Saturday, December 7, 2019

McLay and Scott help secure relay silver

The schedule for Duncan Scott again rolled on with no less than five races on the penultimate day of action from the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships; his final performance, alongside those of McLay, Hopkin and Anderson, helping GBR to a silver medal for the mixed 4x50m freestyle. helping GBR to a silver medal for the mixed 4x50m freestyle.

Semi-finals of the 100m freestyle and 100m IM took place with little gap and Scott progressed to finals in both events, breaking the Scottish Record again in the medley with a time of 52.15. For the final event of the night, he teamed up with Scott McLay, Anna Hopkin and double gold medallist (100m, 200m free), Freya Anderson for the mixed 4x50m freestyle final and the GBR brought home the silver medal to the delight of the crowd.

The title went to the team from Russia who won gold in a new European record time of 1:28.31. GBR won silver in 1:28.64, just touching home ahead of the French team in 1:28.86. Afterwards they spoke of their delight; Anderson, who earlier in the evening won her second individual gold medal of the meet (200m free) said,

“It’s amazing. I don’t think we came into the final expecting a medal so to come away with the silver is really good.”

Hopkin also commented,

“I think it’s great we’ve managed to get a medal in a relay. We’ve come close each day so it’s good to finally get on the podium.”

Scott McLay, who earlier in the day swam in the heats of the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, said of the team effort,

“I’m really happy with tonight; we all came together and produced our best and we are lucky enough to come away with some silverware.”

Scott also commented on the team and said,

“To get a medal we all had to produce something quite good and I think we all managed to do that in our own individual legs. It was a pleasure to be part of that team.”

Speaking about his performances in the 100m IM and 100m freestyle semi-finals, Scott said,

“I think at the start of the week I would have been disappointed with the times, especially in the 100 free having dropped quite a lot in the 50 and the 200 as well. You look at the 100, and it’s the middle point of an event I’ve been good at, but I think I’m potentially feeling it a bit now, after several days racing and the last couple of weekends I’ve had as well. I’m just happy that I’ve made both of them back and I’ve another great opportunity to get back in and race against world class competitors.”

Speaking about the significance of the meet, Scott continued,

“This meet is here for so many different reasons. You can either use it as an event for next year or use it for the here and now and try and challenge yourself against some of the best in the world. I think the British athletes are doing so many different things and regardless, there’s been success in so many different events from Freya (Anderson) to Max (Litchfield) to Luke (Greenbank) and Tom (Dean). It’s great being part of this team.”

Speaking about what he can take away from any of his events into next year, Scott said,

The 100IM is great for the turns and I think for that you can take that and put it across to the 200IM but the 200 free at world short course is completely different to the 200 free at world long course. It’s a completely different event and that’s the same across most events and some athletes are better at short course while others better at long course.

“The pinnacle of our sport is long course and I guess that’s the way our training is tailored.”

Ross Murdoch made no excuses as he finished back in eighth in his 100m breaststroke final. With little between the pack at the 50m mark, Murdoch missed his third turn, and that looked to have cost him.

Arno Kamminga (NED) continued his excellent form, picking up his second gold medal for breaststroke (200m gold on Thursday) in a time of 56.06. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) won silver in 56.42, while Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) took the bronze in 56.55.

Afterwards Murdoch said,

“I thought I was doing alright, a fraction slower than last night so when you think about it 0.2 of a second, it’s pretty negligible. It felt faster.  I think I was out a bit faster than last night. I just put myself out there to attack the race, that’s what I said I wanted to do this week.

“I’m a bit disappointed with eighth though, thought I’d do a bit better than that. It was a shocking third turn, slow into the wall, slow out of the wall and that probably cost me a couple of places. It wasn’t a medal winning performance tonight but that’s the unforgiving world of short course swimming, and if you make any mistake you are going to get shown up for it, there’s no hiding place.”

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.