An inspiring twelve Millfieldians competed at the Toyko 2020 Olympic Games, winning a total of three medals during the competition.
Team GB swimming star, James Guy, won two gold medals in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay and 4 x 100m mixed medley relay and a silver medal in the men’s 4 x 100m medley. James’ former coach and Director of Swimming at Millfield, Euan Dale, was also at Tokyo as part of the Team GB coaching team.
Millfield’s Olympic legacy dates back to 1956, and Millfield current or former students have been present at every games since, totalling 85. James Guy said, “I’ve been around Millfield for a long time and all of the staff here at Millfield really did help me massively and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today, World Champion and Olympic medalist, Millfield is where my dream began.”
Kieran Bird and Brodie Williams were part of the victorious GB swimming team, making their debut at their first Olympics and reaching semi-finals. Danilo Rosafio represented Kenya in the pool and Muis Ahmad was part of Team Brunei. GB Rowers Helen Glover and Rory Gibbs both made the finals of their events and achieved a commendable 4th place.
Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Alec Coombes were on the GB Rugby 7s team and took 4th place after their Bronze Medal Match, losing to Argentina in a close game.
Jazmin Sawyers, current British long jump champion, competed in her second Olympic Games. After successfully progressing through to the final, she finished the competition in 8th place. Tazana Kamanga-Dyrbak joined Jazmin on the track to compete for the Denmark 4 x 100m relay team, making his Olympic debut. The Denmark team set a new national and Nordic record.
It was triathlete Oscar Coggins’ first Olympics and he competed for Hong Kong. Oscar achieved 30th place overall as the youngest athlete in the race and he set a new record for Hong Kong.
Suzanna Hext will be competing for the GB Paralympic swimming team in the coming weeks.
The school is set to see many more talented sports students follow the Olympic pathway and compete in Paris 2024.
Learn more about Millfield at Tokyo here.