In His 15th Race Over 48 Hours, Duncan Scott Fires Off 200 Fly National Record


The final day of BUCS competition at Ponds Forge saw Scottish swimming hero Duncan Scott produce a new national record in the men’s 200m fly event.

Swimming in his 15th race in 48 hours, 22-year-old Scott fired off a lifetime best of 1:54.43 to take gold in the men’s 200m fly. His outing today sliced .16 off of his own previous Scottish standard of 1:54.59 that he put up at the 2016 Scottish Short Course National Championships.

After casually clocking a morning effort of 2:03.04 to claim the 5th seed in this 2fly event, the University of Stirling star split 54.89/59.54 to edge out runner-up Joe Litchfield of Loughboourugh who finished with the silver in 1:54.72.

With their swims tonight, Scott’s new Scottish record keeps him at #8 on the list of all-time British performers in the 200 fly, while Litchfield maintains his ranking in the 10th slot.

As for Scott, the man owns the 2nd fastest long course 100m free split in history with his gold medal-saving anchor for the British men’s medley relay in Gwangju. You can refresh yourself on that historic swim here.

That’s after Scott already became a two-time relay silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games, also making the 100m free final there in Rio. Since then, he also became Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete ever, reaping 6 medals on the Gold Coast.

Let’s drill-down Scott’s mega-schedule here in Sheffield over the past 3 days:

  • Day 1: GOLD in men’s 1500m free (15:06.82)
  • Day 2: GOLD in timed final of men’s 400m IM (4:06.00); GOLD in 200m free (1:42.78), SILVER in 100m fly (52.03), GOLD in men’s 200 free relay (20.81 anchor); GOLD in men’s 50m free (21.53)
  • Day 3: GOLD in timed final of men’s 400m free (3:43.84); GOLD in 200 fly (1:54.53), GOLD in 200 IM (1:54.35), Men’s medley relay yet to swim

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Coach Mike 1952

Thanks for the great report Retta. Also, is there a typo in Day 2? GOLD in men’s 50m free (24.53) That seems awfully slow. TYVM


Meant to be 21.53


He better be at the ISL next weekend because I imagine with a bit more competition he could probably break a few more records. Also, considering the number of golds he got here he could be a contender for MVP (should he compete)


He’ll be in London this weekend,for roar and assuming al’s well, he’ll be in Vegas before Xmas

Sir Swimsalot

15 races in 48 hours sounds absolutely brutal. Hats off to Scott he’s unreal


what a beast — from 1,500 to 50 meters racing …Impressive set of races


In total he raced 17 times he did another two events 200IM, 4x50Med after that 200Fly!


Swam 3900m overall if my maths is correct.

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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