Duncan Scott targets Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games medalist at Birmingham 2022

The 25-year-old from Alloa admitted he was waiting for the Paris 2024 Olympics, ready to pounce when it mattered most.

Scott won a gold and three silvers at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, establishing himself as the most decorated athlete on the British team at a single Games and will be back in the pool for his third Games of the Commonwealth in Birmingham this summer.

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Known for his versatility, the nine-time Commonwealth medalist will use 2022 as a backdrop for Paris as he continues his hunt for individual Olympic gold.

He said: “I think for me it’s quite exciting, I’ll be very happy to sit here and be patient over the next two years, I don’t need to rush and prove anything right away.

“I will be happy to sit in the shadows and do what I have to do before Paris.

“I’m looking to improve on what I did in Tokyo, but I think there are definitely elements of skill that I can improve on, it’s the thinner margins at international level that make such a big difference.

“Whether it’s my underwater work, I think I’ve just started using that and on top of that the fly leg as well, getting a bit faster, especially on that 200 IM. I’ve learned a lot from this year.”

Duncan Scott trains at the Sandwell Aquatics Center ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funds raised by National Lottery players, will be competing over 250 athletes, and after securing his place on the team, Scott is on the hunt for medals.

Scott seems to be making history every time he steps into the block, and Birmingham will be his chance to overtake shooter Alister Allan as the most decorated Team Scotland athlete of all time.

Enrolled for nine events in total, the swimmer doubts he will compete in all of them and is eager to make his mark for Team Scotland.

He said: “It’s about making sure that I always have good races at international level so that I can learn, it’s all about my performance in Paris, so what can I learn from the events I do in Birmingham.”

Duncan Scott can overtake shooter Alister Allan (pictured) as Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete of all time at Birmingham 2022. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)

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