Duncan Scott has been tipped to add to his fast-expanding medal collection with more Olympic hardware in two years’ time – and that confident prediction comes from one of Britain’s greatest ever swimmers, Rebecca Adlington.
The double Olympic champion from Beijing 2008 and two-time bronze medallist at London 2012 picked Scott’s stunning victory in a high-class Commonwealth Games 100 metres freestyle as her highlight from the pool at Gold Coast earlier this year and now believes the 21-year-old from Alloa is primed to take the next step at Tokyo 2020.
Scott won a Scottish record from a single Games of six medals in Australia, which added to the two relay silvers he took home from his Olympic bow in Rio and Adlington has been delighted to see him continue his progress.
“He was my one to watch after Rio. We picked out who to keep your eye on and Duncan was mine,” said the former 400m and 800m freestyler.
“There were quite a few stand-out performances at the Commonwealth Games but for me it was Duncan by an absolute mile. Even his interviews afterwards, you wanted to give him a hug and say ‘you’re amazing’.