Murdoch Sets Sight on World Stage


Ross Murdoch was one of forty athletes selected for Scottish Commonwealth Aquatics team, the largest Scotland has ever taken to the Games. This follows after recent record breaking swims in the Commonwealth Pool at Tollcross, Glasgow.

In the Scottish Championships, Ross blew the other competitors out of the water with a Gold and Scottish Record in the 100 Breaststroke, 59.75s, followed up with a Gold, British Record and a World Leading performance in the 50 Breast, in a time of 27.28 - a time he repeated in both heats and final as a sign of his strength in the distance.

Even in his weaker of the three disciplines, Ross swam a three second personal best of 2:09.15 to take Silver in the 200, challenging Olympian Michael Jamieson for all four lengths of the pool.

In the British Championships a week later, also held at Tollcross, Ross showed he was not off put by the challenge that would be laid down by English swimmer Adam Peaty, from City of Derby.

Ross dominated the 100 Breaststroke the whole way, laying down another Scottish Record and Personal Best of 59.56 to take Gold. A time only one hundredth off of the British Record.

Ross Murdoch Selected for Scotland Commonwealth Team

In the 50, Ross and Adam held a close and exciting race, with Adam taking the win by two hundredths of a second, Ross happy to take Silver in a time of 27.45.

The two were both appraising of one another, and spoke of the benefits of having local competition to spur them on for the Games. Adam spoke of the experience;

"Me and Ross always have good battles with each other, and it could have gone to either one of us.

"It's just so close between us, and it's going to be so good at the Commonwealth Games."

Ross was delighted with the confirmation of his selection in the Scottish Team, though admitted there was still more to be done;

"Iíll need to swim sub 59 seconds for the gold in the 100"

"Thereís Cameron van der Burgh, whoís Olympic champion and world record holder. Christian Sprenger was world champion last year, so itís a tough field, but I wouldnít have it any other way."

"It gives me a lot of confidence the form Iíve had early in the season, so Iím really looking forward to getting to the Games."

"I swam beside Sprenger at the world heats last year. I wasnít really prepared for that. Iíd never seen these guys before and almost watched them all swim away from me. Iíve experienced that and Iím definitely in a better place now."

"It has almost changed for me now. I know Iím in great form, I know I can find great form even when Iím unrested, so I just need to go in there and give it my best."

With so many world class performances from Scottish athletes over these two weekends, Tollcross had better brace itself for such a competitive and exciting Games this Summer.

Tags: Ross Murdoch, Commonwealth Selection, Team Scotland, Breaststroke, Adam Peaty, Tollcross, Glasgow