Tokyo Olympics: How Tom Dean battled again from COVID to win gold on the Video games

2021-07-27 13:28:00

Seven months in the past, Tom Dean contracted COVID-19 for a second time and could not stroll up the steps “with out coughing and wheezing.” Now, he has powered to victory within the males’s 200 metres freestyle on the Olympics.

Dean completed in a time of 1:44:22, setting a brand new document for Britain, forward of fellow Brit Duncan Scott.

The 21-year-old had his doubts about even making it to the Tokyo Olympics after he contracted coronavirus for a second time initially of the 12 months, which compelled him to spend as much as seven weeks out.

Tom Dean beat his fellow Brit by 0.04 seconds to take the gold medal
Tom Dean beat his fellow Brit by 0.04 seconds to take the gold medal

After testing constructive in January, he mentioned his signs had been way more extreme than the primary time he caught COVID.

“I used to be fairly in poor health for about 10 days and I served the entire isolation interval and it is a sluggish construct again up due to the character of the game we do and of the illness,” he advised reporters.

“You may’t simply go straight again into full-on coaching so it required just a few weeks … two or three months out of our Olympic trials and I am caught inside unable to even train.

“It was powerful to wrap my head round that in an Olympic 12 months.

“I feel I used to be one of many first athletes in any British Olympic sport to contract COVID twice in such a brief house of time … and I am pondering… ‘How am I going to have the ability to recuperate from this in time?'”

He advised the BBC’s At the moment programme he could not stroll up the steps “with out coughing and wheezing”.

“Once I was sitting in my flat in isolation, Olympic gold appeared like 1,000,000 miles off. However right here we’re,” he added.

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Wild scenes again residence as Tom Dean baggage swimming gold

Dean’s mom mentioned she advised him “my coronary heart is bursting” after his victory.

Jacquie Hughes advised Sky Information her son’s life has “modified eternally” after he grew to become the primary British man to win an Olympic freestyle title in 113 years.

“Earlier than the race he was very quiet, contained and inner and really methodical, he knew what he needed to do, he simply needed to get on with it,” she mentioned.

“After the race he mentioned: ‘Mum I simply really feel like I am in a dream I knew I may win it however none of it is sunk in.'”

Ms Hughes added: “I simply mentioned to him, ‘Tom my coronary heart is bursting’ – and it isn’t simply because you may have received a gold medal, it is the way in which he conducts himself, the way in which he picks himself up after disappointment.

“He is had two bouts of COVID this 12 months, it is actually knocked his plan off. I am simply so pleased with the way in which he approaches it.”

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Dean ‘felt like he was in a dream’ after win, says mum

Footage shared on the Crew GB Twitter account reveals Dean’s household celebrating within the early hours of Tuesday as they watched the occasion stay in Maidenhead.

A big crowd might be seen cheering him on after which ecstatically embracing one another as he wins.

Dean’s victory was Crew GB’s fourth gold medal at this 12 months’s Video games.

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