Thomas Neill channelled an iconic Matty Johns second as he celebrated serving to Australia to 4x200m freestyle bronze on the Tokyo Olympics.
Neill helped Australia stormed house into third behind Nice Britain and Russia as Alexander Graham, Kyle Chalmers and Zac Incerti received the nation’s second medal of the day after Ariarne Titmus’ 200m freestyle triumph.
Teenager Neill wasn’t even born when Johns inamfously declared Newcastle’s 1997 Grand Ultimate triumph “higher than Lego” in a hilarious day-after interview, having clearly partied the triumph very onerous. However he noticed match to reference it second after Wednesday’s thrilling remaining.
“Fairly unreal. I used to be nervous being the anchor. I wasn’t going to provide away the medal,” Neill informed Channel 7.
“A bronze medal on the Olympics, as Matty Johns stated in 1997, it’s higher than Lego.”
Pre-race favourites Britain stormed to victory, narrowly lacking the world file.
Led off by Tom Dean and introduced house by Duncan Scott, they touched in 6min 58.58sec, simply exterior the 6:58.55 world mark held by america.
Russia have been second in 7:01.81, with Australia claiming bronze in 7:01.84. The US have been fourth.
It was later revealed the Australian crew solely simply prevented being disqualified after Incerti left the block 0.03 seconds early within the remaining changeover.
Thankfully, there’s a 0.03s leeway given for relay changeovers – that means even 0.01 seconds later would have meant Australia have been disqualified.
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