Team GB's swim team made history today at their most successful ever Olympic Games.

The medley team won a silver medal in the last swim of Tokyo 2020, beaten by a world record time for the US of 3:26:78 to our 3:27:51. Italy took bronze.

Duncan Scott, 24, became our most decorated athlete at a single Games with a record fourth medal - making it one gold and three silver for the flying Scot.

He joined Luke Greenbank, 23, who added to his backstroke bronze, and double gold medallists James Guy, 25, and Adam Peaty to storm home in the 4x100m medley relay.

The team has been full of praise for the 'Peaty effect' that Adam (right) brings to the table (

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Great Britain had already equalled their best swimming medal haul at an Olympics. We won the inaugural mixed 4x100 metres mixed medley relay final in a new world record time yesterday.

That was our seventh gong overall - matching their tally from London 1908.

Team GB swimmers told how all-conquering Adam Peaty had given them belief and confidence going into Tokyo 2020.

Anna Hopkin and Kathleen Dawson both paid tribute to the 'Peaty effect'.

Kathleen, 23, of Warrington, Cheshire, said: "He said after our race that was his 14th World Record time. He gives you belief going into races."

Peaty after his latest medal win at Tokyo 2020 (

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Anna, 25, of Chorley, Lancs, said: "I train with him every day so I know how good he is. He gives the whole team confidence."

Glasgow-born Duncan, 24, who shared with Adam at the Rio 2016 Olympics, said: "With Adam in your team, you know that you are always in with a chance."

Adam became the first Brit of all time to retain an Olympic title in the 100m breastroke.

The 26-year-old from Uttoxeter, Staffs, now living and training in Loughborough, brought home our first Gold of the Games.

Team GB pose after the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (

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Guy joked how he had cried again - "obviously" - when he pulled out of the individual race to focus on the relays.

He broke down at poolside as the men's 4x200m medley relay team won.

Experts said Team GB's 28 medals going into today were 10 ahead of the number that the pre-Olympic Virtual Medal Table had forecast at this stage.

The BBC adjusted their projected British medal total upwards to 62, including 16 gold medals because the number of golds is also two ahead of schedule.

At this stage, it looks like Great Britain could finish fourth on total medals, ahead of host nation Japan.

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More gold medals will be required to finish that high on the gold-ordered table.

The current forecast by analysts of 16 for Great Britain would almost certainly mean fifth place on the final medal table.

Earlier Britain's Ben Proud came fifth in the 50m freestyle final won by American Caeleb Dressel who claimed his fourth Olympic title of the Games.

Ben said: "It's a tough one, that's for sure. I wish I could have brought the team back home something but that's how it is.

"Swimming has taken me on an amazing journey. It's been a tough couple of years but I'm still motivated to come back and keep swimming - for my family, my girlfriend."

It's been a hugely successful week for the British swimmers (

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Luke Greenbank, of Cockermouth, Cumbria said: "This week has been unbelievable for British swimming. I am just a bit sad we didn't get the gold.

"It's not my main event but I have been working on it in training. It's obviously frustrating especially with the momentum the team has had this week. We can build on this and come back stronger."

Adam added: "I laid it all down. I knew I had to do an extremely fast time, Unfortunately we didn't do enough to get the gold medal but sometimes you need to feel a little pain.

"I know these guys are disappointed and that's just an honest opinion on what we think we can do."

Duncan, now our most decorated Olympian at a single Games, said: "I'm very fortunate to be part of some good relay teams. In 2015 when we started coming together, we would take back-to-back silvers all day. We all swam well.

"I am slightly disappointed with mine but it's been a tough week."