Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Scott vows to progress after strong show in 200m final

On a night when Adam Peaty once again re-wrote the record books, wtih a sub 26.00 for 50m breaststroke, Duncan Scott said he was disappointed not to medal, finishing fourth in the 200m freestyle final at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, but vowed to learn from the experience.

Duncan Scott showed real speed and strength of character during the back end of the race, moving up to fourth place and showing how much he belongs in a stacked international field where Olympic Champion, Sun Yang of China,  touched home in 1:44.39 to secure his second gold medal of the meet. Townley Haas (US) won silver in 1:45.04 while Aleksandr Krasnykh (RUS) just held of Scott for the bronze medal with a time of 1:45.23. GBR’s James Guy was fifth in 1:45.36.

After the race Duncan Scott said,

“I swam my best race in the semi-final, which isn’t ideal, but I will learn and move on from that.

“I had strength at the end of the race, which was good and that’s something I have been working on. I’ve tried a few tactics now and I need to determine how best to swim that distance. It will come.”

Scott’s team-mate, Kathleen Dawson clipped the lane rope on her way to an eighth place finish in the 100m backstroke, which was won in a new World Record time by  Kylie Masse of Canada in 58.10. Kathleen Baker (USA) won silver in 58.58 and Australia’s Emily Seebohm won bronze in 58.59.

Dawson’s time was 59.90, 0.22 off her Scottish Record, and after the final she said,

“I am loving every minute of this and just taking each race as it comes.

"To be here and experience a different level of competition, it's a real step up. I'm completely in awe of everything and I can't stop smiling."

Both Scott and Dawson are back in action on Wednesday in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke respectively. Mark Szaranek (Edinburgh University/Florida) will also make his World Championshps (LC) debut tomorrow in the 200m IM.

Full results can be found here

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