Tom Dean ’in a great position’ after booking spot in 200m Freestyle finalJuly 26, 2021
They’re sharing an apartment in Tokyo … now Tom Dean and Duncan Scott will be bidding to share a place on an Olympic Games podium.
The duo both booked their spots in the 200m Freestyle final with Scott qualifying quickest in 1:44.60 after winning the second semi-final and Dean fourth fastest in 1:45.34.
They’ll go head-to-head at 2.43am UK time on Tuesday 27 July.
Dean said: “On paper, the stat is we were first and second quickest coming into the Olympics, but it’s not raced on paper.
“We’ve got to wait and see, but we’re in a great position going into tomorrow morning.”
Scott added: “”It feels good being in the final.
“It’s great to have Deano there as well – I love racing with him. He’s a great teammate and we’re in an apartment together as well, so it’s really good fun.”
Meanwhile Sarah Vasey was looking at the positive of reaching an Olympic Games semi-final after just missing out on a place in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke final.
Vasey clocked 1:06.87 to finish fifth in her race and 11th overall.
But the 24-year-old was not downbeat after saying: “The Olympic experience is amazing.
“If I’d told myself 10 years ago I’d be doing this, I’d have been pinching myself at being in an Olympic semi-final, so you’ve got to take the positives.
“I thought it was going to be a lot faster, I feel like I’d done everything I can to prepare for that and I feel like I deserved a better race, but sometimes you’ve just got to deal with what you’re dealt.
“I felt really good and I knew what I needed to move on from last night, I thought I’d done that but obviously not.”
Kathleen Dawson booked her spot in the Women’s 100m Backstroke final – but Cassie Wild missed out.
Dawson was third in her semi-final in 58.56, while Wild finished 8th – and 15th overall on her Olympic debut– in 1:00.20.
“I feel like I’ve had a great load of confidence building up into this,” said Dawson. “Especially winning Europeans twice in the same night!
“I was really confident coming in. It’s definitely been a rollercoaster over recent years, but I think the proof is in the swimming that I’ve come back stronger than ever.
“It’s amazing just to be a part of this point in history in backstroke.
“I’m not too focused on getting a medal because there’s obviously some great competitors in there, but I want to be in the mix – and it could be anyone.
“It’s just about getting your hand on that wall.”