Duncan Scott Stuns Field from Lane Eight for 200 Free Win at European Champs

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Great Britain’s Duncan Scott barely snuck into the 200 free final, but the home favorite unleashed a massive swim out of lane eight to take the title. After a slow start, Scott moved up to flip dead-even with Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys at the 150 before blasting a 26.87 closing split to hit the wall in 1:45.34. Scott’s time made him the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year.

The bigger shocker, perhaps, was Rapsys fading to second after setting the world’s fastest time earlier this year at 1:45.12 and then swimming a 1:45.33 in the semi-finals, both faster than Scott’s swim in the final. Rapsys ended up barely hanging on for a silver medal, swimming a time of 1:46.07.

Just behind Rapsys was Russia’s Mikhail Dovgalyuk, who claimed bronze in 1:46.15. 2015 World Champion James Guy of Great Britain just missed the medals, finishing fourth in 1:46.20.

Italy’s Felippo Megli took fifth in 1:46.60, and the rest of the final will include Russia’s Mikhal Vekovishchev (1:46.79), Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic (1:47.00) and Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann (1:47.26).

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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