ZUMO Performance of the Week: Duncan Scott Swims Routine 48.5 100 Free at BUCS Nationals

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Duncan Scott at the 2019 World Championships. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

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This week’s ZUMO Performance of the Week goes to Duncan Scott of Great Britain for his 48.53 in the LCM 100 freestyle at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Nationals in Sheffield on Saturday.

The Olympic and world medallist was leading off the University of Stirling’s 4x100m free relay squad at Ponds Forge, going out in 23.47 and back in 25.06.

He handed over to 2019 world finalist Scott McLay who split 51.03 and on to Lorenz Weiremans (51.15) with Calum Bain anchoring the quartet in 49.87 as they finished in 3:20.58.

Duncan Scott made headlines this summer when he swam the fastest 100 freestyle relay split in textile with a 46.14 on the end of Great Britain’s 4x100m medley relay that shocked the Americans and the Russians to win the gold medal on the last day in Gwangju. It was the second fastest relay split behind USA’s Jason Lezak’s 46.06 from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in perhaps the most famous relay race in swimming history.

Scott elected not to swim the 100 freestyle at the World Championships last summer, in favor of the 200 IM. He may have to decide between those two events again this summer at the Olympic Games with the 100 free final falling on the same night as the 200 IM semi final on night five. Scott’s 48.53 100 free puts him second in the early days of the 2020 world rankings.

The Scot returned on Sunday to win the 200 fly in 1:58.71 as well as clocking a 100 fly split of 51.98 as the Stirling 4x100m medley relay of Martyn Walton, Craig Benson, Scott and McLay won the final race of the competition in 3:40.14.

Scott was also second in the 400 free in 3:55.08 behind winner Jay Lelliott, the 2014 European bronze medallist, who clocked 3:51.92.

Congratulations to Duncan Scott on earning the ZUMO Performance of the Week!

2020 World Rankings (Men’s 100 Freestyle)

  1. 48.32, Vladimir Morozov, RUS
  2. 48.53, Duncan Scott, GBR
  3. 48.59, Velimir Stjepanovic, SRB
  4. 48.67, Florent Manaudou, FRA
  5. 48.78, Andrei Minakov, RUS
  6. 48.90, Brett Fraser, CAY
  7. 48.94, Sergii Shevtsov, UKR
  8. 48.98, Thomas Ceccon, ITA
  9. 48.98, Zach Apple, USA
  10. 48.99, Pieter Timmers, BEL

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