Friday, July 30, 2021

Olympic silver for Scott in thrilling medley final

Duncan Scott won his third medal from a single Olympic Games, with a superb silver in the final of the 200m individual medley, becoming the first British swimmer to achieve this since Henry Taylor in 1908.

While Scott knew he had the backend speed for the final 50m, he also knew he had to be on the shoulders of the leaders at the final turn to be in with a medal chance. Michael Andrew (USA) kept to form, taking the race out fast. A breaststroke specialist, Andrew turned at the 150m mark, a full second up on nearest rival, Shun Wang of China. At this stage Scott was in 5th place.

From here the race was on. Andrew faded and Scott showed his class in freestyle to power through the field. Wang held on for the touch, winning in 1:55.00 with Scott winning a superb silver medal, lowering his British Record to 1:55.28. Jeremy Desplanches (SUI) won bronze in 1:56.17.

When asked if he was feeling proud of his race and his time, Scott said,

“Yes, and the fact that the winner did a big PB as well; going in I think it was a lot quicker than what people anticipated the final to be, so I guess credit to everyone in the race. It was always going to be tight; it was always going to be exciting.

“I had to try and commit a bit more to the 150, as I know I’m going to come back strong. I did that and I’m actually really happy with the swim, it just wasn’t quite there.

“Three years to the next Olympics, I might even hit puberty before then, I’m still waiting! It’s my first proper international medal in that event so I am really happy. It’s a big PB again. I think I’ve taken well over a second and a half off my time this year so I’ve got to hold my head up high, it was a good swim.”

Speaking about the success in the pool for British swimmers, Scott, who is coached by Steve Tigg at the University of Stirling, said,

“This success is not a one meet thing, it’s being going on quite a while. It probably started with (Adam) Peaty way back in 2015 when he first won Worlds all the way through. His mental drive and the way he dominates races, I think it rubs off on people. But on top of that, there’s some excellent coaches in British Swimming who all strive for more and get the best out their athletes every day, which is what you want. The success is a collection of things.”

Highlights of Scott's race can be found HERE.

Scott will finish his programme with the 4x100m medley relay.

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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