Om Dean became England’s most decorated athlete at a single Commonwealth Games, with a “special” gold after winning six consecutive silver medals from Birmingham.
Dean was beaten again by Duncan Scott in the men’s 200m individual medley on Wednesday night, with his friend and rival also pipped over the same distance in the freestyle at the weekend.
But with Brodie Williams, James Wilby and James Guy, Dean finally won Commonwealth gold as England edged Australia by eight-hundredths of a second in the men’s 4x100m medley relay final, with Scotland beating a tough Sandwell. Completed podium positions at the Aquatics Center. .
The Dean broke the previous English record for most medals at the Games held jointly by Brian Brinkley, Mel Marshall and Siobhan Marie O’Connor, making it his lucky number seven by edging out Kyle Chalmers in the freestyle leg. The team reached home in three minutes and 31.8 seconds.
The double Olympic champion said: “Finally, six silvers and a gold. It was such a lovely way to end an incredible week. A big seven this week, which is pretty special.
“The silver is incredible. I’m very happy to go with that much silver but we’re competitive people by nature, it’s in our DNA, so when you’re so close to getting that gold It stings a little bit. Glad it’s collected here.”
The Dane won a famous Olympic gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle last year, edging out the Scot, who has gained a measure of revenge in recent days with two individual wins against the Londoner.
Scott hit the front early on the final night of swimming at the Games before clocking a winning time of one minute and 56.88 seconds, holding off a late charge from Dean, who moved up the leaderboard. The latter was 0.13 seconds behind in seventh place at the halfway mark. A poor backstroke leg.
“I can’t get away from that guy over there,” Dean chuckled. “I knew he wanted to come to England and stamp his name as a Scot. It was a big deal for the Scots.
“Every race I’ve done since the Olympics, you feel like there’s a target on your back. You know I wouldn’t have it any other way. It means I’ve played the sport. I have done something very good.”
While Dean collected three individual and four relay gongs at Birmingham 2022, the Scot won two gold and four bronze medals, taking his total to a Scottish record 13 medals across three events.
“The competition gets the best out of us,” Scott said. “He’s the Olympic champion in the 200-meter free, faster than me in the 100-meter free. Great racer, great competitor. I knew he would come home early.”
Ben Proud followed up his men’s 50m butterfly gold with victory in the freestyle, his third consecutive title in the event after clocking 21.36 seconds, with English team-mate Lewis Brass 0.32 seconds behind in second.
Proud also won the event at June’s world championships and was happy to bounce back after finishing joint fifth at Tokyo 2020, saying: “A lot has changed. This is really my redemption year.
“Something clicked and I finally figured out how to swim fast in the final. I was able to hold off the young guns for another year.”
Bethany Firth claimed Northern Ireland’s first Commonwealth gold in the women’s 200m freestyle S14 pool, with English pair Jessica Jane Applegate and Louise Fidds second and third respectively.
There was more cheer for Northern Ireland as Daniel Whiffin won silver in the men’s 1500m final, with England’s Luke Turley taking bronze, while England finished third in the women’s 4×100 medley relay final. Got the position.
Emma McKeon – whose personal life has been under the microscope over the past week amid speculation she and Cody Simpson had fallen out over Chalmers – helped Australia win as she won six golds, a silver and a bronze. topped the individual medals table.