Mighty Scott Quin targets best in the world

Warrender's Scott Quin
Warrender's Scott Quin
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IPC silver medallist Scott Quin is already plotting his way to going one better next time round and coming out on top against his arch-rival.

The Warrender swimmer set a personal best on his way to a silver medal in the IPC European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven.

The 24-year-old, who suffers from learning difficulties and competes under the S14 discipline, just missed out on gold to Dutchman Marc Evers in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:07.95 – his opponent just touching the boards ahead in 1:07.11.

However, the Edinburgh swimmer said: “I am over the moon to secure my first international medal. I had two of my biggest rivals in the world in my race so it was a hard field to get through. Marc Evers is No.1 in the world.

“I had a target in mind going over there which was to swim a controlled race and try and get a pb. I thought if I secure a medal then it would be a bonus so to come away with a silver is tremendous.

“I think I can beat him (Evers) now. Last year I was two seconds off him and I’ve now really narrowed that time down this time round so I will be giving it my best shot.”

Quin says watching the swimming unfold from the Commonwealth Games just days before he was due to compete himself was just the inspiration he needed to take to Eindhoven. And with the World Championships now less than a year away, Quin can’t wait to taste the action himself as the Tollcross Centre plays host.

He said: “As the week went on and Scotland were doing really well, it gave me that motivation. I wanted to win a medal and round off a good year for Scottish swimming.

“We did really well in Eindhoven and got 73 medals and had 43 pbs from the team. In the hotel and having dinner together, it was a really good week.

“The World Championships are next year in Glasgow so it will be good to experience a home crowd as we saw a couple of weeks ago at the Games.”