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Duncan Scott wins third Olympic medal in a week – and he’s on track for a fourth

Duncan Scott, 24, now has a gold and two silvers to make him the most successful Scottish Olympic swimmer since David Wilkie in 1976

Duncan Scott wins silver in the 200m medley

Duncan Scott added a silver medal to his Tokyo 2020 haul today with a superb 200m individual medley.

It means the 24-year-old Glaswegian now has a gold and two silvers to make him the most successful Scottish Olympic swimmer since David Wilkie in 1976.

He came in just behind China’s Shung Yang.

Duncan said: “I am definitely proud, the fact that the winner did a big personal best too, credit to everyone in the race. It was always going to be tight, and exciting.

“I had to try and commit a bit more to 150m, I know that I am going to come back strong. I’m really happy with the swim – it just wasn’t there. I’ve got to hold my head up high with that.”



Duncan Scott is now the most successful Scottish Olympic swimmer since David Wilkie in 1976
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On the swim team’s performance here, he said: “The investment probably started with Adam Peaty back in 2015 and the way he dominates racing probably rubs off on people, but I also have a great teams of coaches.”

He clocked a personal best time of one minute and 55.28 seconds, and finished an agonising 0.28secs off top spot. He was denied his first individual Olympic gold by China’s Shun Wang, with Jeremy Desplanches collecting bronze.

Scott’s third podium place took Great Britain to six swimming medals for these Games – moving them just one behind their all-time record at London 1908 – after Luke Greenbank had earlier added to the tally with a bronze.





The men’s eight also took bronze in rowing for Team GB. Greenbank qualified second fastest to reach the final and started well at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, sitting behind only Evgeny Rylov of the Russian Olympic Committee after the first length.

He was overtaken by Ryan Murphy of the United States by halfway but comfortably held on to finish third in a time of one minute and 54.72 seconds.

Rylov set an Olympic record time of 1min 53.27 secs to claim his second gold of these Games, having won the men’s 100m breaststroke, while Murphy finished in 1:54.15 to scoop silver.









Greenbank told the BBC: “It’s amazing. A dream come true. I’m so happy and over the moon.

“My first memory of swimming is watching the Beijing Olympics. It’s always been a life ambition of mine so to come away with a medal, an individual medal as well, is absolutely amazing.”

Duncan now has the medley relay and mixed relays to come, and could yet add to his golden medal haul.

Former Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington paid tribute to the flying Scot, saying: “The thing I like about him is that he leaves everything out there.

“He has surely made history.”





Duncan has just overcome dyslexia to graduate with an upper-second class degree in Business and Sport from the University of Sterling.

“One of the things I’m most proud of, in all honesty, is getting a 2:1,” he said in an interview before the race.

“I didn’t really enjoy school, being dyslexic, and having to balance it with swimming.”

At the Team GB training HQ inside the Hiyoshi Campus of Tokyo’s Keio University – where he is next door to his mate “Peaty” – Duncan describes Wilkie as a Scottish swim legend.

He says: “Chris Hoy was always an inspiration to me and Andy Murray – the way he conducts himself on and off the court.



Duncan Scott could yet add to his medal haul with two events left
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“He is phenomenal – when he was asked why he still competes, he said it was because he still enjoys it and that is why he puts in all that hard work and that is really refreshing to hear.

“Adam Peaty talks a lot about that legacy and inspiring people and it does rub off on you. I loved watching sport growing up, including Andy Murray and Chris Hoy. If I could inspire just one person, that would be enough for me.”

A former district tennis player himself, Glasgow-born Duncan drew inspiration from the British team members all around him.

“We are next to the rowing team in our training facilities here and it is unbelievable what they do,” he said.

“After I finished in the gym I watched a boxing session, and it is really special the way that we are all working for the same team and the same goal, I think that is really cool.

“In the village we will be playing a lot of cards, but we have to use the hand sanitiser after every one. The holding camp will be a bit more relaxed.”

He is getting getting ready for the relay races in the coming days. “No fans in the venues will not affect me,” he said.

“I am well used to that. The preparation has been great for us, I cannot speak for the rest of the world, but preparations have been great for us.

“This is no bigger programme of races than I have taken on before – I have a lot less events than at the Commonwealth Games and they are spread over more days.

“For me personally, it is not daunting at all.”



Rio 2016 – Duncan Scott got to take on one of his all-time heroes US legend Michael Phelps
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At Rio, Duncan got to take on one of his all-time heroes – US legend Michael Phelps – in the relay, and emerged with a silver to shake hands with the greatest swimmer – and greatest Olympian – of all time.

Phelps later mentioned him in a media conference as one to watch. “Phelps was a stand-out hero for someone of my age,” Duncan recalled. “In 2008 the fact that there was no 4×100 mixed medley and he was able to get eight medals is just insane.

“I didn’t know the photo was being taken and it was just one of those, like after any relay, everyone shakes hands and says, ‘well done’.

“He’s someone I’ve looked up to massively and when I saw that photo it was actually a really special moment to get to race against him in one of his last races. It was really cool.”











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