Thursday, December 5, 2019

European freestyle silver for Duncan Scott

"..it’s a good position to be in for later competitions to know that if I swim my best times I’ll be in with a shot of a medal.” Duncan Scott

Duncan Scott secured a silver medal in a highly competitive and close 200m freestyle final on day two of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, which are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Glasgow-born Scott broke the British Record in the heats (1:40.92) but couldn’t repeat his pace in the final, having also swam a 400m IM heat, in which he broke the Scottish Record (4:01.20). Little separated the athletes in the centre lanes throughout the race and Scott had a slight advantage with 50m to go. Dana Rapsys (LTU) had other ideas and stepped up a gear, storming through from fourth to take the gold medal in a time of 1:41.12. Duncan Scott touched home for silver in 1:41.42, with Mikhail Vekovishchev (RUS) winning bronze in 1:41.52.

Afterwards Scott said of his performance,

“It was the second fastest I’ve ever been so that’s good. The back end wasn’t as good as this morning but it wasn’t that far off what I went this morning and it’s been a good three races of high intensity and I’ve learned quite a bit.

“I’m here to focus on the heats and I’m trying to swim as fast as I can in the morning. I’m here to challenge myself but I guess there’s always a little bit in you that will think ‘my PB would have won’ but if that’s the situation I’m in now then it’s a good position to be in for later competitions to know that if I swim my best times I’ll be in with a shot of a medal.”

Ross Murdoch took almost a second off the time he posted in this morning’s heats to finish seventh in the final of the 200m breaststroke. It looked anyone’s race with 50m to go, and indeed Murdoch was lying in the silver medal position at this stage.

It was the on-form Amo Kamminga (NED) who came through in the end, taking the touch and the title in 2:02.36. Erik Persson (SWE) won silver in 2:02.80 with Marco Koch (GER) taking bronze in 2:02.87.

With limited race practice this season, Murdoch was satisfied with his performance and said,

“It was a second faster than the heat this morning, a lot faster than the ISL the other day and I couldn’t really have done much more to be quite honest. I said this morning that I just wanted to hit all the walls, I think I did a really good job of that. I was pretty sure that if I hit all my walls I could dip under 2:04. That’s only the second time I’ve ever done that and it puts me in a really good position this year knowing that I can identify problems in the heat swim and sort them out in a matter of hours. That gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. I’ve got the Scottish Short Course next week and I’m absolutely buzzing to try and move that on then.

“I definitely felt really good tonight in the warm up. I thought I might be capable of a bit more to be honest but you know I’m not really that disappointed. I went a second faster and it was just off my PB. It’s only my second race of the season and I can’t really get caught up in the podium places at the moment. My time will come.”

Murdoch was back in action at the end of the evening alongside Georgia Davies, Anna Hopkin and Scott McLay for the final of the 4x50m mixed medley final. The quartet finished seventh in a time of 1:39.14.

The schedule of events and full results service can be found HERE.

The LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019 are being held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow from 4-8 December.

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