Scott and Macaulay bag bronze
Swimming

Scott and Macaulay bag bronze

23 July 2019 / 14:14

Duncan Scott claimed bronze in the men's 200m freestyle at the World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju, after finishing joint third with Russia’s Martin Malyutin.

The 22-year-old touched the wall in joint fourth with a time of 1:45.63 but a disqualification from Lithuanian Danas Rapsys, who finished first, for moving at the start meant the Brit was elevated onto the podium.

This was Scott’s first individual medal at World Championship level, although he admitted he would have preferred to finish in the top three, rather than benefiting from a disqualification.

Scott added: "I'm pretty disappointed with the time but when you get to this level time goes out the window and it's about getting in the top three.

"I think [Rapsys' disqualification] it was his start, there aren't many other ways in freestyle.

"It's hard as I'm gaining off someone else's misfortune and I would have liked to have won it outright, but I'll take it."

It was the second bronze medal of the day for Great Britain after Jessica Macaulay secured her place on the podium in the women’s high diving.

The 26-year-old, who was making her debut at the championships, finished third in the 20m platform on 295.30 points.

World champion Adam Peaty, who became the first man to swim sub-57 seconds in the 100m breaststroke earlier this week, cruised through as the top qualifier to the final of the 50m breaststroke.

Elsewhere Molly Renshaw finished seventh in the final of the women’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:06.96.

Meanwhile Freya Anderson recorded her second personal best of the day in semi-finals of the women’s 200m freestyle of 1:57.51 but it wasn’t enough to qualify to the final.

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