Scott takes it on chin after Budapest disappointment
200m freestyle: Young Scot philosophical after missing out on podium
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