The swimming competition drew to a close tonight at the Optus Aquatics Centre, with Team Scotland bagging one more medal courtesy of swimming sensation Duncan Scott, to bring the team’s total in the pool to nine.
Scott, who before diving in this evening, had already achieved the accolade of being the most decorated Scottish athlete at a single Games, continued his incredible vein of form collecting silver in the 200m Individual Medley, another event he has never competed in at international level.
In a race where the lead changed hands after every leg, Scott had his work cut out turning for home back in sixth position. Knowing his speed was at the back end of the race, Scott moved up a gear and powered down the final 25m, pushing Mitch Larkin (AUS) all the way to the wall. Larkin touched home in 1:57.67 to collect his fourth gold of the meet, a new Games Record.
Scott won silver in 1:57.86, a new PB, while Clyde Lewis (AUS) picked up bronze in 1:58.18. Catching his breath after the race, Scott said: “That was tough; it took me a while to get out the pool there. It was a good race and great to see Mitch (Larkin, AUS) win his fourth gold. There were loads of guys in that race who could have won it, or touched me out or been in in the top three. It was a real battle, a real dog fight. I enjoyed it but it was tough.”
Speaking about his incredible success in the pool, Scott continued: “I sat down with my coach beforehand like we always do at every meet and talked about the possibilities, the good things that could happen and the bad things. This is definitely on the good things spectrum. I’m delighted with how things have gone so far but there’s still a relay to do and I think there’s a chance there.”
That chance came in the last race of the night, where Scott was the anchorman in the 4x100m Medley Relay and lined up with team-mates Craig McNally, Ross Murdoch and Mark Szaranek.
At the breaststroke leg Murdoch had taken the team into the bronze medal position, but the South Africans were too strong and the Scots ended in fourth. After the race Murdoch said: “I’m really proud of what we did tonight. There was an outside chance of a medal and we put ourselves on the line trying to secure it, but it wasn’t to be. We wore our kilts as if to go into battle and I’m incredibly proud to do that and be part of this team.”
The girls were also in action in their medley relay final and Kathleen Dawson, Corrie Scott, Keanna MacInnes and Lucy Hope all swam their hearts out to break the Scottish Record in 4:05.17 for fifth.
In other finals Camilla Hattersley concluded her Games with a seventh place finish in the 400m freestyle, while Cassie Wild, Kathleen Dawson and Lucy Hope finished fifth, sixth and eighth respectively in the 50m backstroke.
Focus now turns to the Diving competition which starts tomorrow Wednesday 11 April and runs until Saturday 14 April. Preliminary rounds start at 10:00 (01:00 UK time), while finals begin at 19:00 (10:00 UK time).