Tom Dean, right, triumphed in the men's 200 metres freestyle ©Getty Images

Tom Dean and Duncan Scott gave Britain their first one-two finish in an Olympic swimming pool for 113 years after powering onto the men’s 200 metres freestyle podium at Tokyo 2020 here.

Scott was the fastest qualifier heading into the final, with the two British swimmers expected to contend for medals after boasting the quickest times in the world this year.

South Korea’s Hwang Sun-woo was the fastest in the opening 150 metres, turning for the final time under world record pace.

Hwang was unable to maintain the pace, though, as he drifted back through the field as Scott and Dean surged.

A closely contested finish went the way of Dean.

Dean, who was forced to take two three week breaks from the sport last year after contracting COIVD-19 twice, touched home in a national record time of 1min 44.22.

The 21-year-old’s first Olympic title was won by a margin of 0.04 seconds, with compatriot Scott winning silver.

The rare British one-two in an Olympic pool - the first since Frederick Holman beat William Robinson in the 200m breaststroke at London 1908 - proved too much for some, with Dean and Scott’s team-mate James Guy seen crying in the stands.

Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer edged out Romania’s David Popovici to take the bronze medal in 1:44.66.

Popovici finished 0.02 seconds off the podium places in fourth.

Kaylee McKeown triumphed in the women's 100m backstroke in an Olympic record time ©Getty Images
Kaylee McKeown triumphed in the women's 100m backstroke in an Olympic record time ©Getty Images

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) also celebrated a one-two finish, with Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov topping the standings in a closing contested men’s 100m backstroke final.

Kolesnikov, a multiple European champion and six-time Youth Olympic champion, appeared poised to earn his first Olympic gold.

The 21-year-old turned at the 50 metres mark under world record pace, but faced the challenge of Rylov in the closing stages.

Rylov, a two-time world champion over the 200m distance, touched the wall 0.02 seconds before Kolesnikov to win gold in 51.98sec.

The gold was the second Olympic medal of Rylov’s career, following 200m bronze at Rio 2016.

Kolesnikov earned his first Olympic podium finish by securing silver, with Rio 2016 champion Ryan Murphy of the United States’ settling for bronze in 52.19.

Australian star Kaylee McKeown marked her Olympic debut with gold in the women’s 100m backstroke.

McKeown completed the event in a Games record time of 57.47, just 0.3 seconds outside her own world record.

The 20-year-old dedicated the victory to her late father Sholto, who died of brain cancer last year.

Canada’s Kylie Masse held on to secure the silver medal in 57.72, with American Regan Smith rounding off the podium places in a time of 58.05.

Lydia Jacoby earned a surprise gold in the women's 100m breaststroke ©Getty Images
Lydia Jacoby earned a surprise gold in the women's 100m breaststroke ©Getty Images

There was a surprise in the women’s 100m breaststroke, as America's world record holder and Olympic champion Lilly King suffered defeat for the first time since 2015.

Her team-mate Lydia Jacoby produced a strong finish to overtake South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker in the closing stages.

The 17-year-old, who is from Alaska, earned gold in a time of 1:04.95.

Schoenmaker earned South Africa’s first medal of Tokyo 2020 by winning silver in 1:05.22.

King was left settling for bronze in 1:05.54.

World record holder Kristof Milak qualified fastest for tomorrow’s men’s 200 metres butterfly final, with the Hungary followed by Brazil’s Leonardo de Deus.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos won his semi-final and was the third fastest qualifier, with the London 2012 gold medallist providing a strong response to earning the 16th and last place in the semi-finals yesterday.

Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion Katinka Hosszú suffered a scare in the women’s 200m individual medley.

Hosszu qualified seventh fastest for tomorrow’s final, with United States’ Kate Douglass and Britain’s Abbie Wood posting the top two times.