Duncan Scott Rattles Euro Mark For Dominant 1:50.9 British-Record Victory & Place In All-Time S/C 200IM Top 10

2023-12-08 Reading Time: 2 minutes
Duncan Scott - by Georgie Kerr

Duncan Scott rattled the European and Championship record with a sizzling 1:50.98 British record for gold in the 200m medley win at the continent’s short-course winter showcase championships.

Up from 12th best in history with his 1:51.53 national standard on International Swimming League tour for London Roar in 2021, Scott entered the all-time top 10 at No8 off with the most decisive triumph in the men’s programme on day 4 in Otopeni, Romania. His new high fell just 0.13sec shy of the European Record.

The Olympic silver medallist, coached by Steven Tigg in Stirling, took charge of the race on backstroke, put clear blue water between self and best off rest on breaststroke and then demolished the field on freestyle with closing splits of 14.15 and 12.95.

The silver went to Italy’s Alberto Razzetti in 1:53.09, the bronze to Danas Rapsys, of Lithuani, in 1:53.49, just 0.08sec ahead of Britain’s second man home, Joe Litchfield. That confined Greek challenger Andreas Vazaios, European record holder (1:50.85, 2019), to fifth place.

Reflecting on his triumph and the role of this meet as he builds towards a third Olympic Games, University of Stirling man Duncan said: “I think 2019 was the last I did of these, and then I was playing around with morning heats as finals getting ready for Tokyo, so this one title has alluded me, so it’s really nice to add that. Also, with the time as well, a personal best is really good.

“I’m in good shape and have prepared well for this meet, but it’s not the focus (due to Paris). Joe and I can train together and push one another, and tonight I’m delighted to nip under that 1:51 for sure.”

Championship Results In Full / Livestream and meet details

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