The 24-year-old said he could “hold my head high” after finishing 0.28 seconds behind winner Wang Shun of China — despite being “gutted” at again missing out on an individual Olympic gold.
It was Britain’s sixth medal in the pool at the Games, and came shortly after teammate Luke Greenbank won bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke. Scott came into Tokyo with two silvers in his possession from Rio 2016 and he claimed a third on Tuesday after finishing runner-up to Tom Dean in the men’s 200 metres freestyle. He also won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
Scott initially seemed crestfallen at his latest individual silver, facing away from the scoreboard confirming Wang’s win.
Asked for his reaction, he responded: “I think initially I’m just really gutted. Obviously times at an Olympic final almost go out of the window for me.
“But I’ve had enough time to think about it a bit more and let it sink in, a massive PB again, I’ve dropped over a second and a half in this event this year, still learning it a lot.
“I can hold my head high. Just not enough again.”
Scott is the first British swimmer to win three medals at a Games since 1908.
Greenbank, 23 – who finished 1.45s adrift of winner Evgeny Rylov of the Russian Olympic Committee, with Ryan Murphy of the United States taking silver — had an emotional hug with Scott when they crossed paths in the media mixed zone.