Great Scott! Duncan’s 47.90 GBR Record For Worlds Ticket Worth A Pioneer’s Handshake

Duncan Scott is congratulated by Michael Phelps after the 4x200m free in Rio when USA took Olympic gold, Great Britain silver - by Ian McNicol for Scottish Swimming

Not often down the past 50 years… hold on. Never in the past 50 years has a British sprinter topped the world 100m freestyle rankings after most of the world’s leading nations have fired at global trials and championships. Duncan Scott just did it in a multi-pioneering blast that lasted 47.90 seconds and granted the 19-year-old a ticket to the World Championships as the first Brit inside 48sec a year beyond two silver medals in relays at the Rio Olympic Games. Take a gander at Scott. You’ll notice he’s got very little meat on his bones. Michael Phelps noticed it last year when he emerged from the 4x200m freestyle relay, another gold in his hand, to make a point of taking Scott by the hand and shaking it in very sincere fashion. He’d seen skill, speed, something special. Good spot

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Not often down the past 50 years… hold on. Never in the past 50 years has a British sprinter topped the world 100m freestyle rankings after most of the world’s leading nations have fired at global trials and championships. Duncan Scott just did it in a multi-pioneering blast that lasted 47.90 seconds and granted the 19-year-old a ticket to the World Championships as the first Brit inside 48sec a year beyond two silver medals in relays at the Rio Olympic Games. Take a gander at Scott. You’ll notice he’s got very little meat on his bones. Michael Phelps noticed it last year when he emerged from the 4x200m freestyle relay, another gold in his hand, to make a point of taking Scott by the hand and shaking it in very sincere fashion. He’d seen skill, speed, something special. Good spot

Comments

David Brooks

Nice article Craig and Liz. I might argue, however, that Bobby McGregor was not really the last Brit to challenge the world’s best over two laps. Surely Simon Burnett had that status for a short period around 2005-2006 when he beat two of the 2005 World champs medalists to win Commonwealth gold. You have the rankings, I am sure, but was he not close to the top of the list for the year in 2006 with his 48.57? Anyway, no matter, Scott is a contender and hopefully will progress further than Burnett was ever able to.

commonwombat

Certainly now places Scott very firmly amongst the contenders for this year’s title, if he was not one already.

He is, however, currently playing very much a lone hand as regards GBR with this event. One is struggling to see them fielding a 4×100 for either gender this year.

As for the M4XMED, its hard to see them missing the podium but the decline of CWH is meaning Peaty is essentially erasing a deficit rather than setting up a defensible buffer. Thus barring an act of self destruction on the part of USA, they’re playing for 2nd money

Craig Lord

David, Simon swam in August – and was 4th in the world when he clocked that time in 2005. In 2006, he clocked it at early Commonwealths and no nation had had trials and swum at peak at that point, which is the point made in the article: it is relative to the remote world when most have swum at peak. 2006 was not a world or olympic year and was softer than those around it… Simon was No 1 that year, of course, but the moment and timing is not comparable, that context stated in the intro (I happily add a reference to 2006 where Simon is/was already mentioned). Amazing promise those 2005-06 seasons – but Frank Busch and his British charge did not convert it to medals on major moments. Scott and entourage will doubtless be keen to make sure what happens next is not comparable, either, as you note. In that sense, Scott’s comments in the article about ranks etc are spot on when it comes to where such moments fit.

Craig Lord

CW, I wouldn’t assume CWH is done yet 🙂

commonwombat

Indeed, he may not be ….. but his performance of the past year or so and his times at this meet haven’t exactly been positive indicators. If he DOES manage to get things back together then GBR will most join CHN in making USA’s life much more insecure in the M4XMED than has been traditionally been the case.

Craig Lord

Sure. It was similar last year and he did not get back to 52.88 best but he did go 53.5 and 53.6 solo and relay… and I’m sure he’s good for at least that come the hour. A 52.8 would, of course, be more useful 🙂

David Brooks

Hey Craig, I wasn’t meaning to criticise the article, just wanted to give Simon his due for what was a frustratingly short flirtation with wold class!
As regards the relay, I agree with CW that CWH’s times are a concern for the relay, especially if Ryan Murphy does what he did in Rio. Hopefully by Tokyo someone else will come through. Greenbank is due a drop.
As for the 4×1 free, it’s a great pity that Proud seems to have set the two-lapper aside. With him in the low 48s, Barrett in the high 48s and of course Scott, they’d be getting close to competitive. I assume the fourth would be Guy, who I am guessing could go low to mi 48s in a relay.

Craig Lord

🙂 didn’t take it as criticism, David; just clarifying what was on my mind as I wrote the words as I did. I agree he needs to get back to best, close to, for a relay with him to remain competitive in the seasons ahead. I think Proud, like Guy, could be there for the 4×100, regardless of their absence at trials – but that depends on where the axe falls and whether potential figures in the final decision.

David Brooks

I guess if Barrett makes the team for the 100 fly, then they will have the option for a freestyle relay. I think Guy will win tonight and go mids 51s, but Barrentt might be sub 52, in which case they should take him.
I just wonder if Proud has tailored his training to have less focus on the 100. He was outside of 50 secs this week.
I suppose it’s possible – though a long shot – that GB could have the winners at the Worlds of the 50, 100 and 200 (Proud, Scott, Guy) and still not feature in 4×1. That would be a first I am guessing!

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