Tom Dean Swimmer

  • DOB

    2 May 2000
  • Coach

    David McNulty
  • Club

    British Swimming Performance Centre, Bath
  • Main event

    Freestyle/Medley
  • Best result

    Olympic Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 11
    • 15
    • 7
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Tom Dean was one of the British stars of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - a trend which he continued with many more trips to the podium in 2022.

Dean was one of the busiest athletes on the team during the summer of 2022, starting with the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest where took three bronze medals, including one in his flagship 200m Freestyle event. His success followed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as he became Team England's most decorated athlete at a single edition of the event - taking a total of six silver medals and a gold in the 4x100m Medley Relay. His summer was then rounded off in Rome at the European Aquatics Championships, with the athlete taking a medal of each colour,  the gold being in the Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

Tom continued his consistent performances in the pool with a hat trick of silver medals in the 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley and the 200m Freestyle at the 2022 British Swimming Championships, ahead of an exciting summer of World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships. 

The Tokyo Olympics were an incredible success for the Bath Performance Centre man, with two gold medals from two events. Dean claimed a stunning Olympic Title in the Men’s 200m Freestyle, where he touched out fellow Brit Duncan Scott to secure the gold in an extremely close and exciting final that brought the first British gold-silver combo at an Olympics in more than a century. His other gold came in the 4x200m Freestyle relay, where he led off the team to a comfortable win in a European Record time.

Dean played his part in a trio of relay victories in Budapest's European Championships, with the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle, Mixed 4x200m Freestyle and Men's 4x100m Medley Relay titles all going that way. He also was one of two Brits on the podium in the Men's 200m Freestyle, taking bronze behind Duncan Scott's silver, while there were also silvers for him in the Men's 4x100m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relays.

Before that, the Bath National Centre athlete claimed the first senior individual medal of his career and made his World Championships debut during a busy 2019.

Dean's impressive performances saw him included in the British team for the Worlds in Gwangju in July, the University of Bath swimmer finishing 11th in the 200m Individual Medley and ninth as part of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet. 

That was followed by a memorable outing in the European Short Course Championships in Glasgow at the end of the year, when he secured silver in the 400m Freestyle - his first solo international medal in senior competition. 

Dean narrowly missed out on a spot in the 200m Individual Medley final at the European Championships in 2018, after he posted the ninth-fastest time in the heats. The youngster also competed in the 400m Medley event and ranked inside the top 15. 

Notably, though, Dean played his part in helping Great Britain claim gold in the Men's 4x200m Freestyle relay, picking up his maiden senior international title as they became European champions.

The 2018 British Championships proved fruitful for the Maidenhead-based athlete as he claimed gold and the domestic crowns in both the 200m and 400m Individual Medley events.

As a junior, Dean returned a multi-medallist from the 2017 European Junior Swimming Championships in Netanya, Israel after he topped the podium in the 200m Individual Medley and followed it up with a silver medal finish in the 400m IM.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
100m Freestyle 2021 48.06
200m Freestyle 2021 1:44.22 BR
400m Freestyle 2021 3:47.48
200m Individual Medley 2022 1:57.18
400m Individual Medley 2019 4:18.83
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 6:58.58 ER
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
200m Freestyle 2020 1:42.36
400m Freestyle 2020 3:36.56
200m Individual Medley 2018 1:55.73
400m Individual Medley 2020 4:02.53
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Freestyle 2021 - Tokyo 1:44.22 Gold
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Tokyo 6:58.58 Gold
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Freestyle 2022 - Budapest 1:44.98 Bronze
200m Individual Medley 2022 - Budapest 1:56.77 5th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:11.14 4th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 7:04.00 Bronze
4x100m Medley Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:31.31 Bronze
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:22.44 4th
200m Individual Medley 2019 - Gwangju 1:58.34 11th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2019 - Gwangju 7:02.04 5th
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Freestyle 2022 - Rome 48.23 7th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Rome 3:12.70 Bronze
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Rome 7:12.38 6th
4x100m Medley Relay 2022 - Rome 3:33.60 4th
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Rome 3:23.30 Silver
Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Rome 7:28.16 Gold
200m Freestyle 2021 - Budapest 1:45.34 Bronze
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:11.56 Silver
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 7:04.61 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:32.48 Gold
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:22.07 Gold
Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 7:26.67 Gold
200m Individual Medley 2018 - Glasgow 2:00.32 9th
400m Individual Medley 2018 - Glasgow 4:20.32 15th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2018 - Glasgow 7:05.32 Gold
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Freestyle 2022 - Birmingham 47.89 Silver
200m Freestyle 2022 - Birmingham 1:45.41 Silver
200m Individual Medley 2022 - Birmingham 1:57.01 Silver
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Birmingham 3:11.73 Silver
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Birmingham 3:22.45 Silver
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Birmingham 7:07.50 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2022 - Birmingham 3:31.80 Gold
British Swimming Selection Trials
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Freestyle 2021 - London 48.51 Bronze
200m Freestyle 2021 - London 1:44.58 Silver
400m Freestyle 2021 - London 3:47.48 Silver
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Freestyle 2022 - Sheffield 48.06 Silver
200m Freestyle 2022 - Sheffield 1:45.73 Silver
200m Individual Medley 2022 - Sheffield 1:57.18 Silver
200m Freestyle 2019 - Glasgow 1:46.86 Bronze
200m Individual Medley 2019 - Glasgow 1:58.89 Silver
200m Individual Medley 2018 - Edinburgh 1:59.88 Gold
400m Individual Medley 2018 - Edinburgh 4:18.90 Gold
100m Breaststroke 2017 - Sheffield 1:04.62 31st
200m Breaststroke 2017 - Sheffield 2:20.99 25th
200m Individual Medley 2017 - Sheffield 2:05.35 15th
400m Individual Medley 2017 - Sheffield 4:21.23 6th
400m Individual Medley 2016 - Glasgow 4:32.78 17th
100m Breaststroke 2015 - London 1:08.28 36th
200m Breaststroke 2015 - London 2:27.91 39th