Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Flying Scott Breaks British Record

It was a busy afternoon for Scottish swimmers in the pool with Duncan Scott, Craig Benson, Stephen Milne, Robbie Renwick and Dan Wallace all in action.

Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) laid down a superb marker in the 100m freestyle, winning his heat in a new British Record time of 48.01 and putting him third fastest into tonight’s semi-finals. The British Record had stood since the Beijing Olympics when Simon Burnett went 48.20.

Ben Proud also raced and finished in 49.14, 29th overall.

Next in action were Andrew Willis and Craig Benson in the 200m breaststroke heats. Willis (Bath University) used his experience and timed his race to perfection winning his heat 2:08.92, which puts him 3rd fastest into tonight’s semi-finals.

Benson, (University of Stirling), swimming in his second Olympic Games, found the going tougher and finished 4th in his heat in a time of 2:11.19. That did see him 15th so he still has an opportunity to improve on that when he races again later tonight.

Nick Quinn (Edinburgh University) swimming for Ireland won his heat in 2:11.67.

The final event of the session was the 4x200m freestyle an event which GBR are the reigning world champions. There was a real Scottish flavour to the team with Stephen Milne (Perth City), Robbie Renwick (University of Stirling), Dan Wallace (Warrender) and Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) making up the quartet; that’s the same quartet that won silver for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Milne made the early pace with a solid PB of 1:46.70 before handing over to Renwick. Renwick, swimming for the first time in Rio, struggled with the pace posting a split of 1:48.17 before handing over to Dan Wallace. Wallace, looking to pay back the selectors for his place in the Team swam well taking over the lead and touching home with a split of 1:46.39 before Duncan Scott anchored them home.

Despite having swum earlier in the session, Scott looked fresh and powered the team home in a time of 7:06.31 (split of 1:45.05) setting a new Scottish Record and putting GBR the fastest into tonight’s final.

Also in action tonight will be Siobhan Marie-O’Connor in the final of the 200m IM.

The finals are due to start at 2am GMT.

For a full set of results from the swimming click on the following link: https://www.rio2016.com/en/swimming-featured-results-download