SWIMMING - Matt Richards wins gold at World Aquatics Championships - The Droitwich Standard

SWIMMING - Matt Richards wins gold at World Aquatics Championships

Aaron Sutcliffe 25th Jul, 2023 Updated: 27th Jul, 2023   0

MATT Richards won gold for Great Britain in the 200m freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan to become a world champion for the first time.

Richards stormed to gold ahead of GB teammate Tom Dean who took silver and South Korea’s Hwang Sun-woo who claimed bronze.

The Droitwich swimmer was just 0.02 seconds ahead of Olympic champion Dean as the GB pair won Britain’s first medals of the Championships.

Richards said: “I am pretty tired but over the moon. It was one of the most stacked fields in a long time.

“It’s amazing to come away with the one-two for GB again. I’m just really happy we managed to get that done, hopefully, it’s the first of many.”

The 20-year-old qualified second fastest for the semi-finals behind American swimmer Luke Hobson and was fifth quickest in qualifying for the final.




And Richards saved his best performance for the final to claim gold in a time of 1 minute 44.30 seconds.

Richards won Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 in the 4x200m freestyle and is a two-time European champion.


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