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Tom Dean: MBE

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Tom Dean said being awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list has ‘rounded off a cracking year’ as the 21-year-old was recognised for his services to swimming.

Dean made a splash in the 4x200m freestyle and the 200m freestyle last summer by becoming the first male British swimmer to win two gold medals at the same games in 113 years.

It was a remarkable feat considerin­g he had caught coronaviru­s twice during his preparatio­n for the global event and was forced out of the pool for several weeks.

“What a way to round off a cracking year, said Dean of his MBE.

“I think it’s great that all the teams and athletes have been recognised for their hard work.

“My family and I have received some lovely messages and that’s really special because they have put in so much hard work owing to my success in the pool.”

He added: “Since the Olympics my life has changed. You don’t normally get stopped in the street as a swimmer, but after winning gold, I was getting recognised outside my front door every day.

“People were coming up to me and said how they have started swimming because of my racing, and that’s probably my favourite thing to have happened since the games.”

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