Monday, July 26, 2021

Scott and Dawson power through to Olympic finals

Duncan Scott and Kathleen Dawson have both progressed to the Olympic finals of their respective events on day 3 of the swimming competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Duncan Scott swam a well-controlled semi-final and qualified fastest for tomorrow’s 200m freestyle final. The European silver medallist for the event controlled the race from the start and touched home in a time of 1:44.60, just 0.13 off his British Record. He will be joined in the final by GBR team-mate, Tom Dean.

Duncan said of his race,

“It was a definite advantage being in the second semi-final We got to see what was going on. I think quite a few went slower in that first semi-final. I knew we had a good opportunity in that second semi-final. We dealt with it, took it and we’ve got a great chance tomorrow morning.”

In a stacked couple of semi-finals, Kathleen Dawson executed her race plan well and qualified for the final of the 100m backstroke. The European Champion and record holder for the event finished in a time of 58.56 and is fifth fastest for tomorrow’s final. She said of her preparations for the Olympics,

“I feel I’ve had a great load of confidence to build on coming into this meet, especially winning the Europeans twice in the same night. Yes, I was confident coming here. It has been a rollercoaster of a year, but I’ve come back stronger than ever.”

Speaking about how competitive the event has become, Dawson said,

“It’s amazing to just be part of this point in history. I’m not too focussed on getting a medal, as there’s such big competitors here, but I obviously want to be in the mix. It could be anyone’s race; it’s just about getting your hand on the wall.”

Dawson’s team-mate Cassie Wild finished in a time of 1:00.20, 14th overall for the event. Wild will be back in action later in the week in the 200m backstroke, the event for which she won silver at the European Championships earlier this year.

Today’s final session saw TeamGB win their first gold medal of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, as Adam Peaty continued to make history, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke and becoming Britain’s first swimmer ever to retain their Olympic swimming title.

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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