Team GB win SILVER in the men’s 4X100m medley to take their medal haul in the pool to a best ever EIGHT but the USA earn gold with a new world record
Team GB eclipsed their best ever Olympic medal haul in swimming with a silver in the men’s 4x100metres medley.
The world champion quartet of Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott were beaten in a thrilling finish by the USA, who set a new world record of 3min 27.51sec.
That ensured Britain finished at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre with four golds, three silvers and one bronze, with their overall tally of eight bettering the seven they won back at London 1908.
Team GB eclipsed their best ever Olympic medal haul in swimming with a silver in the men’s 4x100metres medley
The USA set a new world record to beat Britain to the gold medal on Sunday morning
Scott also became the first British athlete in any sport to win four medals at a single Games, while Peaty and Guy collected their third each.
Greenbank, the 200m backstroke bronze medallist, started things off for Team GB but they were back in seventh when he completed his leg.
However, Peaty was next and swam the fastest breaststroke split in history with a time of 56.53sec to give Britain a lead.
Guy, who had won gold here in two other relays, was chased down by American great Caeleb Dressel in the butterfly as Scott dived in second.
And the Scottish swimmer was unable to hunt down American’s anchor man Zach Apple despite an impressive swim, as the Brits finished 0.73sec with their own new European record.
Peaty swam the fastest breastroke split in history but it was enough to see Britain win gold