A number of athletes that have now wrapped up their time at Tokyo 2020 have now returned to Britain, including the the swimming team which earned a historic eight medals
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A cohort of Team GB’s Olympic heroes have arrived back in the UK after their record-breaking start to Tokyo 2020.
Amongst the returning athletes is the GB swimming team which won a staggering eight medals in the pool – including four golds.
Adam Peaty and Tom Dean were pictured together at London Heathrow with their medals around their necks.
Peaty continued his dominance in the pool at these Games, with another two golds and one silver adding to his ever growing collection.
Dean, meanwhile, won two golds in the freestyle.
Duncan Scott became the first British athlete to win four medals at a single games, having won gold in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, silver in the solo event as well as second placed finishes in the 200m solo medley and the 4×100 medley relay.
Peaty told Sky Sports about the culture change within GB swimming which has seen them go from contenders to one of the leading nations in the world.
“We are not just looking at people making the team anymore,” Peaty explained.
“It was a privilege to make the team eight years ago. It still is, I don’t want to take away anything from those Olympians who are so proud to represent their country but that is where the culture has changed now.
“We are not just trying to make the team now. We are trying to get medals and we are not just trying to get medals now, we are trying to go for gold.”
It was another golden day for Great Britain in Tokyo, after the eventing team won the Olympic title for the first time in 49 years.
The team of Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwan earned GB’s 11th gold of the games, before McEwan earned a silver in the individual event.
Emily Campbell enjoyed a miraculous performance in the weightlifting as the 27-year-old became the first British woman to ever win a medal, earning a silver in the +87kg category.
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Team GB sit on 35 medals at the end of day 10, but have numerous opportunities for more in the coming days.
There are several gold medal boxing bouts to come, as well as the culmination of the sailing, after the final races in the women’s 49er FX and men’s 49er races were postponed due to a lack of wind in Enoshima on Monday.
Peaty, meanwhile, has announced his decision to step away from swimming for a while to focus on his mental health.
But he has been left disappointed by the negative reaction from some.
He said: “Reading some of the comments in response to this is why we have such a stigma around mental wellbeing in sport. It isn’t a normal job. There is a huge amount of pressure. Money does not buy happiness.
“I’m taking a break because I’ve been going extremely hard for as long as I can remember. I’ve averaged two weeks off a year for the last seven years.
“Unfortunately there are people out there who think they know you more than you know yourself.”
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