LAURA Muir isn’t the only one of Scotland’s ascendant sportspeople attempting to time their run perfectly for the Tokyo Olympics. Like Muir, who he watched recently becoming the first athlete in 50 years of trying to successfully defend two European indoor titles, Duncan Scott is a reigning European champion who has designs on winning his first individual world title before taking on all comers in Japan in 2020. It all begins for the 21-year-old, who returned from the Gold Coast with a record haul of six Commonwealth medals to add to his collection, at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet which gets under way today at the Royal Commonwealth pool. A dry run for the British trials at Tollcross, Glasgow, next month, Scott could hardly fail to take inspiration from the manner in which Muir saw off all comers at the Emirates Arena.

“I think she did a slightly harder degree than myself!” said the University of Stirling scholar. “I don’t know if she would even know who I am. But what she is doing in athletics is incredible, whether it is the British record in one event or the double double at the European Championships. It is great to see a fellow Scot performing really well on the international stage even though I am happy to keep my head down and do my own thing.”

The World Championships for Scott come in Gwangju, Korea, this summer. Already with double world relay gold and silver to his name - along with two Olympic relay silvers - he is taking nothing for granted after a winter which was spent nursing an ankle injury and going warm weather training in Flagstaff, Arizona, but knows that getting onto the podium would put a marker down for Tokyo. “First of all, it is the world championships, it is a huge competition in its own right every two years,” said Scott. “I know sitting here right now that the injury doesn’t affect me at all any more, so just personally I want to go out there and do well again after what I achieved last year and the year before. It would be another good stepping stone towards the Olympics.”

The capital annual meet, reintroduced to the UK swim calendar five years ago, sees the best in GB swimming taking on the Danish and Spanish national teams and top individual and club swimmers from Europe. There should certainly be a battle royal in the breaststroke, where Scott’s Stirling pal Ross Murdoch will hope to take both world record holder Adam Peaty and the in-form James Wilby. Hannah Miley will compete too, although she will reduce her schedule as she returns after ankle surgery. “I’ll be going into race, I won’t be doing a hundred million races like I used to do,” said Miley.