Swim star James Guy led Britain’s men’s relay team to a stunning silver medal last night, on what proved to be a glorious day for British swimming.
But last night’s victory has brought another Olympic champion to light – Guy’s father, who is dominating the field for the title of the most adorable father at the Games.
Self-professed ‘proud father’ Andrew Guy has been chronicling the journey of his 20-year-old son at his debut Olympics, soothing his losses and cheering his victories.
Victory: Swimming champion James Guy takes a selfie with his family at the Rio Olympics. His father Andrew (centre) has been delighting fans with his heartwarming Twitter posts
Sight-seeing: As well as being at James’ side to cheer him on to his silver medal-winning success, the family have been getting out and about in Rio. Pictured here with the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
And today he crooned: ‘What a day!! Olympic silver medal for the 4 x 200 relay team and for my little boy who is now an Olympic medallist yippee!’
Andrew, who describes himself as a ‘keen golfer and fitness enthusiast, has been a constant presence in his son’s Olympic journey.
He is out in Rio cheering him on from the audience, with his wife Cath and younger son Luke, and his affection for his children is heartwarming.
‘Guy adventure has started. On the way to Rio to see our big boy swim. Very excited!!!!’ he tweeted from the airport on August 3.
Once in Rio he added: ‘Just seen James. His smile melts me!! Love this boy!!’
Patriotic: The Guy family have befriended the family of fellow Olympian Max Litchfield. Pictured here decked out in Union Flags heading to the stadium to cheer on their boys
Support: Andrew Guy has been chronicling his son James’ journey to Olympic success, posting this snapshot of the family at the airport on their way to Rio
Adorable: Before he headed out to Brazil for the Games, James was treated to this celebration cake, wishing him luck
But it hasn’t been any easy journey for world champion Guy, who was left ‘devastated’ after finishing fourth in the 200m freestyle final on Tuesday – missing out on a medal by just 0.26s.
He finished 6th in the 400m freestyle final on day one, to which Andrew tweeted: ‘Proud to be your pop. 200 free today bring it on!!!! Day 2 starts!!!!’
He made it into the final of the 200m freestyle final on day two, prompting Andrew to say: ‘Knowing my son he will give it everything.’
And after the final’s disappointing conclusion, Andrew said: ‘James misses bronze but showed his true character with his best time… James is getting quicker!!’
Heartwarming: The family’s excitement about the Games is palpable, posting snapshots of their experience at every opportunity
Adventures: In their time away from cheering on their Olympian children, the Guys and the Litchfields headed to Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach
The Guy family have also struck up a friendship with fellow Olympian Max Litchfield’s family, with days out on Copacabana Beach and heading to the Aquatics stadium to cheer on their boys.
‘Guys and Litchfields making their way to the pool, come on James and Max!!!!’ Andrew wrote, alongside a snapshot of the two families decked out in Union Flag paraphernalia.
And Olympian Guy seems to have inherited his father’s sense of humour, delighting fans with a poolside dance routine as he celebrated his team’s brilliant performance.
Proud: Andrew describes himself as a ‘keen golfer and fitness enthusiast’ as well as being a ‘proud father of two handsome boys James and Luke’
Siblings: Guy has also been keeping supporters amused with a stream of funny comments on Twitter. Pictured, James and his brother Luke when they were children
Cheerleaders: Guy, who had missed out on bronze in the 200m freestyle by 0.26s, sealed an outstanding result last night. Pictured, some of the family and friends cheering him on
Champion: Guy led his teammates to victory, managing to overtake the Japanese competitor on the final length
Guy has been keeping supporters amused throughout the Games with a stream of funny comments on Twitter, including accusing team-mate Duncan Scott of blocking the toilet.
On another fine night for British swimming, in which Siobhan-Marie O’Connor finished second in the 200m individual medley, Guy led his group of four in matching the feat.
In a dramatic turnaround, they were fifth after Stephen Milne swam the first leg, fourth after Duncan Scott’s turn and third following Dan Wallace’s lengths.
Guy, who had missed out on bronze in the 200m freestyle by 0.26s, then passed the Japanese on the final length to seal an outstanding result.
Victory dance: James Guy (right) celebrates after helping Team GB to a stunning silver in the 4x200m freestyle final. His team mate Daniel Wallace is pictured, left
Humour: The 20-year-old, who is documenting his time at the Rio games via his jokey Twitter account, launched into a routine as he celebrated his team’s brilliant performance
Celebration: Guy washed off the disappointment of narrowly missing out on an individual 200m bronze medal by swimming a superb final leg to secure second place in the team event behind Michael Phelps’s US dream team
Podium: The men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and James Guy celebrate on the podium
Joker: Guy has been keeping fans amused throughout the Games with a stream of funny comments on Twitter, including accusing team-mate Duncan Scott of blocking the toilet
The result brought Britain’s medal tally in the pool to four and came on the same night that Siobhan O’Connor secured a brilliant silver in the 200 metres individual medley final.
Guy said: ‘I’ve got faster and faster the more I’ve been racing. The team is young and we’ll be ready for the title at Tokyo 2020.’
Milne added: ‘I can’t believe it. These guys were amazing and it was a real honour to swim with them.’
Tense: The British relay team had their head in their hands as they watched the race unfold
Winners: Guy overtook the Japanese on the final length to seal another silver for Team GB
Hugs: The men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team embrace in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium
The Americans never looked like being caught. They almost never lose in this discipline, with the notable exception of when the Brits beat them at the world championships last year.
But that was a wonderful achievement not to be repeated against a team of Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte and Phelps, with 37 medals between them at the start, 26 gold. That now reads 30.
In the race among the mortals, Britain did their bit.