Olympic champion and University of Stirling-based swimmer Duncan Scott has won his third medal of the Tokyo Games - taking silver after obliterating his own British record in the Men's 200m Individual Medley.
The 24-year-old touched home on 1:55.28 - just 0.28 seconds behind the Chinese winner Shun Wang. It was the second time in a matter of days that Scott missed out on gold by a fraction of a second, having finished four hundredths of a second behind the winner in the 200m Freestyle. Scott also earlier triumphed alongside his Team GB teammates in the Men's 4x200m Freestyle, taking his career Olympic medal haul to five (one gold, four silver).
Three medals is the most that any British athlete has won at a single Games - with Scott now joining an elite list that includes Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Max Whitlock, Henry Taylor and Reginald Doherty. However, Scott may have the opportunity to break the record with the 4x100m Medley Relay still to come.
Duncan Scott won his third medal of the Tokyo Games in the Men's 200m Individual Medley (Ian MacNicol for Scottish Swimming).
Speaking after his latest race, Scott said: "It was always going to be a tight race, an exciting race. The winner did a big personal best as well, it’s probably a lot quicker than people anticipated the final to be going in, so credit to everyone in the race.
"I had to try to commit a bit more to the 150m because I know I’ll come back strong. I’ve done that and I’m really happy with the swim, it just wasn’t quite there.
"I’m happy with that race – it’s my first international medal in that event. It’s a big personal best again, I think I’ve taken well over a second and a half off that this year, so I have to hold my head up high with that."
Duncan Scott, pictured after winning gold in the Men's 4x200m Freestyle (Ian MacNicol/Olympic Games, Tokyo/Getty Images)
Reflecting on the success of British swimmers at the Games, Scott added: "This isn’t just a one-meet thing for British Swimming, it’s been going on for a while. It probably started with Adam Peaty back in 2015 when he first won the World Championships and then all the way through, his mental drive and the way he dominates races, it rubs off on people.
"On top of that, there’s also some excellent coaches in British Swimming who always strive for more and manage to get the best out of their athletes day-to-day, it’s a collection of things.”
Fellow Stirling swimmer Kathleen Dawson helped Team GB break their own European record to qualify fastest for the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay final. Dawson put in an impressive performance on the opening backstroke leg, before handing over to her teammates Adam Peaty, James Guy, and Freya Anderson - qualifying fastest and recording an overall time of 3:38.75.
Dawson said: “It was great, I’m glad I managed to pull it out for the team event and do something I couldn’t for the individual. I’m really happy we managed to go through in first place as well.”
The final takes place in the early hours of Saturday (31 July).
Stirling swimmer Cassie Wild's maiden Games saw her individual involvement come to a close in the Women’s 200m Backstroke heats - finishing 21st.
“I’m disappointed with that, I was hoping to have moved it on, especially after having such a good swim at Europeans,” she said.
Meanwhile, Stirling judoka Gabriella Wood - the first woman to compete for Trinidad and Tobago in her sport - lost in the elimination round of 32 in the Women's +78kg category. The 23-year-old lost to Marina Slutskaya of Belarus, who won 10-0, by Ippon.
Gabriella's coach Lee Calder, of Judo Club Esprit in Alloa, said: "We would like to thank everyone back home in the UK and in Trinidad and Tobago for all their support - the messages of support have been immense.
"Unfortunately, the event never went to plan, but the experience that has been gained from competing at the Olympics - for both Gabriella and myself - only cements our desire to compete at this level again.
"Gabriella is still young and has a bright future ahead of her in judo. This journey will only help to build the experience she needs to come back stronger and better. Once again, thank you for all the support."