Monday, July 24, 2017

Scott powers into 200m freestyle final

On a golden night for British Swimming, which saw both Adam Peaty and Ben Proud crowned World Champions, Scottish swimmers also provided grounds for celebration.

Duncan Scott produced an outstanding semi-final swim in the 200m freestyle posting a time of 1:45.16, which sees him go into tomorrow’s final as fastest qualifier. Scott (University of Stirling) used his superb technique and excelled in the 2nd part of the race to post a time which smashed his own Scottish Record and was only 0.02 off the British Record, currently held by defending champion and team-mate, James Guy. Guy will be 2nd fastest in tomorrow’s final.

After the race Scott said of his performance,

“I had to go out all guns blazing, just to make sure I got to the final. This is the first 200m freestyle I’ve competed in internationally and it will really help with my confidence ahead of my main event on Wednesday, which is the 100m freestyle. I’m really excited about that.”

Having just seen Adam Peaty and Ben Proud winning gold, Scott continued,

“The men’s camp is in a good place at the moment, we just need to keep the momentum going through to the end of the week and beyond. It’s great to be part of.”

The first final of the evening saw Adam Peaty break the Championship record for the 100m breaststroke on his way to gold. He posted 57.47, the 2nd fastest time for the event in history. University of Stirling’s Ross Murdoch also made the final. He finished 8th in 59.45 and will now look forward to his main event, the 200m breaststroke on Thursday.

Murdoch’s University of Stirling team-mate, Kathleen Dawson, is also showing great promise on her World Championships debut.  She posted another season’s best time of 59.82 in the 100m backstroke semi-final and progresses to Tuesday’s final.

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