Thursday, July 25, 2019

Duncan Scott: 5th in world for 200m IM

Duncan Scott concluded his individual racing with a 5th place finish in the 200m IM at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju. What's even more remarkable is the fact that you can count on one hand the number of times Scott has raced this internationally, and never at World Championships level.

Touching home in 1:56.91, Scott said of his performance,

"I was quite lucky in terms of my lane draw. I had the 2017 world bronze medallist outside me and the 2017 winner inside of me so I went in just trying to race the boys next to me as I knew they weren’t going to be far away from the medals.

"I couldn’t really see what was going on in the rest of the pool. Chase (Kalisz) was just in front. He’s got probably the best breaststroke leg in the world for IM swimming. He took quite a bit out of me on that. It came right down to the wire and I’ve got to be happy with that 5th place at the World Champs. It’s the first time I’ve done the event internationally at this sort of level and I’ve moved it on each round which is good.

"The 200 and 400m IMs were my main events when I was younger so it’s not completely new to me. But it’s all about a learning experience at world class level and seeing how different guys race it. There are lots of different strengths out there. My strength is my freestyle and it has been throughout the rounds. That’s just the way it is. Now it’s about me being consistent in all four strokes and putting it together for an event like this and seeing what I can do.

“It’s the second fastest time I’ve done. It has been a tough week where I’ve raced on consecutive days and I am really pleased with that. There are lots of positives to take away from it and I’ve now just got relays to come which I’m looking forward to."

Gold in the event went to Daiya Seto of Japan in 1:56.14, silver to Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland in 1:56.56, while USA's Chase Kalisz won bronze in 1:56.78.

Ross Murdoch said it would probably take something special to make the final of the 200m breaststroke, and special it did with Australian Matthew Wilson equalling the World Record in the event with 2:06.67.

Murdoch fought every inch of his semi-final race touching home in 2:08.51 and knew with the second semi-final still to go, his race was run. He said,

"It’s just not good enough. I’ve had a really good start to the year. I felt mint this morning, felt really good this morning. It just wasn’t quite there tonight and I had a rubbish stroke at the end to finish so that might have cost me, but I just don’t know. 
That’s another year done and we go again.

"It is probably a bit soon to say what changes need to be made. There’s always stuff to work on its never perfect. We just need to look at what we’ve done this year and work out what we can do better. This season’s the first I’ve been 2:07 for a couple of years. I’m happy enough with some of the progress I’ve made but I’m not satisfied with my World Championships.

"So yes, we go again."

Big 4x200m freestyle relay tomorrow wihere GBR will try and defend the title they've won the last 2 World Championships.

You can catch all the racing live on FINA TV.

Full results from the World Championships can be found HERE.

Highlights will be shown on the BBC Two as follows:
15.45 – 17.15: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
15:00 – 16:00: Saturday
15.30 – 17.00: Sunday

*highlights will also be available on the red button at select times.