Swimmer Tom Dean's friends
erupted in joy after he won gold for Great Britain
in the 200-meter freestyle at the Olympics
GOLD!!! GOLD!! GOLD!!! #Tokyo2020 @BBCSport #Swimming @BBCSouthNews pic.twitter.com/wBtpR7Yba1 — Lewis Coombes (@LewisCoombes) July 27, 2021
The fact that Dean, 21, contracted COVID-19
twice in his final months of preparation for the Games added to his victory.
The first infection, around September 2020, was “not too bad,” he said, but the second, in January, came just three months before Britain’s Olympic trials, leaving him with a nonstop cough and hurting his lungs.
Dean was unable to swim for more than six weeks while recovering.
“When I was sitting in my flat in isolation, an Olympic gold
seemed a million miles away,” Dean said after his victory, “but my coach (Dave McNulty) brought me round and it's all come together.”
Dean referred to his victory as "the single most significant achievement of my life."
Duncan Scott of the United Kingdom