Day 1 - Commonwealth Games 2014


This is the first day of action in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, and the swimming kicks off straight away with the first session at 10:00 this morning.

This also brings the first day of races for Ross with the heats of the 200m Breaststroke at 12:37 this afternoon.

The 200m Breaststroke has not been Ross' best event necessarily, but with his recent 2:09.15 pb at the Scottish Championships 2014 and track record of stepping up on home territory, such as with his debut swim at the London Aquatics Center in 2012, he may be able to pull something special out in this event over the next two days, especially with the backing of the Scottish crowd behind him.

Saying that, Ross will face very strong competition. Michael Jamieson, Scotland's other major breaststroke swimmer, will be looking to dominate the field today. With a 2:07.43 pb and a time this year untouched by anyone else at 2:07.79, a second faster than anyone else, he will be looking to use the home advantage to push himself above the likes of Christian Sprenger (Australia, pb 2:07.31) and Andrew Willis (England, pb 2:08.84) as well as Ross.

If someone is to challenge Jamieson today, it will most likely be Sprenger. Though having not produced the fastest time this year, Sprenger is well experienced and has clocked faster than the other athletes. It will just be up to whether the speed Sprenger has gained over his focus in the 50m and 100m will keep him in front on the last two lengths, or whether he will begin to fade.

All said, Ross may still have a chance to make the podium if he repeats his Scottish Champs performance or better. With his main competition for bronze being the two English swimmers, Adam Peaty (pb 2:09.40) and Willis, perhaps past performances will encourage him to stick in front of Peaty, and the backing of Scotland may drive him on even further.

The final of the 200m Breaststroke will take place tomorrow in the evening session (19:00 onward).

Tags: Commonwealth Games, Day 1, Tollcross, Glasgow, Ross Murdoch, Christian Sprenger, Andrew Willis, Adam Peaty, Michael Jamieson, 200m Breaststroke