Two-time Olympic gold medalist Tom Dean is unfazed by his second-place finishes at the Commonwealth Games after Kyle Chalmers won the men’s 100m freestyle title.
Chalmers put a finger to his lips after clocking 47.51 seconds to win the final, seemingly a gesture in response to reports of a heated argument with Australia team-mates Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon.
Dean finished second in 47.89s, beating Scotland’s Duncan Scott into third in 48.27s, while the Londoner later claimed his fifth silver in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay in recent days.
Despite becoming the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals at the same Games in Tokyo in 113 years, he insisted he was happy with his results in Birmingham as he looks ahead to Paris 2024.
“I’m really happy with that, another silver medal. You can never complain about another medal on the international stage,” he said. “In my opinion, this is not a setback.
“It’s also a stepping stone towards the Olympics, that’s what we’re doing, it’s the pinnacle of sport.
“While the home crowd is incredible and the Commonwealth Games are important, the Olympics are a priority in our competition schedule. That is definitely the ultimate for us.”
Maisie Summers-Newton added a first Commonwealth Games gold medal she has won at the Paralympics, World and European Championships by winning the women’s 100m breaststroke SB6 final.
“I’m definitely pushing myself 100 per cent more,” said Summers-Newton after taking first place in a time of one minute and 32.72 seconds, nearly 11 seconds ahead of England teammate Grace Harvey, who finished second .
“But I have now achieved everything I ever wanted to achieve. From now on, it’s all about pushing the little things, seeing how much better we can get, and just having fun. That’s what it’s about.”
Harvey claimed silver just two and a half weeks after testing positive for Covid-19, which she feared would derail her medal hopes.
“It was quite frustrating,” said Harvey, who revealed she was laid down for three months after first testing positive for coronavirus after the Tokyo Paralympics.
“But I’m really happy with this time, so I don’t think it has been detrimental.”
Abbey Wood took bronze in the women’s 200m medley, won by 15-year-old Canada’s Summer McIntosh, who crowned her 400m title.
Katie Shanahan was also a bronze medalist in the women’s 200m backstroke – her second at the Games – while her Scottish teammates finished third in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, making Scott the most decorated athlete at the Commonwealth Games in the made history of the country.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tom-dean-harvey-australian-cody-simpson-duncan-scott-b2136045.html Tom Dean finds silver lining at the Commonwealth Games