Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Scott Powers to European Freestyle Gold

Scotland’s most decorated athlete from a single Commonwealth Games, Duncan Scott, added yet more medals to his growing collection with gold in the 200m freestyle on day 5 of the swimming competition of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Lining up behind the blocks of lane eight, Scott said he had few expectations for the race other than stick to his own plan and take it from there. His strategy clearly worked and he unbeknown to him was lying a close second at the half way mark, just behind Danas Rapsys of Lithuania. Rapsys and Scott turned together with 50m to go, but knowing his back end speed was serving him well, Scott powered away, touching home in 1:45.34 to be crowned European Champion.

Rapsys (LTU) won silver in 1:46.07 and Mikhail Dovgalyuk (RUS) won bronze in 1:46.15.

After the race an elated Scott said,

“I’m really delighted. I had to swim my own race out there in lane eight. I didn’t know what was going on with the rest of the field although I did have a sneaky look at the last turn. I didn’t know what they were doing, it was tough in that sense but I’m really delighted with the outcome.”

Speaking about his race preparation Scott continued,

“I was relaxed during the warm up and the crowd have been amazing all week. I decided to take my headphones off to walk out tonight and the crowd were amazing.

“I was lane eight so I went in with no expectations and just tried to execute my own race. I had a lot to do between the semi-finals and the finals, a lot to change and I’m delighted to have managed to change those couple of things and put in that performance.

“I knew I had a performance like that in me after the relay earlier in the week and I’m delighted to have executed it tonight.”

Ross Murdoch finished tenth overall after the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke finishing in a time of 27.39. Afterwards he said of the Championships,

“Not just this meet but the whole year has been one of very tight margins and this competition has just summed it up. For the sake of three one hundredths of a second across the 100m and 200m how different a competition this could have been for me.

“I do feel it is all pointing in the right direction  and  I was just happy to be racing and experiencing the atmosphere again here tonight.”

The quartet of Ellie Faulkner, Kat Greenslade, Holly Hibbott and Freya Anderson won Gold in the 4x200m freestyle final with a time of 7:51.65. Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) will also take home a medal following her heat swim.

Russia won silver in 7:52.87 and Germany the bronze in 7:53.76.

Earlier in the day Hannah Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team) came home in 2:13.60 for the 200m IM putting her 8th overall, but as the third fastest GBR athlete, she didn’t progress to the semi-finals. There was similar fate for Craig McNally (City of Glasgow Swim ) who finished 13th overall for the 200m backstroke with a time of 1:59.58

Start sheets and full results can be found HERE.