Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scott driven by World Champs focus

The bulk of Duncan Scott’s impressive array of international medals to date may have come in the relay disciplines but the swimmer is determined to demonstrate his individual credentials across the board at this summer’s World Championships.

Despite being just 20 years of age, Scott (University of Stirling) can already lay claim to 12 major international medals at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth level.

All bar two – 100m and 200m Freestyle golds at the 2015 European Games – have been won as part of a relay team including the momentous 4x200m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley Relay silver medals at last summer’s Rio Olympic Games.

Scott also served notice of his intent in the individual disciplines in Brazil when he became the first British man to reach the final of the men’s 100m Freestyle since Bobby McGregor in 1968, eventually finishing fifth.

That form has been carried over into this year too as he set a new British record on the way to 100m Freestyle gold at the British Championships – one of five individual medals won in Sheffield.

And with the 2017 World Swimming Championships in Budapest fast approaching (23-30 July), Scott is feeling confident.

“The World Championships have been a good competition to focus on and channel my efforts,” said the swimmer, who won gold in the 4x200m Freestyle relay on his World Championship debut two years ago.

“I swam really well at the British Championships and I was pleased with the times considering what stage of the season it was.

“I would like to move that forward now though and put in a good showing in the individual events in Budapest as well the relays. Looking at the age of the members in the team, we are looking strong across these events for years to come. The whole British team is in a great place at the minute and it’s great to be a part of that, there’s a really positive atmosphere.”

Scott remains grounded and focused on the task ahead of him and his team mates this summer despite such an international medal haul at such an early age.

“I don’t tend to think about my Olympic medals too much, they are obviously a great achievement and something I am proud of but I don’t feel pressure because of them. My job is to look forward at the next challenge and I’m excited about Budapest.

“I’m looking to see how all of the work my coach and I have undertaken is paying off. It will be interesting to see where this puts me in my individual events.”

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The British Swimming team will compete at the FINA World Championships from 23-30 July 2017. The team comprises:

Freya Anderson

Ellesmere College Titans

Charlotte Atkinson

Loughborough University

Georgia Davies

Loughborough University

Kathleen Dawson

University of Stirling

Nick Grainger

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Luke Greenbank

National Centre, Loughborough

James Guy

National Centre Bath

Holly Hibbott

Stockport Metro

Calum Jarvis

National Centre Bath

Daniel Jervis

City of Swansea Aquatics

Max Litchfield

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Hannah Miley

University of Aberdeen

Stephen Milne

Perth City  Swim Club

Ross Murdoch

University of Stirling

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor

National Centre Bath

Adam Peaty

National Centre Loughborough

Ben Proud

Plymouth Leander

Molly Renshaw

National Centre Loughborough

Rosie Rudin

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Duncan Scott

University of Stirling

Mark Szaranek

Edinburgh University/Florida

Alys Thomas

City of Swansea Aquatics

Jocelyn Ulyett

Loughborough University

Sarah Vasey

National Centre Loughborough

Chris Walker-Hebborn

National Centre Bath

James Wilby

National Centre Loughborough

Abbie Wood

National Centre Loughborough

Article courtesy of British Swimming