Duncan Scott set Scottish pulses racing once again tonight, securing bronze in the first Swimming final of the evening, the 200m Butterfly. In an event he has never raced in before at international level, Scott looked at home amongst the Fly specialists, including reigning Commonwealth Champion, South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Olympians David Morgan of Australia and Mackenzie Darragh of Canada.
Scott was still back in 5th place with 50m to go, but powered home for bronze in 1:56.60, a new personal best. Le Clos dominated from the start and won the race in a new Games Record time of 1:54.00. Despite Scott’s late charge, David Morgan held on for silver in 1:56.36.
Afterwards Scott said, “It’s not an event I’m used to racing and there were lads in that final with some real Fly speed. I’m sure I could have been quicker, although it was a big PB so I’ve got to be pleased with that.
“I always seem to come back very strong in the Fly and I had to do that tonight. My third 50m was poor but that last 50 was a lot better than it’s ever been and that’s something really positive to take away.
“I didn’t really know where I was in the race but I actually enjoyed that, well as much as anyone enjoys a 200m Fly.”
Scott returned to the pool later in the evening for the semi-finals of the 100m Freestyle where he finished second in his race and fourth fastest for tomorrow’s final (48.72). Jack Thorpe, fresh from the part he played in winning Scotland’s first ever 4x100m Freestyle Relay medal, finished 12th overall with 49.75.
Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson were both involved in the final of the 100m Breaststroke. In a class field which included Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion, Adam Peaty, and Commonwealth Champion over 200m, James Wilby, both swimming for England, it was always going to be a tough ask to get in amongst the medals.
Indeed it was an English 1-2 with Games veteran Cameron van der Burgh winning bronze for South Africa. Both Scots pushed hard and came home in 5th and 6th place respectively with Murdoch posting 59.89 while Benson finished in 1:00.42.
After the race Murdoch was upbeat about his performance: “That was alright, a bit faster than last night for me. I’m happy to be moving on from round to round.
Craig Benson said of his race: “I’m a bit disappointed with that to be honest. I went out pretty hard to get myself into the race, but that didn’t leave me enough at the end. It was a stacked final and I’ll now turn my focus to the 50m tomorrow.”
In other finals tonight, Kathleen Dawson finished =6th in the 100m Backstroke while Toni Shaw lowered her personal best again, finishing 6th in the SM10 200m Individual Medley.
The quartet of Lucy Hope, Camilla Hattersley, Abbie Houston and Hannah Miley showed strength to finish 4th in the 4x200m Freestyle final.
Craig McNally made it through his semi-final of the 50m Backstroke to take the outside lane for tomorrow’s 50m Backstroke final, while swimmers due to race in Sunday’s heats include Kathleen Dawson in the 200m Backstroke, Craig Benson, Euan Inglis and Mark Campbell in the 50m Breaststroke, Lucy Hope in the 100m Freestyle, while Toni Shaw will contest the S9 100m Freestyle.
Hannah Miley returns for the 200m Individual Medley, while Sean Campsie and Corrie Scott are involved in the heats of the 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke respectively.
Camilla Hattersley competes in the 800m Freestyle. There’s also the 4x200m Freestyle, an event the Scottish men have won silver in for the past three Games.