Toyko 2020: Bury swimmer James Guy wins Olympic gold with GB relay team

James Guy celebrates Olympic gold medal
James Guy celebrates winning Olympic gold Credit: PA

Bury swimmer James Guy has won an Olympic gold medal as part of Team GB's 4 x 200m freestyle relay team.

The quartet of Guy, Tom Dean, Duncan Scott and Matt Richards won an emphatic victory in the race with a time of 6:58:58 which was just 0.03 seconds outside the World Record.

The 25-year old, who swam the second leg, broke down in tears at the end of the race. He said he had achieved a lifelong ambition.

James Guy (right) with his Team GB team-mates Tom Dean, Duncan Scott and Matt Richards Credit: PA

James Guy was already a double Olympic silver medallist having finished second in two relay events at the 2016 Rio games.

His family, who watched the race from home, said they were unable to put into words how proud they are.

  • James Guy's dad and brother react to his gold medal.

James Guy swims in 4 x 200m freestyle relay Credit: PA

James' former youth swimming coach at Trafford Metro Swimming Club says the Olympic champion always showed what he was capable of.

Bob Bolton watched the final with other members of the club in the early hours of this morning. He told ITV News that James holds all the club's swimming records.

The Tokyo gold medal is Great Britain's first in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay since 1908. It continues a hugely successful week for Team GB in the pool, following gold medals for Adam Peaty and Tom Dean and a silver for Duncan Scott.

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