DUNCAN SCOTT added another two medals to his tally as he cemented his place as Scotland’s most decorated athlete at the Commonwealth Games.

The Alloa swimmer had already taken gold in the men’s 200m freestyle final and bronze medals in the 400m individual medley, 100m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.

On Wednesday, August 3, Scott took his Commonwealth Games total to 13 – and his sixth at this event – with a gold medal in the 200m individual medley and another bronze in the 4x100 medley relay.

It caps off an unbelievable 12 months for the Wee County man who became the first British athlete to win four medals at a single Olympic Games in August last year.

The 25-year-old took Olympic silver in Tokyo but hasn’t won major gold in the four-stroke event since the 2014 European Junior Championships.

Scott ticked that box on the final night of swimming at Sandwell Aquatics Centre, denying Englishman Tom Dean in a thrilling head-to-head.

He said: “The rivalry or competition in general gets the best out of us. I can say that for myself and definitely for Deano.

“We love a race, whatever the competition. We love the atmosphere, we love finals, and we love getting in amongst it.”

Scott and Dean’s Olympic final rematch in the 200m freestyle was given top billing, coming on the second day of the Games, with the Scot reversing the result from Tokyo.

But their multi-stroke duel on the final night of racing was just as box office and three times as close, going in Scott’s favour by 0.13s rather than 0.39.

Both men conceded ground to Canada’s Finlay Knox on the backstroke leg but Scott used his butterfly strength to fly from fourth to first at the halfway mark.

He then held his advantage on breaststroke and then held on despite Dean outsplitting him by more than half a second coming home.

Scott got it at the touch in a time of 1:56.88.

“I knew he was there. I was like: ‘Oh, he’s catching’,” admitted Scott. “Obviously, I was breathing the other way, we both breathe to our right.

“I know I’m a lot better on other strokes but he comes home strong, he’s faster than me on the freestyle.

“But Tom, great racer, great competitor. I knew he’d be coming home fast.”

Scott then dived back in and helped Scotland win bronze in the 4x100m medley relay.

It has been a brutal meet by Scott’s masochistic standards, consisting of 11 races in five days, and even the man with the endless engine was blowing by the end.

Last Wednesday he said: “Tonight was more of a grind but this one is up there. Honestly, I’m just absolutely exhausted and I was really hurting in that race.

“The time probably reflects that but as I said earlier in the week, in these finals the time goes out the window a little bit.

“The times are what get you to the meet and what puts you in the position to medal but once you're in there it goes out the window."

Mike Whittingham, director of High Performance of sportscotland, added: “Duncan Scott has done it again.

“What a phenomenal race from Duncan and he has really proved why he is one of the top swimmers in the world right now.

“Duncan truly is an inspiration to the next generation of Scottish swimmers.”

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