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EUROS Scott wins an unlikely title in Glasgow HOME city hero Duncan Scott defied a difficult lane draw to claim an improbable 200 metres freestyle gold at the European Championships in Glasgow.

The 21-year-old continued his emergence as one of the hottest prospects for Tokyo 2020 on a night when Freya Anderson also led Great Britain's women's 200m freestyle relay team to gold.

Meanwhile Adam Peaty's quest for his third gold of the Games remained on track as he cruised through to today's final of the men's 50m breaststroke.

But for once the headlines ordinarily saved for Peaty were stolen by the Glasgow-born Scott, whose chances of a hugely popular crown appeared over after he was forced to settle for silver in his favoured 100m on Sunday.

Qualifying only eighth fastest, he was given a difficult task in the outside lane but produced a performance of perfect solitude to sink Lithuania's Danas Rapsys into silver with a storming late run.

Scott's win marked his second gold medal of the Games after his part in the 200m freestyle relay win on Sunday - but he shrugged off suggestions that his performances have marked him out as a Tokyo star in the making.

"A lot changes in two years," added Scott. "There's a lot of Olympic champions out there that you might not have heard of yet. I'm just happy I was able to move on from my semi and improve."

Meanwhile 17-year-old Freya Anderson dug deep to also claim her second Glasgow gold as she steered home the women's 200m freestyle relay team.

Anderson's performance on the final leg, when she timed 1.56.0 in the process of overhauling leaders Russia. Eleanor Faulkner, Kathryn Greenslade and Holly Hibbott had put Anderson in place to fight for a medal but gold looked in doubt until the teen's explosive final leg.

Georgia Davies narrowly failed to replicate her earlier 50m backstroke gold as she had to settle for silver in the 100m.

Ben Proud also took silver in the men's 50m butterfly after finishing narrowly behind big rival Andriy Govorov of Ukraine, while there was bronze for Holly Renshaw in the women's 200m breaststroke. ? Olympic champion Jack Laugher completed a golden diving double for GB at the Euros in Edinburgh.

Laugher came from behind to clinch the men's 1 metre springboard title after teenagers Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng had claimed a surprise victory in the women's 10m synchro.

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Date:Aug 8, 2018
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