Swimmer Tom Dean sensed the concept of Britain’s fourth gold Tokyo Games on the fourth day of the Olympics, six months after receiving a second Covid.
The 21-year-old, who struggled to climb the stairs after contracting the virus, knocked out Duncan Scott by 0.04secs in the 200m freestyle.
For one thing, Georgia Taylor-Brown fought a stabbing in the last line of the bike’s leg to take the silver triathlon.
The Briton was 22 seconds away from the leading four-pack package that will work.
But she has pushed back all her rivals with the exception of Flora Duffy of Bermuda to finish second emotionally.
It is Britain’s third silver triathlon after Alex Yee’s victory on Monday.
‘Olympic gold seemed a million miles’
Dean’s preparations in Tokyo were badly disrupted by Covid, and the 21-year-old lost more than six weeks of training after contracting the disease twice.
“When I was sitting in my apartment alone, Olympic gold looked like a million miles away,” he said.
“I had Covid in September and the new year. The first time wasn’t too bad. The second time I had time to completely isolate myself, I couldn’t train myself and it was a slow walk back to training.”
Dean’s teammate Scott was a favorite in the finals after a quick qualifier, but was beaten to the end.
The result is Britain’s first double swim in 113 years when both men were congratulated by Adam Peaty, who successfully defended his 100m breastroke title on Monday.
Taylor-Brown battles rain, wind, and wheel rims to win silver
Taylor-Brown, 27, revealed that after finishing having overcome a pressure fracture in her leg to make the first line, she passed a strength test late a week before heading to Tokyo.
“My training had gone very well before that, so that was shocking, but I knew I had all that training in the bag,” he said.
“I wanted to keep it a secret. You don’t want to show your opponents your weaknesses.”
His hot, humid race preparations were thrown by Tropical Storm Nepartak which brought strong winds and heavy rain to the event.
Afterwards, on the bike’s leg, he woke up with the leaders before the rear wheel saw him slide back to the last mile of the 40km leg of the bike.
Afterwards, he said he was “shocked” at the time of the incident.
“I didn’t know what to do, so I just walked out of the apartment. It was a bit scary but it worked out well,” he told BBC Sport.
The success of the gold medalist Duffy marked history as Bermuda became the nation with the youngest people to ever win Olympic gold.