Team GB Olympic swimmers, Siobhan-Mari O’Connor and the men’s team win two silver medals.

Yesterday, team GB bagged two more silver medals at the Rio summer Olympics. Twenty year old Siobhan-Marie O’Connor won silver the 200m individual medley, while the men’s team were awarded silver for the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Siobhan-Mari O’Connor

Born and raised in Somerset, O’Connor finished 0.3 seconds behind Hungarian world champion Katinka Hosszu, who set an Olympic record.

O’Connor, swam a British record two minutes 06.88 second and was looking like she was closing in on Hosszu, wh is a three times fold medalist just from this years Olympics in Rio.

Nevertheless, O’Connor sees silver as an incredible achievement as she has become the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the 200m medley.

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor

“I was really confident coming into it because sometimes I can have disruptions. I felt in a really good place,” said O’Connor, who finished almost two seconds ahead of the USA’s Madeline Dirado in third.

“It feels pretty unreal. I am trying not to cry but it is the best feeling in the world.

“It doesn’t seem real but seeing my family, I was getting choked up. It means everything. It has been tough but it is so, so worth it.

“Sometimes you think ‘is it my time?’ It just shows what determination can do and all the hard work has paid off, but I would not have been able to do it without my amazing team.”

 

Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final – UK Win Silver

GB’s men’s relay team of Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and James Guy were second to a dominant USA.

Tough the UK men’s team attended Rio as world champions, no one expected them to challenge a USA team, which included 21 Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps.

Swimming - Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final

Swimming – Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final

Although the silver looked unlikely for the British Olympians in the early stages of the final, Dan Wallace brought the team past Australia, followed by Guy who overtook Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda in the final leg to secure second position by 0.37 seconds.

Guy said: “The first few days were tough for me. I’ve got faster and faster the more I’ve been racing. The team is young and we’ll be ready for the title at Tokyo 2020.”

Milne added: “I can’t believe it. These guys were amazing and it was a real honour to swim with them.”