Commonwealth Games: Tom Dean shines once again with silver medals for Team England

Tom Dean on the starting block. Credit: Team England

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Tom Dean demonstrated his adaptability on Monday evening by winning two further silver medals for Team England in the men's 100m freestyle and men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

In the 100m free final, the Maidenhead swimmer charged down the final 50m, much to the delight of the Sandwell Aquatic Centre crowd, however, he was held off by Australia's Kyle Chalmers who took gold in 47.51 seconds.

Dean finished 0.38 seconds behind in 47.89 with Duncan Scott taking the bronze medal for Scotland.

The Bath University student then won his second silver of the night, and fifth of the Games, alongside James Guy, Jacob Whittle, and Joe Litchfield in the men's 4x200m relay as Team England finished runners up to Australia once again.

Scott, accompanied by Stephen Milne, Evan Jones, and Mark Szaranek, helped Scotland to another bronze, and in doing so became Scotland's most decorated Commonwealth athlete.

Speaking after the 100m freestyle final, Dean said: “I’m really happy with that.

“You can never complain with a medal on the international stage and sharing a podium with two of the best athletes in this sport [Kyle Chalmers and Duncan Scott] at the moment is incredible. I’m in great company.

“I knew I’d have to try and go with him [Chalmers] but he’s so powerful off that wall and his back end is notoriously strong. I could see how much that race meant to him.

“It’s a tough programme and adding events can add three swims with heats, semis, and finals. I’m trying to push myself to the max, 40 races in the space of two months is demanding but we’re doing it now to fine tune for Paris.”

After winning his second silver medal of the evening in the 4x200m freestyle relay, Dean added: “We gave it a good go but it’s a tough double with the 100m [earlier].

“The Aussies are a strong team, they showed that at Worlds – we tried chasing them down there and we got close again. It was an incredible race to be a part of.”

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