Team GB swimmers return home in glory after record Olympic medal haul in Tokyo
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 02/08/2021
Britain’s Olympic gold medal-winning swimmers have returned home to their delighted families.
Adam Peaty and Tom Dean were among those who triumphed in the pool in Tokyo – where Team GB clinched a record total of eight medals, including four golds.
This trumped the previous best of seven medals in the 1908 London Games.
Dean, 21, who recovered twice from COVID-19 during the pandemic, won two golds at his debut Games, in the individual 200-metres freestyle and the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Peaty, 26, picked up golds in the 100m breaststroke, where he retained his title from Rio, and the mixed 4x100m medley relay, and he also won a silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
And with one gold and three silvers, Duncan Scott became the first British athlete from any sport to win four medals at a single Games.
Returning from his second Olympics, Peaty announced he would be taking a break from competing to prioritise his mental health.
Peaty said: “I’m going to take a few months off from the sport. I’ve been pushing for so long, so it’s an outrageous amount of effort from not only myself but from my team. To be part of this team is very special.
“People are scared to race us now. We’re a small nation going against America and we’re going to try our best. We’re not scared to win.”
He added that he cried when he saw his 10-month-old son George after landing.
The Olympic champion said: “For anyone that spends any time away from their kids for more than a week or more than a day, it’s obviously been emotional.
“But coming away with everything we’ve worked for as a family and as a team, it’s great to see that pay off and it’s a moment I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
James Guy, 25, was also part of the relay-winning team.
He said the first thing he wanted was a curry, saying: “That’s one thing I’ve really missed, is having home food and home comforts.
“It’s just great to get back home and I’m going to have some great food in Bath.”
© Sky News 2020