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Tom Dean MBE


Date of Birth

2 May 2000



Place of Birth


Commonwealth Appearances

Tom Dean's life as a Team England swimmer started very sweetly.

The 23-year-old took home seven medals from his debut Games at Birmingham 2022, including gold in the 4x100m medley.

Six silvers also returned to Bath where Dean trains as he engaged once again in a fascinating battle with Duncan Scott.

Dean, and his family, gained notoriety as he stormed to Olympic gold on debut in Tokyo.

His family and friends congregated in the back garden of the family home in Maidenhead to watch Dean in action in the middle of the night as he won that first gold medal, with the video going viral. 

The freestyle swimmer had a rollercoaster 2021, testing positive twice for Covid in the build-up to the Games but recovering to win the 200m freestyle ahead of teammate Scott in a thrilling final. 

He followed that up with a gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay, alongside Scott, becoming the first male British swimmer to win multiple swimming gold medals at the same Games in 113 years. 

Dean’s Covid bad luck extended to the 2021 World Short Course Championships, when a close contact forced him to withdraw during the meet.

But the University of Bath student, who had to put mechanical engineering studies on hold for his swimming career, was available for the most important races of the year at the Olympics. 

Covid could not stop him from dominating at Birmingham 2022 as joined a whole host of swimming stars to have won seven medals at a single Commonwealth Games.

Tom Dean aka “The SubmaDean” followed up his double Olympic triumph at Tokyo 2020 by making history in Birmingham, becoming the first Home Nations athlete to win seven medals at a single Commonwealth Games.

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