Duncan Scott Ties 1908 Athlete As Most Decorated British Olympic Swimmer


Day 6 finals was an exciting session for the nation of Great Britain, as both Duncan Scott and Luke Greenbank landed on the podium in their respective events of the 200m IM and 200m back.

For Scott, heading into the 200m IM final the 24-year-old University of Stirling star had already collected gold as a member of GBR’s men’s 4x200m freestyle relay and doubled up with a silver in the 200m free individual event.

In this 200m IM, Scott bided his time in the fly and backstroke legs before changing gears in the breaststroke and then sealing up silver on the freestyle leg. Ultimately he hit the wall in a time of 1:55.28, just .28 shy of Chinese swimmer Wang Shun’s gold medal-worthy 1:55.00.

Scott’s time represented a huge lifetime best, knocking .62 off of his previous British record logged at the British Olympic Swimming Trials this past April.

With his 3rd medal now in his pocket here in Tokyo combined with his two relay silvers from Rio, Scott ties 1908 Olympian Henry Taylor as the most decorated British Olympic swimmer of all time.

After his historic result, Scott stated, “It was always going to be a tight race, an exciting race. The winner did a big personal best as well, it’s probably a lot quicker than people anticipated the final to be going in, so credit to everyone in the race.

The Steven Tiggtrained athlete continued, “I had to try to commit a bit more to the 150m because I know I’ll come back strong. I’ve done that and I’m really happy with the swim, it just wasn’t quite there. It’s only three years to Paris, I might hit puberty before then!”

“I’m happy with that race – it’s my first international medal in that event. It’s a big personal best again, I think I’ve taken well over a second and a half off that this year, so I have to hold my head up high with that.

“This isn’t just a one-meet thing for British Swimming, it’s been going on for a while. It probably started with Adam Peaty back in 2015 when he first won the World Championships and then all the way through, his mental drive and the way he dominates races, it rubs off on people. On top of that, there’s also some excellent coaches in British Swimming who always strive for more and manage to get the best out of their athletes day-to-day, it’s a collection of things.”

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2 years ago

I commented earlier that Scott was the most talented swimmer in Tokyo not to win individual gold and was jumped on by some for ignoring Cseh and others. My comment was in the context of these Games. It must be hard to take when you lose your first race by .04(and it must be said Dean got the benefit of drafting) and your second by .24 to someone who pulls out a 1.55 flat out of nowhere.

2 years ago

Love Duncan even though I’m an Aussie.
Question – did he lift his head slightly before touching the wall at the end of the 200 free? I thought maybe he cost himself the gold.

Last edited 2 years ago by Joel
Sam B
2 years ago

he is the coolest, and obviously a relay genius. Go Duncan, the golds are waiting for you in Paris

2 years ago

Duncan Scott = Legend

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
2 years ago

He really seems like a genuinely good person in addition to being a clutch athlete for his team. What’s not to love?

2 years ago

Congratulations to Duncan, but swimming is probably the easiest sport to rack up medals in.

Let’s go
Reply to  kwabbit
2 years ago

I mean they’re only talking about swimmers here anyways so sorta a moot point

Reply to  kwabbit
2 years ago

It’s so easy it’s taken since 1908 for another GB swimmer to win 5 medals! Child’s play!

Reply to  kwabbit
2 years ago

Lol ok

2 years ago

Absolutely chuffed to bits for this bloke xx luv

Games Juy
2 years ago

A legend already, he’s got at least one more Olympics in him too.

Let’s go
Reply to  Games Juy
2 years ago

Definitely. Someone asked him about the next Olympics in three years and he responded “maybe I’ll hit puberty by then”. He’s awesome

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Games Juy
2 years ago

I’m dying laughing at ur name

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