Duncan Scott Drops 100 Free, Has 200 IM As Sole Particular person Occasion In Fukuoka


The 2023 World Championships are on the horizon with athletes finalizing their schedules for the principle occasion set for Fukuoka, Japan subsequent month.

Talking with British megastar Duncan Scott this morning, the 26-year-old revealed he’ll be dropping the 100m freestyle from his lineup. Meaning Scott’s sole particular person race would be the males’s 200m IM, the occasion by which he took silver on the 2020 Olympic Video games.

At this 12 months’s British Trials, Scott positioned 2nd within the 100m free, clocking a time of 48.00 whereas nationwide report holder Lewis Burras topped the rostrum in a results of 47.99.

Scott’s 200m IM of 1:56.72 rendered him the silver medalist behind winner Tom Dean who took the nationwide title in 1:56.65.

Scott additionally raced the 200m free in Sheffield, posting a mark of 1:45.90, putting 4th to close him out of particular person qualification however sufficient to land him on the lads’s 4x200m free relay.

Holding a single particular person occasion entry is nearly exceptional when one talks of Scott, one of the vital versatile swimmers on the planet.

The College of Stirling ace as soon as dove in 15 instances in 48 hours whereas competing on the 2019 British Universities & Faculties (BUCS) Championships.

On the 2022 Commonwealth Video games, Scott’s schedule included the prelims and finals of the 100m free, 200m free, 200m IM and 400m IM along with the 4x100m free and 4x200m free relays.

With the exclusion of the 100m free, right here is Scott’s potential World Championships schedule:

Sunday, July twenty third

  • Males’s 4x100m free relay heats/ultimate

Wednesday, July twenty sixth

  • Males’s 200m IM heats/ultimate

Friday, July twenty eighth

  • Males’s 4x200m free relay heats/ultimate

Sunday, July thirtieth

  • Males’s 4x100m medley relay heats/ultimate

Of word, Scott hasn’t been a 200m free spectator at a serious worldwide occasion since earlier than 2016. He took bronze on the 2019 World Championships, silver on the 2020 Olympic Video games and gold final 12 months in Birmingham. He’s the eighth quickest performer of all time, proudly owning a lifetime better of 1:44.26 from Tokyo.

I requested the Steven Tigg-skilled athlete whether or not he noticed his surprising miss within the 200m free on the British Trials extra as a private disappointment or as a constructive sign of the depth of his nation’s expertise within the occasion.

“I positively noticed it as a disappointment however we’re very fortunate for the depth we now have within the 4×1 and 4×2,” he stated.

“I wasn’t going into British Trials in nice type. We tried some various things in coaching main as much as it – centered on quantity – and I didn’t recuperate as a lot as I believed I might.”

Wanting on the plus facet, nevertheless, Scott stated he has a sense of ‘no worry’ in heading to Fukuoka with a single particular person occasion. “It isn’t a nasty factor. Hopefully, I’ll have much more vitality.

“My whole coaching is centered on Paris. Something I do right here [in Fukuoka] is a bonus on high of what I do in Paris.”

Though Scott clearly acknowledged he hasn’t misplaced any ambition within the 200m free, his consideration is certainly honed in on the 2IM with the likes of Frenchman Leon Marchand, American potentials Chase Kalisz and Shaine Casas in addition to the reigning Olympic gold medalist Wang Shun lurking among the many Fukuoka discipline.

Scott has but to race Marchand within the 200m IM, as Marchand was not on the 2019 World Championships and Scott was not ultimately 12 months’s World Championships. The 21-year-old Arizona State College phenom took the 2IM gold in Budapest in a time of 1:55.22, a brand new French nationwide report, and notched a mark of 1:55.68 on the Westmont Professional Swim to rank #2 on the earth this season.

Wang has already jumped out to the highest of the world rating leaderboard, courtesy of the 1:55.55 monster effort he produced at Might’s Chinese language Nationals. He owns the Asian continental report with the 1:55.00 efficiency he ripped for gold in Tokyo.

Earlier than Fukuoka, nevertheless, Scott will likely be amongst a big British contingent set to compete at this weekend’s Sette Colli Trophy. Scott says he doesn’t care about any instances he produces there in Rome, as he’s viewing it as an in-season meet and is racing simply to problem himself.

Scott is entered within the 100m free, 100m fly and 200m IM for Sette Colli, which begins on Friday, June twenty third.


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