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Duncan Scott stuns field from lane eight to take 200m freestyle gold

Scott stuns field from lane eight to take 200m freestyle gold

07/08/2018 at 17:13Updated 07/08/2018 at 20:06

Duncan Scott produced a magnificent swim to win 200m freestyle gold from lane eight at the European Championships in Glasgow.

Scott, 21, snuck into the final in lane eight but powered through the field to take a surprise gold ahead of Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys.

Rapsys, 23, set a world-leading time earlier this season of 1:45.12 but faded in the last 50m, with Scott finishing strongest to win in a time of 1:45.34.

Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:46.15) completed the podium just ahead of Great Britain’s James Guy (1:46.20).

"I didn't really know what was going on with the rest of the field. I'm just really, really happy with how it went," said Scott after the race.

" I had no idea where I was in the race I just kicked on with my race plan - I was just hacking away in the last 25m and hoping."

"I was pretty relaxed in the warm up, but the crowd has been amazing all week - when I took my headphones off it was amazing.

"But I just went in with no expectations."

The gold represents Scott's third medal of the 2018 European Championships, having already claimed silver in the 100m freestyle and gold in the 4×200m freestyle relay alongside Calum Jarvis, Thomas Dean and James Guy.