Former Royal School student Matthew Richards wins Olympic gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay in Tokyo
The Royal School’s former student Matt Richards was part of Britain’s first Gold medal winning 4x200m freestyle relay. Team GB’s first victory at the Olympics since 1908.
The quartet of Tom Dean, James Guy, Matt Richards and Duncan Scott raced the team to a commanding victory in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Richards’ amazing effort on the third leg proved key as he handed Duncan Scott a massive advantage to win the gold, narrowly missing the World Record.
The Russian Olympic Committee landed silver and Australia finished in the bronze medal position.
Elizabeth Simmonds said on commentary: “Matt Richards… what a superstar! He went in on what was probably the weakest leg and he had an exceptional swim.
“You see James Guy in tears and you expect nothing less, an exceptional character. There are so many emotions from him. I’ve got Goosebumps. That was absolutely exceptional.”
Matthew coached coached at The Royal School since 2015 found an ingenious way to train through the lockdown. Matthews’s parents bought a large paddling pool for Matt to train in the back garden. They attached a bungee cord to the garage wall and attached it to Matt in his wetsuit.