Duncan Scott Goes In-depth on Britain’s Olympic Relay Medal Chances

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We sat down with Duncan Scott, the Brit who’s coming off a huge performance at the 2021 British Olympic Trials where he set 3 national records in the 100 free, 200 free, and 200 IM. Scott analyzes each of his races in detail, telling the audience how he executed each to a tee. Scott then zooms out to break down each of Britain’s Olympic relays, weighing eaches odds to medal in Tokyo.

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MIKE IN DALLAS
2 months ago

DUNCAN SCOTT is such an appealing personality to be interviewing. His combination of frankness and understated expectations sounds like the real thing. While he was obviously hedging a bit on the relays I think that the UK’s best chances are in the 4 X 100 medley [medal possibility is sure]; followed by the 4 X 200 free [a dog fight for medals]; and closing with the 4 X 100 free [don’t think it’s going to happen as a podium finish].

maybe?
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
2 months ago

GB are favourites for Gold in the 4×200 at Tokyo, I’d be shocked if they don’t medal in the 4x100m medley relay, and in the 4×100 free, gold and silver will go to russia and USA but out of Australia, Italy, Brazil and GB, right now they are favourites to get bronze, they also have a great medal chance in the mixed medley, So GB have a real shot of getting 4 relay medals in Tokyo.

nuotofan
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
2 months ago

Reminding the “epic” 200 free final at British trials: two 1.44 mid (the second of one courtesy of 20 year-old Tom Dean in meteoric rise northeless two Covid-stops!!), an 1.45.7 from a 18 year-old youngster (in physiological rise, Matt Richards) and a 1.46.0 from one of the most valuable 200 free relay swimmer of the last 4-5 year (James Guy), plus a 1.46 low from Calum Jarvis super-reliable swimmer…, I think that if the 4×200 free will be a dog fight for medals something incredible should happen to have Great Britain off the podium. Much more likely that Great Britain will win gold with the new WR.

AnEn
Reply to  nuotofan
2 months ago

Silly to say that GB setting a world record is more likely than them not winning a medal. Russia is not much slower than them and the australian and american trials are still to come. I would have agreed if you would have just said that them winning gold is more likely than them not winning any medal.

John
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

Isn’t Russia out of the Olympics?

Joel
Reply to  John
2 months ago

They can have athletes a s relay teams, just not their flag or anthem I think.

Littlefin
Reply to  Joel
2 months ago

How is that even a ban?

Dudeman
Reply to  Littlefin
2 months ago

you see, it’s because

Daaaave
2 months ago

Struggling to do 1500m in the first few post-lockdown swims I FEEL SEEN!

Ghost
2 months ago

He looks so young (17) but swims like a man. Good interview but you have to train like a collegiate American swimmer to be successful. Glad he kind of poo poo the concept of “xmas training”. They do what they do and do it well!

Togger
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

Too true, if only Phelps had done NCAA he might not have wasted all that talent.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

Ledecky and Franklin will have something to say.

swimgeek
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

Given the full context of the comment, I think Ghost left the word “don’t” out of his second sentence by accident. I think he meant to say you DON’T have to train like a collegiate American swimmer — see the “poo poo” statement that follows.

Ghost
Reply to  swimgeek
2 months ago

Correct

AnEn
2 months ago

Just did a little “thought experiment” for fun:
At the 2019 world championships their time in the 800 free relay was 3.97 seconds faster than their combined times at the british swimming championships that year. This year the top 4 guys combined for 7:00.86 at the british swimming championships, if they have the same “progression” as in 2019, their relay time would be 6:56.89. The current world record (from 2009 -> suited) is 6:58.55.

Dee
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

Interestingly, they were 3.95s faster than the combined top 4 at trials in 2017, 2.38s faster at 2015 Worlds, and 3.75s faster at 2016 Olympics. Pretty consistent in stepping up.

maybe?
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

I can see them going at max 3 seconds quicker from trials to Tokyo, I think at Tokyo Dean could go 1:44.3 as leadoff leg, Guy could go 1:45.0 as second leg, Richards 1:45.3 on 3rd leg and Scott a 1:43.9 as anchor in Tokyo, that would add up to a 6:58.5 (pretty much the exact same time as the world record), And I was holding a bit back for Richards so they could go even quicker than that. I think they have a really good shot of getting that WR in Tokyo.

Last edited 2 months ago by maybe?
Dee
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

I think they’ll go 6.59.5ish for gold.

Robbos
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

Watch out for the Aussies.

Dee
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

Unless the US have the breakout of all breakouts, GB/AUS/RUS will be the podium, no doubt. My worry for Oz is Clyde Lewis looking shaky – They’ll need to step up on 2019 to win.

Robbos
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

They will indeed need to step up, but as you know Olympic year lots of swimmers step up.
I’d like to see Chalmers do a Scott & take it out & try to hold on, the way he finishes the 100, he should have a very strong 200, I’m hoping. Both Winnington (especially) & Graham, they are on the up, would not be surprised if one or both go 1.44 this year.
Young Neill is on the way up & lastly we have the best finisher in Horton.
There is also another young un in Sam Short coming thru.
If Clyde Lewis gets back to 2019 time, we could have 5 swimmers in the high 1.44s… Read more »

John
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

deffo agree, can’t see James guy going slower than 1.45 in a relay this year

Sapnu puas
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

All I want is for them to put Scott on anchor I swear

SwimSider
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

Conservative split for Scott. He is notorious in relays and may split a good bit quicker if need be.

Sam B
2 months ago

Duncan + Duncan’s face + Duncan’s accent = adorable

mds
Reply to  Sam B
2 months ago

Agreed, Sam.

Marklewis
2 months ago

Townley Haas sealed the victory in Rio when he created a gap with his 1:44 split on the second leg. Then it was up to Lochte and Phelps to hold the lead.

So you need two strong legs to open the race and then a great anchor leg.

That’s what I’ll be looking for among the contenders.

Chris
2 months ago

As a swimming fan, that was a superb interview/podcast. Well done to all concerned

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