott today earned the accolade of Britain’s most successful Olympian from a single Games, as he added a fourth medal to his haul, with silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay, the last race of the swimming meet from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

It took a World Record by the Americans to pip Britain’s medley relay team to silver in a thrilling finale to the Olympic swimming meet. Britain’s quartet of Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott gave it their all to finish in a new European Record of3:27.51.

Greenbank, who won a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke, led the team off with a solid opening leg, but it was world record holder, Ryan Murphy (USA), who made the early mark, establishing a small lead over the rest of the field. Adam Peaty took over for Greenbank and showed his dominance in breaststroke, producing the fastest relay split of all time (56.53) before handing the lead over to James Guy for the butterfly leg.

Guy, who won gold in the mixed medley relay the night before, was up against world record holder for 100m fly, Caeleb Dressel (USA). Guy, as always, gave it his all, swimming a superb leg before handing over to Duncan Scott.

Scott, with three medals already from Tokyo, pushed hard, challenging the Americans all the way to the wall. While Zach Apple brought the US team home for the gold medal, in a new world record time of 3:26.78, Scott played his part in securing a European record for the British team as they finished in 3:27.51 to win silver. Italy won the bronze in 3:29.17.

After the race the team commented:

Duncan Scott: “I’m very fortunate to be part of some excellent relay teams, this being one of them. I think initially we’re all a bit disappointed. In 2015 when we started coming together, back to back silvers in this event, we’d take that all day. We came in here to really challenge the Americans like we did last time at the Worlds.

“Looking at the splits, we all swam well; I’m pretty disappointed with mine, but that’s just the way it is. It has been a tough week but we’ve got to be happy with that.”

James Guy: “The way this week has been for British Swimming is unbelievable with medals all over the place. If someone had said to us back in 2015, 2016 we’d do this, we’d have bitten their hand off. It has been a great week. It’s a bit sad we didn’t get the gold today, but you know, it needed a world record and we all played our part.”

Luke Greenbank: “Obviously the 100 isn’t my main event but we’ve worked hard for this in training. I know I’ve got these three guys here who are all world class in their events. It is frustrating to be second with the momentum the team have had over the past week with some incredible results. I know we can build on this and we will come back stronger.”

Adam Peaty: “It was an extremely fast time but unfortunately we just didn’t do enough to teak that gold. But you know with the success that British Swimming have had, and we’ve all had, sometimes you need a bit of pain. While people back home will say ‘but you’ve won Olympic silver’ the standard we are at now, we’re not looking at bronzes or silvers, we’re looking at how to get gold. That’s just my mindset, and I know these guys are disappointed as well. That just the honest opinion of our performance and what we thought we could do.”

Looking ahead to the future, Peaty continued,

“We wait for a new generation to come through. You look at most of the team now, not just in swimming, in all sports, there's a new generation of athletes coming through, one that’s a lot more aware of self, which is really important.

"We’ll use this to reflect, it’s very important to reflect, how do we get better? We’re not quite sure yet, but before we go hard again, we’re going to take a big break because sport is hard, it's 24/7, 365. We’ve come a long way."

This was Britain’s eighth medal in the pool (4 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), giving them third on the swimming medal table and meaning that Tokyo 2020 has been the most successful Olympics ever for British swimmers.

The schedule and results for the swimming meet can be found HERE.

Finals begin at 2.30am GMT.

Heats begin at 11am GMT.

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