Thursday, December 16, 2021

Shanahan relishing racing opportunity

The Scottish trio of Katie Shanahan, Duncan Scott and Lucy Hope were all in action on the first day of racing at the FINA World Short Course Championships, which are taking place at Yas Bay’s Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Katie Shanahan impressed on her debut, in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley, where she finished eighth in the final (4:32.68). The 17-year old who won gold in the event at the European Junior Championships in Rome earlier in the year looked particularly strong over the opening 200m and said of her performance,

“How many 17-year-olds can say they’ve had this experience?! I can’t ask for much more. I was hoping to swim well here, I have and hopefully I can build through the week and into next year.”

Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) continued his busy year, contesting the Men’s 200m Individual Medley, the event in which he had just recently set a British record at the ISL final. While Scott was disappointed by seventh (1:54.08), he said of his performance and preparation coming into the event,  

“It’s been a really busy year, one I’ve loved and enjoyed with so much racing. I’m kind of struggling [following a chest infection] but short course, that’s nowhere near my best. That’s quite poor in a world final but now I’m a bit older I don’t get too down on the downs, so I have the 200m Freestyle tomorrow which I’m looking forward to.”

Earlier in the day Lucy Hope (University of Stirling) went in the heats of the Women’s 200m Freestyle but fell shy of the top eight cut-off required for the final.

On Friday, Duncan Scott will be back in action in the 200m freestyle and Lucy Hope in the 100m freestyle.

Full results from day one can be found here.

Link to the live streams here.