World Aquatics Championships: Tom Dean confident Britain’s swimmers will carry on Olympics success


‘I feel the team is going to do a brilliant job’: Tom Dean says it will be ‘tough’ without Adam Peaty but is confident Britain’s swimmers will prove their Olympics success is no fluke as World Aquatics Championships gets going

  • Team GB won eight medals at the Olympics with Tom Dean claiming two 
  • Dean is confident they can succeed at World Aquatics Championships
  • Adam Peaty will be absent from the championships taking place in Budapest 

Tom Dean is confident Britain’s swimmers will prove their Olympic success was no fluke when the World Aquatics Championships begin in Hungary on Saturday.

Team GB achieved their best-ever haul in the pool at last summer’s Tokyo Games, when they won eight medals — with Dean claiming two golds.

The British squad will be without their superstar Adam Peaty in Budapest, as the triple Olympic gold medallist and eight-time world champion continues his recovery from a broken foot.

Tom Dean is confident Britain’s swimmers can follow on from their Tokyo Olympics success

They took eight medals at the Olympics ahead of the World Aquatics Championships

They took eight medals at the Olympics ahead of the World Aquatics Championships

Duncan Scott — who won four Olympic medals last year — has also pulled out after he suffered problems recovering from Covid.

However, Dean said: ‘Although it will be tough not having them there, I feel the team is going to do a brilliant job.

‘Adam is such a dominant figure in the world of swimming, but at the same time, the team is just getting stronger and stronger.

‘Look at our medal count from Tokyo compared to Rio and London. We are coming home with great hauls.

Adam Peaty will be absent from the championships in Budapest as he recovers from injury

Adam Peaty will be absent from the championships in Budapest as he recovers from injury

‘It is going to be tough but it will give other people opportunities. Our team is so strong anyway that we are still going to put in a good performance.’

On a personal level, Dean is determined to prove he is no one-hit wonder as he looks to build on his stunning 200 metres freestyle victory in last year’s Olympics.

He said: ‘I’ll have a target on my back, but I will use that to spur me on. Any person who wins on a world stage wants to back it up.’

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