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The mighty Duncan Scott is progressing towards becoming the first British Olympian to triumph four medals in a single tournament

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Scott, who is 24 and graduated from the University of Stirling final month with a 2:1 degree in business and sports studies, said his already extensive experience of amassing 27 medals in various Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games competitions has been a pleasing constant behind him.

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Said David Bond, President of Sports Performance at the Foundation Scottish Scott was a daily example of “determination, determination, discipline, professionalism and an exemplary work ethic” and an inspiration to students at Stirling.

“I’m ready for the schedule and I’ve trained for it,” said Scott, explaining how he preferred to stay focused within the GB swimming “bubble” until Sunday morning rather than chatting with friends and family in the UK.

This lack of communication was despite him winning his first Olympic medal, a gold, and his first individual Olympic medal of any considerate.

“With a few other encounters, I learned to try not to make the highs too lofty and also minimize the amount of lows,” he said. “At the end of the week, then I can like myself and relax but also see how the week is going and analyze each swim.

“It was significant following the 200m freestyle (where he finished just 0.04sec behind winner Tom Dean) to quit him and move on. The 4x200m was coming up and we had a distinguished opportunity although I am still disappointed about losing the world record (by 0.03 seconds). I had to relax and get ready. It’s about staying completely impartial during the week. You drift in some of them, watching my teammates swim exceptionally makes it really firm, but it’s something I’ve been competent to do in the final three or four years and I’m getting better at it” .

Asked if he had spoken to people back home in Scotland, Scott said: “I haven’t spoken to anyone. A couple of my colleagues texted – and I texted them again. I’m not too bothered by what the outside says about how they’re racing. I stay very much inside the bubble. I can’t say I’ve texted anyone or looked at the messages, but I would like to say I’m really grateful for all the support I’ve had.”

James Welby was earlier unable to persevere Great Britain’s medal rush at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, where he faded to sixth in a sprint final of the 200m breaststroke won by Isaac Stupletti-Cook in a unused Olympic record.

The 27-year-old Welby finished third following the first 100m, qualifying for second place for the final, but the 200m specialist came alone in the final length. Welby had also finished fifth in the 100m breaststroke and said he may have paid a price to outfit his training to be competent to compete at both distances.

“I am shocked that I did not leave the Olympics individually with nothing to show – no medals – but there are still more medals to be won on the team,” he said. “This is how we persevere to shove this family that we started. I like the balance between 100m and 200m but it hasn’t paid off in these games.”

Welby’s mother works as an NHS nurse and administers Covid-19 vaccinations. “My mother has been making such a transformation for me for the former 27 years and that was probably the main disappointment,” he said. “I know I made her elated but I didn’t triumph the medal I wish I could have for her. I am so elated of her and for what she did for me and my brother.”

The second Olympic record was set Thursday morning in the men’s 100m freestyle, as American Caleb Dressel beat Kyle Chalmers in a dramatic finale to claim his second gold medal in these games in 47.02 seconds. He also won two gold medals in Rio de Janeiro but will confront a vast challenge from the British teams in the men’s and mixed 4x100m medley. GB Team Alice Thomas also raced, Thursday morning, to finish seventh in the women’s 200m butterfly final.


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