Saturday, April 07, 2018

Slam Dunk – third medal for Scott

Duncan Scott could well be on course for a record medal haul by a Scottish swimmer at a Commonwealth Games as he won medal number three at the half way point of the swimming competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Swimming in his first ever international 200m butterfly, Scott lined up alongside some renowned fly specialists, including South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Olympians David Morgan (Australia) and Canada’s Mackenzie Darragh.

Indeed it was le Clos who dominated the event leading from start to finish taking the title in 1:54.00, a new Games Record. Scott himself turned for home back in 5th spot but used his strength in the latter stages of the race to power his way through the field to win a sensational bronze for Scotland and claim his third medal in 1:56.60, a new personal best. David Morgan of Australia won silver in 1:56.36.

Speaking after the race Scott said of his achievements, 

“I’ve done a lot of different events here, the 100, 200 free, 200 fly and I can take both positive and negatives away from each and every one. I had an Aussie next to me but couldn’t see the rest of the field. I felt if I could beat him I was in with a chance.

“I always seem to come back very strong in the fly and I had to do that tonight. My third 50m was poor but that last 50 was a lot better than it’s ever been and that’s something really positive to take away.

“I didn’t really know where I was in the race but I actually enjoyed that, well as much as anyone enjoys a 200m fly.”

When asked about how he felt his chances were ahead of the race, Scott continued,

“Steve (Tigg) probably had more confidence in me than I did for that. We spoke in the holding camp about it and even this morning he was saying that if I put in a strong performance I could really challenge for medals. In my head I did agree with him and I have full confidence in the process but it’s not until I’m out there with 100 to go that I really feel that I’m in a great situation.

“The confidence that Steve has in me really helps and I think that the relationship we’ve developed over the years is invaluable.”

Scott returned to the pool later in the evening for the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle. The British Record holder for the event finished second in his race and fourth fastest for tomorrow’s final (48.72). Jack Thorpe, fresh from the part he played in winning Scotland’s first ever 4x100m free medal, finished 12th overall with 49.75.

Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson were both involved in the final of the 100m breaststroke. In a class field which included Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion, Adam Peaty (ENG), and Commonwealth Champion over 200m, James Wilby (ENG) it was always going to be a tough ask to get in amongst the medals.

Indeed it was an English 1-2 with Games veteran Cameron van der Burgh winning bronze. Both Scots pushed hard and came home in 5th and 6th place respectively with Murdoch posting 59.89 while Benson finished in 1:00.42 

After the race Murdoch was upbeat about his performance,

“That was alright, a bit faster than last night for me. I’m happy to be moving on from round to round.

Craig Benson said of his race,

“I’m a bit disappointed with that to be honest. I went out pretty hard to get myself into the race, but that didn’t leave me enough at the end. It was a stacked final and I’ll now turn my focus on the 50m tomorrow.”

In other finals tonight Kathleen Dawson finished =6th in the 100m backstroke while Toni Shaw lowered her PB again finishing 6th in the SM10 200m IM.

The quartet of Lucy Hope, Camilla Hattersley, Abbie Houston and Hannah Miley showed strength to finish 4th in the 4x200m freestyle final.

Craig McNally made it through his semi-final of the 50m backstroke to take the outside lane for tomorrow’s 50m backstroke final, while swimmers due to race in Sunday’s heats include Kathleen Dawson in the 200m backstroke, Craig Benson, Euan Inglis and Mark Campbell in the 50m breaststroke, Lucy Hope in the 100m freestyle, while Toni Shaw will contest the S9 100m freestyle.

Hannah Miley returns for the 200m IM, while Sean Campsie and Corrie Scott are involved in the heats of the 100m butterfly and 100m breaststroke respectively.

Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) competes in the 800m freestyle. There’s also the 4x200m freestyle, an event the Scottish men have won silver in for the past three Games.

Swimmers due to race in Sunday’s heats include Kathleen Dawson in the 200m backstroke, Craig Benson, Euan Inglis and Mark Campbell in the 50m breaststroke, Lucy Hope in the 100m freestyle, while Toni Shaw will contest the S9 100m freestyle.

Hannah Miley returns for the 200m IM, while Sean Campsie and Corrie Scott are involved in the heats of the 100m butterfly and 100m breaststroke respectively.

Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) competes in the 800m freestyle. There’s also the 4x200m freestyle, an event the Scottish men have won silver in for the past three Games.

 

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