The first day of the 2016 British Championships and Olympic Trials held in Tollcross, Glasgow, saw the heats and finals of the 100m Breaststroke.
Ross took first place in the sixth heat comfortably in a strong time of 59.82, seeding him in second place going into the final. Other heat winners included Adam Peaty and Craig Benson.
The final saw an exciting race with a slightly weaker start from the current World Record holder Adam Peaty, giving the rest of the field a slight advantage. However, by the turn, Peaty had pulled back a slight lead, recording 27.21 at the touch, just in front of Ross Murdoch at 27.56.
Peaty had a strong turn and pulled away from his competition in the third 25m to give clear water between them. Meanwhile, Ross didn't have the best of turns, with the likes of James Wilby and Craig Benson suddenly very close behind. However, Ross swam a very strong last quarter to easily pull away from the rest of the swimmers, catching slightly on Peaty, and finishing in a time of 59.31, behind Peaty's 58.41, to earn him the silver medal.
Ross has easily broken the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT / “A” Time) of 1.00.57 set by FINA, which permits British Swimming to take 2 swimmers, namely Peaty and Murdoch, however, British Swimming have their own qualifying standards:
British Swimming have a qualifying time for first place finishers of 59.38, which means that Adam Peaty gets automatic selection for the 2016 Olympics British Squad. Despite Ross also making this time, the British consideration time for taking the second place swimmer is set at 59.03, a time faster than Ross' personal best. However, this time has only been broken by 5 swimmers since 2011, and Ross' time of 59.31 places him second in the World Rankings for 2016 so far. The second criteria for consideration is to be within 2% of the consideration time, which stands at 1.00.21, and Ross is easily clear of this time. Hence, it would appear promising for Ross to make selection, but it currently still remains up to the discretion of the British Squad selectors.
Ross' best chance is to now focus on his primary event, the 200m Breaststroke. The heats will take place on 15/04/2016 in the morning session at 10:00am, and will conclude with the final that same evening at 6:30pm. Ross will need to win the final in a time faster than 2:08.52 to gain automatic British selection, but with his personal best well clear of this time, he is well placed.
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