Swimmers Duncan Scott and Luke Greenbank have pulled off a big day at the pool for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics.
Scott won a silver medal in the 200m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics and Greenbank won the bronze medal in the men’s 200m backstroke.
Scott already had a gold medal from the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay and a silver in the individual discipline.
He was in fifth place heading into the final 50m of the medley but he went up a gear to surge into second place with a time of 1:55.28, just 0.28s behind winner Shun Wang of China.
Greenbank had qualified second-fastest for Friday morning’s final and started well at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, sitting behind Evgeny Rylov of the Russian Olympic Committee after the first length.
By the halfway point, Greenbank had been overtaken by American Ryan Murphy but he managed to hang on to third place with a finishing time of one minute and 54.72 seconds, 1.45secs behind gold medallist Rylov.
In a high-octane race, Great Britain’s rowers had to settle for a bronze medal on the podium after New Zealand claimed gold in the men’s eight and Germany narrowly pipped them to silver.
Luke Greenbank qualified second-fastest to reach the final
The team – Josh Bugajski, Jacob Dawson, Tom George, Mohamed Sbihi, Charles Elwes, Oliver Wynne-Griffith, James Rudkin, Henry Fieldman, and Tom Ford – were not considered medal favourites ahead of the race.
However, the medal is Britain’s second in the Tokyo Olympics rowing regatta after a silver in the men’s quadruple sculls on Wednesday.
A little earlier, there was disappointment for Team GB’s Vicky Thornley, who agonisingly missed out on a medal in the women’s single sculls at the Sea Forest Waterway.
She lost out on bronze to Austria’s Magdalena Lobnig – and had been bidding for a second Olympic medal after winning double sculls silver alongside Dame Katherine Grainger in Rio five years ago.
New Zealand’s Emma Twigg won the gold medal.
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Thornley said: “Fourth is tough, but I don’t think I could have done any more, especially in the second half of the race.
“I didn’t have quite enough at the end, but I am proud of what I have delivered over the last eight days. There have been some hellish days, especially the three days waiting for the semi-final.
“The last five years have been incredible – some of my darkest days and some of my best days. I am proud of the race I put together.
“I thought I had the momentum, but I didn’t have quite enough.”