Sunday, December 8, 2019

Scott finishes European Championships campaign on a Scottish Record

The curtain closed on the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow with Duncan Scott continuing his gruelling schedule contesting another two finals.

First up was the 100m freestyle where he finished in fifth with a new Scottish Record time of 46.58, his sixth record of the week. Gold went to Vladimir Morozov (RUS) who is on schedule to come away from these Championships with seven gold medals. He secured this gold in a time of 45.53. Alessandro Miressi (ITA) continued the medal run for Italy with silver in 45.90 and Vladislav Grinev (RUS) picked up bronze in 46.35.

In what felt only a few moments later, Scott was back in action in the final of the 100m IM. In the end it was a Russia 1-2 with Kliment Kolesnikov beating countryman Sergei Fesikov to the top spot with a time of 51.15 to Fesikov’s  51.59. Scott finished eighth in 52.57.

After the racing was done, Scott said of his freestyle final,

“Small margins and it’s a PB.  I can’t be disappointed;  to maintain that level at the back end of a hard week and off the back of previous weeks. I’m happy to be able to go in there and race. There are world class athletes here who have had some really good preparation and are able to swim fast so to be competitive is good.

Speaking about his week of racing, Scott continued,

“It’s been a good week. I’ve learnt a lot and have got a lot out of it. It’s a Meet where I’ve really challenged myself in a lot of different events, with back to backs and racing hard in the morning. I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve surprised myself with some of the swims I’ve done in the morning.

“We’ll sit down now and look over it all. I’m fortunate enough to have an unbelievable team who support me, whether going away on a British Swimming camp, or here in competition, or back in Stirling where there’s S&C, physio, nutrition etc. we’ll fully analyse it all.

“This isn’t  just about this week but the past three weeks. It’s been different to previous years with back to back weekends of racing and a lot of different events as well , so there’s a lot to look over and look through.  But overall I’m delighted with how I’ve swum this week.”

Earlier in the day the quartet of Luke Greenbank, Ross Murdoch, Scott McLay and Duncan Scott raced in the heats of the 4x50m medley finishing in a time of 1:34.60.

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.