Saturday, July 26, 2014

Brilliant Bronze for Murdoch

Ross Murdoch added to his own medal tally with a superb bronze in the 100m Breaststroke final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, which brings Scotland’s swimming medal total so far to six, after three days of competition.

With three of the four fastest swimmers in the world over the distance contesting the final it was always going to be a highly competitive race and it didn’t disappoint, with Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) setting the early pace. Hot on his heels of the Olympic Champion were Murdoch, Adam Peaty (ENG) and Glenn Snyders (NZL) and at the turn there was very little separating the field.

Peaty, well known for his speed on the back end looked strong and made his move, pushing hard into the wall to win gold in 58.94. Murdoch put in a great challenge but van der Burgh held him off to win silver in 59.28. Murdoch finished with the bronze medal in 59.47, while team-mate Craig Benson swam well for 4th in 1:00.44.

Following the race, Murdoch said,

“I’m really pleased with that, it was a personal best for me, and coming off the back of the 200m it was a fantastic race. I would like to say congratulations to Adam Peaty (ENG). He is the first British man ever to go sub 59, which is an amazing feat.

“I felt more relaxed with the Scottish people behind me. The support has been fantastic this week with everyone behind me. I’ve had loads of test messages and it’s turning out to be a fantastic experience, one I’ll never forget.”

When asked if winning the Bronze medal gave him as much pride as winning the Gold medal in the 200m Breaststroke final, Murdoch continued,

“I’m absolutely delighted. This is another medal I get to say I won for Scotland at a Home Games. I am over the moon with it.

Benson was also pleased with his performance saying,

“I went for a medal but rushed it a little bit. The Commonwealth Games features the fastest four men on the planet so it’s one of the toughest event to compete in so to finish fourth is a great achievement.”

There was much expectation about the 200m butterfly final following Cameron Brodie’s superb swim in this morning’s heats. Drawn next to Chad Le Clos (RSA), Brodie tried hard to keep on the shoulder of the reigning Olympic Champion, who until the final 150m was lying in 2nd place, behind Grant Irvine (AUS).

Le Clos, well known for a strong finish powered his way down the last 50m taking Gold in a new Games record time of 1:55.07. Irvine won Silver in 1:56.34 and Sebastien Rousseau his second Bronze of the meet in 1:56.43. Brodie himself finished in 4th place in 1:56.59 and despite that being a personal best, was disappointed. He said,

“I said after this morning’s heats that I would go on and win tonight, I felt like superman. Right now I’m feeling a hell of a lot worse. I was only about 0.1 away from a medal and standing on that podium. I should be happy with that but 4th place sucks!”

Hannah Miley looked shocked at her 4th place finish in the 200m Breaststroke final. Ranked 10th before the event Miley used her strength in the latter stages of the race to move through the field and challenge for a medal. She finished in 2:25.40, a new personal best and only 0.4 off the bronze medal.

Craig Rodgie looked much happier after his Para-Sport 200m Freestyle S14 final and a 5th place finish. His time of 2:03.20 was just outside his personal best.  After the race he said,

“That was much better. I felt awful this morning but just got it out of my mind, rested, relaxed, had good food then came back out and milked the crowd! It is unbelievable. The atmosphere in here is one I’ll never forget.”

The quartet of Caitlin McClatchey, Hannah Miley, Megan Gilchrist and Rachel-Louise Masson smashed the Scottish record in the 4x200m freestyle by a staggering seven seconds to finish 5th in a time of 7:59.06. Earlier in the day Lucy Hope and Rachael O’Donnell had helped get the team to the final.

In other events Sian Harkin finished 7th in the final of the 50m Freestyle with a time of 25.31 after which she had to go and prepare for her semi-final of the 50m Butterfly in which she finished 15th overall posting a time of 27.52.

Jack Ness, Andrew McGovern and Rory Lamont finished 10th, 11th and 13th overall respectively after the semi-finals of the 50m Backstroke

Tomorrow sees Team Scotland’s youngest ever competitor take to the blocks with Erraid Davies going in the Para-Swimming 100m Breaststroke SB9, while Ross Murdoch will be back in action in the 50m Breaststroke where he will be joined by Mark Tully and Joe Welstead. Hannah Miley is also back in action in the 200m Individual Medley while Camilla Hattersley and Aisha Thornton make their Team Scotland debuts in the 800m Freestyle. Corrie Scott, Kathryn Johnstone and Katie Armitage will all contest the 100m Breaststroke.