Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Olympic silver for Scott in freestyle final

Duncan Scott became Scotland’s first Olympic medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games winning silver in a thrilling 200m freestyle final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

The highly anticipated final lived up to expectations with Tom Dean and Duncan Scott securing a GBR 1-2, the last time that happened was 113 years ago. Korean swimmer Sunwoo Hwang took the race out quickly from the start. The 18-year old World Junior Record holder for the event in fact lead up to the final turn, after which he ran out of steam. From there the race was on.

Tom Dean who was in the adjacent lane to Hwang, took the lead, and while Scott showed his superb back end speed, Dean held off the challenge to hit the wall and take the Olympic title in a new British Record time of 1:44.22. Scott was silver in a new pb (and Scottish Record) time of 1:44.26 and Fernando Scheffer (BRA) won bronze in 1:44.66.

Scott said of the race,

“Massive credit to Tom, Olympic Champion, that was unbelievable.  To have come along so far over the last 18 months, it has been a pleasure to see and it’s great to be able to say he’s a good mate out of the pool and it’s great to be able to compete against him as well.

“I am delighted with that. For me I’ve got to give massive credit to my coach Steve Tigg. I wouldn’t be standing here without him. The journey I have been on with him since I was eight years old has been phenomenal.”

Looking ahead to the 4x200m freestyle relay, Scott continued,

“To come 1-2 now shows we have depth in the event. The 200m free at Trials was stacked as well.

“It is a bit of a weird one with the finals in the morning, the 4x200 is actually this afternoon. We have a great opportunity in that, but you can’t write off any of the other competitive nations. We can’t get complacent.”

The race can be watched again HERE.

Kathleen Dawson finished sixth in the final of the 100m backstroke in a time of 58.70. Kaylee McKeown (AUS) won the title in a new Olympic Record time of 57.47, just 0.02 off her own world record. Kylie Masse (CAN) won silver and Regan Smith (USA), the bronze.

Dawson said of her performance,

“I am disappointed not to have gone faster than I went in the semi-final. I still have both relays ahead of me, so I’ll just get my head down and focus on them now. I’ll be leading off the mixed medley so will be doing everything I can to get a good lead for Adam, or as big a gap as I can between me and the next person.”

Speaking about the 200m freestyle final, which came immediately before the backstroke final, Dawson said,

“I watched the boys in the 200m free and I was tearing up in the call room. I’m getting emotional thinking about it now. I am so happy for both of them.”

The schedule and results for the swimming meet can be found HERE.

Finals begin at 2.30am GMT.

Heats begin at 11am GMT.

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