Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Scott secures place in second World Championship freestyle final

Duncan Scott, Mark Szaranek, Kathleen Dawson and Ross Murdoch were all in action on Day 4 of the swimming competition of the FINA World Championships from Budapest.

Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) returned to the Duna Arena in Budapest today to compete in the 100m freestyle, an event he is currently ranked number one in the world in. He looked comfortable in the heats where he posted a time of 48.46, but with two heavily stacked semi-finals he would have to go faster to secure a spot in the final.

And this he did, finishing his semi-final in third place with a time of 48.10 which put him 6th overall for the final. After the race he said,

“Both semi-finals were pretty stacked so I’m happy with that. I’m still learning this event; Steve (Tigg) and I are working on keeping my stroke long right to the end.  I’m not necessarily the ideal build for this event but my strength to weight ratio are good and I take advantage of the speed that gives me in the last 25m of the race.

“It’s going to be a real dog fight in the final tomorrow.”

Mark Szaranek (Edinburgh University/Florida) made his World Championship (LC) debut when he stepped onto the blocks in the 200m IM. He touched home in 1:59.68 and was faster in the semi-finals where he posted 1:58.80 to finish 11th overall.

After the semi-final, Szaranek said,

"I'm disappointed not to make the final, although happy to be faster in the semi-final compared to the heats. I thought I was capable of making the final but unfortunately it just didn't work out."

Szaranek will return to the action on the final day in the 400m IM.

Fresh from her 100m backstroke final Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling) was back in action in the 50m event. She finished 19th overall in a time of 28.42, just off her Scottish Record best of 28.20.

Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) helped get the 4x100m mixed medley team to the final with a solid breaststroke swim this morning. The quartet of Georgia Davies, Ross Murdoch, James Guy and Freya Anderson qualified 4th fastest in 3:44.79.

The quartet changed in the final with Georgia Davies, Adam Peaty (who won another Gold in 50m breaststroke final), James Guy and Siobhan-Marie O’Conner  in action. They finished 5th in 3:41.56, a new European Record.

Murdoch will be back in action on Thursday in the 200m breaststroke.

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