Road To Rio


The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games starts in just over a week, with the opening ceremony commencing the event on Friday 5th August. Ross' first race will take place on Saturday 6th August in the morning session with the 100m breaststroke; the semi finals take place in the afternoon, and the final during the afternoon session on Sunday 7th August.

Ross has had a strong season in the lead up to these games, starting with his selection for Team GB in the 100m breaststroke after qualifying for the Olympics in the British Championships and Trials. Despite slight disappointment in placing third in the 200m breaststroke and thus not qualifying for the event, Ross quickly bounced back, keen to make the most of his first Olympics, and keen to support his fellow team mates in their successful selection and training for the Games.

In the European Championships, Ross proved to the world that he is on form and ready for the Olympic year, picking up 4 medals in 4 events:

In the 200m breaststroke, Ross took gold in a time of 2:08.33 to beat German Marco Koch (2:08.40). Ross' GB team mate Andrew Willis placed 8th in the heats (2:12.88) and Craig Benson placed 9th in the semi finals (2:11.93).

In the 100m breaststroke, World Record holder and fellow GB team mate Adam Peaty took gold in 58.36, Ross took silver in 59.73, followed by Giedrius Titenis of Lithuania in 1:00.10. Ross also took bronze in the 50m breaststroke (27.31) to finish collecting a medal in all three individual events. Adam Peaty took gold (26.66) and Peter Stevens of Slovenia took silver (27.09). Team GB also took gold in the 4x100m medley relay, with Ross swimming in the squad for the heats.

Watch Ross at the European Championships on DailyMotion here.

European Aquatics Championships - London 2016 (40) by lentv

Ross Murdoch, winner of Men's 200m Breaststroke... by lentv

Following the Europeans, Ross had a successful swim in the Mare Nostrum tour in Barcelona, picking up a bronze in both the 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke; and on home turf, Ross took a clean sweep at the Scottish National Championships, with gold medals in all three breaststroke disciplines.

Last Thursday (21st July) saw Ross' last training session in Stirling before setting off to London to join the Team GB swimming squad; arriving in Rio de Janeiro at 2:00am GMT Saturday 23rd July.

Catch up with Ross in the media:

To find out more on how you can watch Ross and his team mates in Team GB compete in the Olympic Games 2016, please visit the BBC FAQ here

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