Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Scott secures first individual world medal

Duncan Scott secured his first individual medal from the World Championships by winning bronze in the 200m freestyle final in Gwangju.

In what as a very close race, Lithuanian, Danas Rapsys touched home first but his celebration was short-lived as he was disqualified for a false start. Gold was therefore awarded to Sun Yang of China in 1:44.93, with Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto winning silver in 1:45.22. Scott was promoted to bronze along with Russia’s Martin Malyutin as they both touched home in 1:45.63.

Scott said of the race,

“I knew some of the boys were going to take it out hard and I knew some would come back fast. I guess that’s the beauty of the event, there are so many different ways to swim it. It must be a good event to watch, it makes it quite entertaining, but at the same time it makes it difficult to be part of.”

Speaking of his performance Scott continued,

“I was in two minds going down that third 50 whether to bring my legs into it or not. I can’t have been out that fast and I was just hurting really bad towards the end. I think I did alright holding on but I’ll have to have a watch back as I was swinging all over the place that last five, ten metres.”

Speaking of his initial fourth place finish, Scott said,

“I didn’t want fourth, it would have been fourth again after 2017 in the same event, that would have been gutting.  It was initial disappointed but then I know there’s way more in there so it was more that I’ve come here and I’ve just not delivered. That was the biggest thing that I wasn’t able to produce anything faster.

“I didn’t even know who had come first and had to look around and then by the time I had looked back at the board you could hear everyone sort of gasping and shocks going around the room. I’ve not seen many people DQ’d on freestyle as there’s not much to get DQ’d for. So for me to get bronze from someone else’s misfortune – I guess it’s the same rules for everyone, so I’ll take the positives and it is my first individual world medal.”

Speaking about his upcoming events, Scott said,

“I’ve the 100 free and 200 IM coming up tomorrow morning so it’s about evaluating this, then moving on and trying to look at those events. The 100m free, well we saw from the relays there are some boys looking pretty quick in that, and the 200m IM, there’s not been any medley events yet so there are going to be a lot of guys going in there fresh not having raced yet. Both are going to be tough.”

Concluding with thoughts on his first individual medal, Scott said,

It is a big step forward knowing I can compete at the top level. I’ve done it at the Europeans and the Commonwealth Games, but never at Worlds. My immediate reaction is thinking how I could have done better, but that’s just who I am. I’m sure once the emotions go out of it and in a couple of hour’s time, I’ll be feeling proud.”

Scott will be back in action tomorrow morning in the heats of the 100m freestyle and 200m IM.

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.

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