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Anderson narrowly misses final on day two of World Short Course Championships

Day two of finals racing at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi saw Freya Anderson, Duncan Scott and Lucy hope in action for Great Britain.

A relatively quiet night of racing for the Great Britain side saw Anderson narrowly missing out on the final of the Women’s 100m Freestyle.

The National Centre Bath-based swimmer was ranked sixth heading into the semis in what was dubbed as being one of the highlight races of the evening.

In what was certainly a tightly contested race with some sprinting veterans such as Sarah Sjostrom and Siobhan Haughey, Anderson swam a time of 52.67 to finish tenth overall.

That time places her as the second reserve ahead of the final and also improves on her morning heat time of 53.02.

Also in action in the same event was Lucy Hope who was seeded eleventh overall heading into the semifinals with a time of 53.49.

The Scotland native bettered that mark in her second race of the day after touching the wall in 53.41 to finish sixteenth in the field.

Scott kicked off the session for the team as he raced in the final of the Men’s 200m Freestyle.

Heading into the final, Scott was the third qualifier with a time of 1:42.58 which he set in the morning heats. In the final, he was fourth to the wall with a time of 1:42.27.

Scott was 0.54 behind the bronze medallist Danas Rapsys of Lithuania (1:41.73), while silver went to Aleksandr Shchegolev of RSF in 1:41.63 and the gold to Korea’s Sunwoo Hwang in 1:41.60.

He was off his personal best time here which sits at 1:40.25 from November 2020 – though reports from the event have stated that he is currently recovering from a recent chest infection.

Full results are available here.

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