Ross Murdoch


Ross Murdoch is a British Swimmer specialising in breaststroke. Ross is a World Championship medallist, current European and Commonwealth Games 200m Breaststroke champion and holds a Commonwealth Record.


Ross will be competing in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games for Team GB in the 100m Breaststroke.



FACT FILE


DOB

    14 JAN 1994

HEIGHT

    1.83M (6FT 0IN)

CLUB

    UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

COACH

    BEN HIGSON

MAIN EVENT

    BREASTSTROKE

MEDALS (OLYM/WORLD/COMM/EURO)

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HISTORY

Ross Murdoch has made exceptional progress since his first senior debut at the London Olympic Games trials 2012, where he achieved a seven-second personal best to make the 200m breaststroke final. His performance did not admit him to the GB squad for the London 2012 Olympics, but did see him earn a place on the GB team for the European Junior Championships in Antwerp, where he continued his progress with silvers over 50m and 200m Breaststroke.

In June 2013, Ross won the 100m gold and 50m bronze at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield, both in Scottish records. A month later, Murdoch made his senior international debut at the World Championships in Barcelona, reaching the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke.

In the Scottish Short Course Championships 2013, Murdoch again made his mark, taking away a Silver and Gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, performing an All-Time Scottish Record in both. Then in early 2014, Murdoch had international success with clean sweeps in the Edinburgh and Austin Grand Prix and Gold in 100m breast in the Flanders Speedo Cup. On home turf, Ross dominated at BUCS with clear victories in all three of his disciplines and in the Scottish National Championships and Commonwealth Trials, Ross showed he was on form and ready for Glasgow 2014 with a world leading performance in the 50m and a British Record, followed by a Scottish Record in the 100m picking up two Golds and a Silver medal.

In the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Ross shocked the world by winning the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:07.30, a new British and Commonwealth Games Record, just shy of the World Record. Ross' success continued further with a Bronze in the 100m breaststroke, placing 6th in the 50m and 7th in the 4x100m medley relay.

In 2015 Ross continued his successful career, despite set backs with illness, to take a Gold and Bronze in the mixed medley relay and 100m breaststroke at the World FINA Championships in Kazan, Russia. Later in the year, Ross proceeded to pick up two bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke at the Doha and Dubai stages of the World Cup series.

This year, Ross qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in the 100m breaststroke alongside team mate Adam Peaty. This has been followed up by a strong collection of swims in the European Championships at the London Aquatics Centre, in which he picked up three medals - a Gold in the 200m breaststroke, silver in the 100m breaststroke behind team mate Adam Peaty, and a bronze in the 50m breaststroke. Ross also earned a gold medal for his efforts in the 4x100m medlay relay.

Ross currently studies and trains at the University of Stirling, where his head coach is Ben Higson.

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