Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sensational Silver for Scott; Gold for Freestyle Relay

The British Swimming team won two golds and a silver medal in a thrilling night of racing on day three of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

In the 100m freestyle final Duncan Scott put in another superb final 50m to win a sensational silver medal in a time of 48.23. Gold went to Alessandro Miressi (ITA) in 48.01 while Mehdy Metella (FRA) won bronze in 48.24. Afterwards Scott commented:

“It’s been a really good evening. The 100m free was solid and the biggest thing for me was to progress each round on, improving my time from heats to semis to final.

“I don’t feel I’ve got easy speed that I may have had at other times of the season, so I’m having to focus on other areas of my race. I was very fortunate to have a boy on one side of me taking it out fast then another on the inside bringing it home hard. It tends to be a blanket finish in the 100m free and is just about getting your hand on the wall.”

Scott was also involved in the last race of the night the 4x200m freestyle. The quartet of Calum Jarvis, Duncan Scott, Tom Dean and James Guy each put in outstanding legs for Guy to touch home for the gold medal in a new Championships Record time of 7:05.32. Russia took silver in 7:06.66 and Italy the bronze in 7:07.58.

Stephen Milne and Cameron Kurle will also be awarded a gold medal having played their part in the heats.

Earlier in the day Duncan Scott also posted the third fastest time in the heats of the 200m IM. Unfortunately the two per nation rule came into play meaning Mark Szaranek and Max Litchfield were the Brits involved in the evening's semi-finals.

Both Litchfield and Szaranek put in strong swims and both qualified for tomorrow’s final in 2nd and 4th place respectively (1:57.62 and 1:58.22). Afterwards Szaranek said,

“I’m very happy with that, it felt easier than it did this morning which was nice.  We had to go all in this morning as there were four Brits and all of us capable of getting those top two spots. Tonight was more relaxed and I feel I’ve saved a bit for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it.”

Ross Murdoch will also return to the pool tomorrow for the final of the 200m breaststroke having won his semi-final in 2:08.57. Afterwards he said,

“I enjoyed that swim, it felt nice to be swimming the race my way again; not thinking I’m doing it my way but going out like a lunatic, I was actually controlling the first 100 and feeling like I still had something left in the back end."

Speaking about the close finish of the race, Murdoch continued,

“It was a fun race. I wasn’t trying to get the touch on Kirill (Prigoda, RUS) at all I was just sticking to my own race plan and it just so happened I got there in the end.

"The final looks pretty good. I’m not really interested in where I am coming into the final I’m sticking to my own plan. I’m enjoying my swimming, I’ll look at tonight’s race, analyse it, take learnings from it and then use that to my advantage tomorrow.”

GBR's first gold medal of the night was won by Georgia Davies in the 50m backstroke.

Earlier in the day Lucy Hope swam in the 200m freestyle heats finishing in a time of 2:01.54.

Scots in action on Day 4 of the swimming competition will be Duncan Scott in the heats of the 200m freestyle, Cassie Wild and Kathleen Dawson in the 100m backstroke heats.

Start sheets and full results can be found HERE.