Saturday, August 4, 2018

Scott through to freestyle final on record breaking night

Two World Records were broken on day 2 of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships with Adam Peaty (GBR) and Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) setting new world best times in the 100m breaststroke (57.00) and 50m backstroke (24.00) respectively.

Duncan Scott showed strength in the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle, securing a place in tomorrow’s final with a time of 48.52. After the race the Commonwealth Games Champion said,

“I moved it on from the heats and went a little faster there. I could say I’d have liked to have gone faster still but is that being greedy, I don’t know. I’m just happy I’ve moved it on and have secured a position in the final.

“When it comes to a competition like this, times go out the window in some sense, it’s just about the racing which is what tomorrow is going to be about.”

Earlier in the day Scott’s University of Stirling team-mates, Craig McLean posted a lifetime best of 50.00 in the event, while Kathleen Dawson broke the Scottish Record for 50m backstroke during her heats. The 20 year old touched home in 27.92. Her GBR team-mate, Georgia Davies broke the European Record in the heats with 27.21.

Dawson couldn’t improve on that time in the semi-finals and finished with 28.11 for 12th overall. Afterwards she said,

“I’m really happy to have finally gone under the 28 mark. It feels a long time coming with me going 28.1s for around the past two years. This meet is a good benchmark to see where you are as we progress towards Tokyo.”

Earlier in the day Cassie Wild (University of Stirling) and Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) also contested the 50m back heats with Wild touching home in 28.30 and Hope finishing with 28.61.

The 4x200m mixed freestyle is a new event and the GBR quartet of Stephen Milne (Perth City), Craig McLean, Kathryn Greenslade (Edinburgh University) and Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans) finished the night with a bronze medal touching home in 7:29.72, behind gold medallists Germany (7:28.43) and silver medallists Russia (7:29.37).

Scots in action on Day 3 of the swimming competition will be Duncan Scott and Mark Szaranek in the heats of the 200m IM, Lucy Hope in the heats of the 200m freestyle and Ross Murdoch in the heats of the 200m breaststroke.

Start sheets and full results can be found HERE.