Tokyo Olympics: Great Britain win emphatic gold in 4x200m freestyle relay
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; live text and video clips on BBC Sport website and app.
The quartet of 200m champion Tom Dean, silver medallist Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards came within 0.03secs of the world record in a stunning performance.
The British quartet won in six minutes 58.58 seconds – an emphatic 3.23secs clear of the Russian Olympic Committee.
Australia claimed the bronze medal.
Great Britain were favourites going into the race having qualified fastest and they produced what former Olympian Mark Foster described as a “demonstration of a performance”.
The victory means Dean becomes the first British male swimmer to win two golds at the same Olympic Games since 1908.
It is also the first time in 113 years that Great Britain have won three swimming gold medals at an Olympics.
Guy, who put Britain into pole position with his strong second leg, shed tears as Scott brought the team home.
He won silver in the event in Rio four years ago and was overwhelmed after finally securing his first Olympic gold.
“Hurting me most was getting fourth in Rio – being a young lad I was dreaming of Olympic gold, that’s all I’ve ever wanted,” Guy said.
“All the early mornings, all the years of getting up at 10 past four, we are here and it is finally nice to do it.
“Tom, my training partner, getting gold yesterday, I felt like I was swimming with him, that’s why I was so emotional.”
The United States pushed Britain in the opening leg, where they were led by Dean, but Guy closed the gap before Richards took a second out of the US lead.
That gave Scott a healthy head start and he took full advantage, finishing just short of a new world best.
Richards, who at 18 years old is the youngest and most inexperienced of the quartet, said this race was “just the very beginning”.
“It’s an honour to have this medal hanging round my neck,” he added.
“Forever now, this will be something that I can say I was part of and it will be something I can tell my kids and hopefully my grandkids about one day.”
Foster, who was pacing the BBC studio as he watched the race, said: “I so wanted them to get the world record – but they will get it, because it is a young team. What a mature performance.”
Earlier, Britain’s Abbie Wood missed out on women’s 200m individual bronze by 11 hundredths of a second.
“It’s bittersweet. I’m happy with the time and know I couldn’t have done much more,” she said.
“Maybe in the race, I got a bit excited and in the last five metres forgot about putting my hand on the wall.”