Duncan Scott hungrier than ever as Paris 2024 edges closer

After only qualifying for two individual World Championship events, the Glaswegian may have some more time on his hands than usual.

The sporting titan revealed that the only individual event he will be competing in is the 200m individual medley after pulling out of the 100m freestyle.  

But, with Paris firmly in his sights, the 26-year-old is hungrier than ever and reckoned a quieter schedule might even be the way forward ahead of next year.  

“I’m excited to try out one individual, at the Olympics I’m swimming 10 plus times a week so it’ll be interesting to see just doing the one. 

“I might feel fresher, you never know, this could be the new way.  

“Maybe doing one individual this year isn’t a bad thing – it’s something we’ve always spoken about.  

“It’s important to feel fresh going into the 200 IM and hopefully the later rounds of the 200 IM.”

Scott is one of over 1,000 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing him to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering medical support – this is vital for his pathway to the Paris 2024 Games. 

Scott admitted that a change to his training load could have contributed to an uncharacteristic performance in Sheffield when he placed fourth in the 200m freestyle at the British Championships in April.  

He insisted the race was testament to the depth of British Swimming.  

“The focus was around volume and increased training load and it’s not that I do much anyway but it was just about increasing that around January to just before trials.”  

“Correlation isn’t causation, and we don’t know if it’s that which necessarily made me perform the way that I did.  

“I just wasn’t able to hit the intensity I wanted to hit and I hold my hands up and say maybe we got that one wrong  

“I’ve been swimming for plenty of years and it’s another good learning for the top level. Thedepth is class that we’ve got and we’re really lucky to have that.” 

With the Paris 2024 Olympics only one year away, the Games are set to inspire people and communities all across the country. Scott hopes that by sharing his story, it will give others motivation to get involved into sport. 

Scott explained he is feeling better than ever as Paris 2024 edges closer.  

“I feel great, maybe it’s the feeling of going into the trials knowing I wasn’t in great shape. 

“It’s been now, so that’s the worst thing that could’ve happened and I’ve got that feeling of no fear which is quite exciting.  

“We just need to wait and see how this year goes, I’ve not lost any ambition in the 200m freestyle at all. 

“If anything it’s made me hungrier, it’s made me want to get back.”  

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Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times