Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fifth place finish for Scott in World final, while Murdoch powers on

He may only be 20 years old but Duncan Scott has already competed in two individual World Championship finals and has gained invaluable experience from them both.

Tonight, at the Duna Arena in Budapest, was the 100m freestyle, the event in which he finished 5th at last year’s Rio Olympic Games in 48.01. It was the same result for the University of Stirling student tonight, his time of 48.11 just off the pace in what was a very competitive final.

Gold went to Caeleb Remel in 47.17 and his US team-mate, Nathan Adrian, picked up silver in 47.87. Mehdy Metella of France won bronze in 47.89. After the race Scott said,

“My times have been consistent but I am not producing the best time I know I can do. It’s a bit gutting but I will look back on these Championships as a good opportunity for international race experience.

“Tomorrow is a new day, we’ve the 4x200m freestyle and I’m really looking forward to that.”

Scott’s University of Stirling team-mate, Ross Murdoch, was also in action, back to racing his preferred event, the 200m breaststroke.  Ahead of the World Championships Murdoch said,

“There is no room for error in breaststroke in the UK such is the talent. 2016 was a real rollercoaster for me; I had a poor meet at Trials, a great European campaign then a disappointing Rio. It took a while for me to get my head together after that but I’m in a good place now.”

Murdoch really did look in a good place. A solid swim in the heats saw him touch home in 2:08.98, which put him into the semi-finals as second fastest qualifier. The semi-final saw him take over a second off that time, as he ignored the early pace makers, to touch home first in 2:07.72, 3rd fastest overall ahead of tomorrow’s final. After the race, Murdoch said,

“That felt fantastic. I love racing this event; there are so many ways to race it, it’s fun and it’s always good to get the touch.

“It was a quick first 100m for my stroke count. I could just about see someone to the side of me, but I stuck to my own race and let everyone else do their race. I’m looking forward to the final.”

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