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Stirling’s star swimmer Duncan Scott closes in on Olympic history

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Duncan Scott already has two medals to his name in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics – but by the end of the week, he’ll have another two chances to add to his tally. Potentially becoming the first-ever Team GB athlete to win four at a single Games.

The 24-year-old recorded the fifth-fastest 200m leg in history to help his team win gold in Wednesday’s 4x200m freestyle relay, whilst taking the individual prize for silver in the 200m final where he finished behind flat-mate Tom Dean by just 0.04 seconds.

This morning’s qualification for the 200m medley final now gives an opportunity to take his medal count to three – on par with five former Olympians including Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

No athlete representing Team GB however has ever reached four – meaning Scott has the chance to make history if he makes the 4x100m medley on Sunday.

It’s still very much one race at a time for the University of Stirling graduate though, who cruised through his 200 medley semi-final in a time of 1:56.69.

Scott said on his performance:

“I prioritised the medley over the 100m freestyle at the World Championships in 2019, which meant this meet has become really important and I’m thankful I made that decision.

“I’m still learning the event a lot and I find it difficult with focusing on the freestyle earlier in the week, but each round I learn quite a lot.

“It should be a really exciting race tomorrow morning and I’m really looking forward to it!”

Speaking after his first medal, Head of Performance Sport at the University of Stirling David Bond was filled with pride over Scott’s achievements, he said:

“We are absolutely thrilled with Duncan after he won silver at the Tokyo Olympics in a dramatic race, missing out on gold by just a fraction of a second.

“Duncan is a real inspiration to young swimmers not only here in Scotland and across the UK- but around the world. Yet again on the world’s biggest stage, Duncan has produced an outstanding performance – showing grit, determination, discipline, professionalism, and an exemplary work ethic.

“Duncan is well-deserving of his medal and we are sending him and his teammate Tom Dean our warmest congratulations. We wish Duncan – and all of our Stirling athletes – all the best for the rest of the competition.”

Duncan Scott is back in action tomorrow morning in the 200m medley final, scheduled for 3:16a.m.

Featured image credit – Sky Sports

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