TOKYO: Tom Dean claimed a stunning gold and Duncan Scott silver to ensure a British one-two in a fast, closely-fought 200m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.
Dean touched home in one minute 44.22 seconds, securing a British record on his debut Games.
Scott finished just 0.04secs behind his team-mate, with Fernando Scheffer of Brazil taking bronze.
It is the first time since 1908 that two male British swimmers have finished on the Olympic podium together.
The 21-year-old Dean had a difficult build-up to Tokyo after twice contracting coronavirus in 2020, which at one stage left him unable to “walk up the stairs without coughing and wheezing”.
Unable to train for three weeks on each occasion, he told BBC Sport that he suffered a real setback “physically and mentally” prior to the Games.
“The three week build-up back to training had to be structured to prevent any long-term damage to my heart and lungs, so it was scary,” he explained.
“It was upsetting because no-one takes six weeks off in the build-up to an Olympics. It was a real shock to the system.”
Despite the disruption, he arrived at the Games as the second-fastest man in the year, behind Scott.
“When I was sitting in my flat in isolation, an Olympic gold seemed a million miles off,” he said.
The two Britons high-fived before sharing a hug as their remarkable podium finishes were confirmed.
Both swimmers looked shocked as they spoke to BBC Sport afterwards, with Scott describing it as an “unbelievable moment”.
The Scot was the favourite going into the race but Dean was able to back up his rapid start with a strong finish.
Scott, who won European silver in May, said he was “just buzzing for Deano” as the two good friends allowed their victory to sink in.