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Second Olympic silver for Stirling student Duncan Scott

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More silver success for Stirling swimmer Duncan Scott. Credit: Scottish Swimming/Ian MacNicol

University of Stirling student Duncan Scott rounded up his remarkable Olympic campaign with a second silver medal in Rio.

The 19-year-old freestyle swimmer helped bring the 4x100m medley team home in 3:29.24, breaking another British Record.

The sports studies student and swimming scholar was joined on the podium by team-mates Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty and James Guy. The squad finished second fastest after the USA.

The Rio Olympic Games have proved to be the most successful for Team GB swimmers in over 108 years, with one gold and four other silvers added to the medal haul earlier in the week.

Speaking after the race, Duncan was already focused on future success. He said: “We will work together for Tokyo. We’re a young team and we will only get stronger.”

Duncan already sealed an Olympic silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay earlier in the week, alongside fellow Stirling athlete Robbie Renwick.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling – Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, said: “Duncan has excelled during these Olympic Games. The success he has achieved has been tremendous. The University community has watched on with excitement, cheering the swimmers every step of the way, and we’re delighted to see Duncan pick up two silver medals.

“Each of our athletes have taken the pressure of Olympic competition in their stride and should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished. A big well done also goes to the high performance coaching staff on campus who have given the swimmers invaluable support and readied them for this life-changing experience.”

Honorary graduate Andy Murray also took a gold medal in the men’s singles final in the tennis, while graduate and former golf scholar Catriona Matthew’s Olympic bid gets underway on the golf course on Wednesday, 17 August.

Former tennis scholar Gordon Reid will also compete in the Paralympics, as will psychology and sports studies graduate, Scott McCowan, who represents Team GB in boccia.

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