Scott takes it on chin af­ter Bu­dapest dis­ap­point­ment

200m freestyle: Young Scot philo­soph­i­cal af­ter miss­ing out on podium

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With six ma­jor in­ter­na­tional re­lay medals de­spite be­ing just 20 years of age, it is easy to for­get Dun­can Scott is still a rel­a­tive new­comer com­pared to his ri­vals in the pool.

In Bu­dapest yes­ter­day evening, he went into his maiden world cham­pi­onship 200 me­tres freestyle fi­nal, with Olympic gold medal­list Sun Yang on one side and team-mate and de­fend­ing cham­pion James Guy on the other.

The fact Scott had qual­i­fied as the fastest swim­mer for the medal race says a lot about the re­cent progress, and po­ten­tial, by the young swim­mer.

But ex­pe­ri­ence told as Sun paced his race to per­fec­tion to come through and his sec­ond gold of the

“Ini­tially I was dis­ap­pointed. Now it’s not a dis­ap­point­ment”

com­pe­ti­tion and ninth world ti­tle over­all, while Scott was fourth, miss­ing out on a medal by four hun­dredths of a sec­ond, with Guy one place lower in fifth.

“Ini­tially I was dis­ap­pointed. Now it’s not a dis­ap­point­ment, I’ve got to keep my head held high,” said Scott, who would have won bronze had he re­peated his semi-fi­nal swim.

“It’s a first in­di­vid­ual 200m free fi­nal and in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s what I came here to do in the 200m.

“Fin­ish­ing fourth and not do­ing my best time in the fi­nal is pretty dis­ap­point­ing, but I’m just go­ing to have to move on from that. It was 0.1 slower than the semi-fi­nal so I don’t feel like I bot­tled it.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of that swim, I don’t feel I did any­thing wrong, oth­ers just stepped up.”

Kirk­caldy’s Kath­leen Daw­son, marked her maiden world cham­pi­onships by fin­ish­ing eighth in the 100m back­stroke fi­nal in 59.90.

“I would have liked to have gone faster, but just to be in a world fi­nal, I can’t stop smil­ing,” said the Univer­sity of Stir­ling swim­mer.

If Scott and Guy failed to keep the medal run go­ing for Bri­tain af­ter Ben Proud and Adam Peaty’s dou­ble gold 24 hours pre­vi­ously, the lat­ter demon­strated the wait for an­other podium fin­ish will not be far away.

Peaty broke his own world record in the morn­ing heats of the 50m breast­stroke be­fore demon­strat­ing how he is one of the most dom­i­nant in­di­vid­u­als in world sport by then break­ing the 26-sec­ond bar­rier in the semi-fi­nals.

His time of 25.95 was more than 0.7sec quicker than any­one else with to­day’s fi­nal pre­sent­ing him with the chance of world ti­tle num­ber five.

He said: “I was on such a mas­sive high from the morn­ing and it was so hard to ig­nore the fact I did a world record and try to get my­self emo­tion­ally ready, but I’ve learned from the ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve had over the last two, three years.

“I thought I was go­ing to go slower be­cause I was a lit­tle bit less en­er­getic.

“I’ll see what I get to­mor- row but there’s def­i­nitely more to come.” l You can help the next gen­er­a­tion of young Bri­tish swim­mers by get­ting in­volved in Sport­sAid Week this Septem­ber with five­time Par­a­lympic cham­pion El­lie Sim­monds OBE. Find out more about how you can sup­port the week of fun and fundrais­ing by vis­it­ing www.sport­said.org.uk/ sport­said­week.

CHAS­ING MEDAL RE­WARDS: Scot­land’s Dun­can Scott pic­tured in the 200 me­tres freestyle fi­nal in Bu­dapest last night

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