Duncan Scott Struggling Following a Chest Infection


After Scottish Swimmer Duncan Scott finished seventh in the 200-meter IM at the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships, several spectators and SwimSwam commenters expressed surprise. Unbeknownst to most everyone, Scott was coming off a chest infection.

According to britishswimming.org, the Olympic champion said he was “struggling following a chest infection.” The timeline of when this chest infection occurred is unclear, though Scott is not letting that bring down his positive outlook.

“I’m just here to enjoy it… I’m kinda struggling, but, short course, that’s nowhere near my best. It’s quite poor in a world final, but I’m a little bit older now so I don’t get too down on the downs. I’ve got 200 free tomorrow morning that I’m looking forward to, so just gotta get ready for that.”

Scott recently set a British record in the 200-meter IM at the International Swimming League championship finals, finishing in 1:51.53. This Thursday, he finished seventh with a time of 1:54.08. He also holds the 200-meter freestyle British record, a time of 1:40.25 that is also a Commonwealth Record.

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Bob Dobbalina
6 months ago

So then, what’s MIcheal Andrew’s excuse for swimming so poorly???🤔

Reply to  Bob Dobbalina
6 months ago

Took too much off time after the Olympics and stress.

Daeleb Creseel
6 months ago

Better not be Covid

The unoriginal Tim
6 months ago

Still only Brit to final today. Hard to see him recovering enough to hit his best this meet but good on him for going after it still.

Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
6 months ago

actually he wasn’t the only brit to final, Litchfield made the final of the 400 free and Shanahan made the final of the 400 IM.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  lol
6 months ago

Sorry, missed that. He was highest placed though as they both finished 8th.