Monday, July 22, 2019

Scott into 200m free World Championship final

The European Champion for 200m freestyle, Duncan Scott, will now take on the best of the rest in the World Championships final for the event, which will take place tomorrow evening in Gwangju.

Scott (University of Stirling) showed strength in the back end of the race to finish his semi-final in a time of 1:45.56, which ranks him fourth for tomorrow’s final.  After finishing his fourth race in two days, Scott said of his performance,

“It’s been a tough day, a tough two swims. Off the back of last night having to come in this morning and go a 200 free heat is always really tough. It was hard to make it back it was always really close. I think everyone was a 1:46 coming into the semis and it was a bit of a scrap in the last 10-15 metres. I wouldn’t say I felt in control, but I knew where I was in the race. The last 15 or so metres were quite dirty.

“It was a bit quicker than I went at Trials so I’ve moved my race on. I’ll rest up tomorrow morning then come back for the final tomorrow night.”

Speaking of his race plan, Scott continued,

“I wasn’t meant to be as strong in that third 50m, that’s maybe what cost me in the last 10. It is something we’ve been looking at and I’ll check my splits then reflect on what I can do tomorrow.”

Speaking about his prospects in the final, Scott concluded,

“I was fourth in this event two years ago, so I’d like to think I can do better than that. The event has a lot more depth than previous years so it could be very close.”

The action resumes at 10.00 local time (02.00 UK time) tomorrow - you can catch all the action live on FINA TV

Full results from the FINA World Aquatics 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.