Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Medal Success for Murdoch and Scott as Swimmers Perform Across the Globe

"I'm very happy with this result and I'm looking forward to my main event, the 200m."

It was a GBR 1-2 in the final of the Men's 100m breaststroke at the LEN European Swimming Championships in Berlin, with Adam Peaty winning gold and Ross Murdoch silver in a thrilling final.

It was Murdoch who powered up the first 50m turning first, but Peaty's finish was superb and the City of Derby swimmer took gold in 58.96. Murdoch's time of 59.43 was another Scottish Record and secured his silver medal while Giedrius Titenis of Lithuania won bronze in 59.61.

After the race Murdoch (University of Stirling) said, "I'm very happy with this result and I'm looking forward to my main event, the 200m."

Earlier in the day Murdoch had been part of the Mixed 4x100m Medley quartet who set a new British Record for the event and secured a middle lane for the British Gas GBR Team for the final. And what a final it was! Christopher Walker Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Jemma Lowe and Fran Halsall not only won the gold medal but set a new World Record for the event in 3:44.02.

Stephen Milne (Perth)showed his depth in freestyle swimming with an impressive performance in this morning's heats of the 1500m Freestyle. Making the longest event in the swimming programme look easy, Milne finished strongly qualifying third for tomorrow's final (15:04.86)

Over in Nanjing the Boys 4x100m Freestyle team dominated the final from start to finish taking gold in 3:21.19. A 49.67 lead-off swim from Duncan Scott set the team of to a great start with Miles Munro, Martyn Walton and Luke Greenbank completed the Team GB quartet and showing impressive form as they pulled away from he rest of the field. 

In the semi-finals of the 50m Freestyle Duncan Scott posted a new British Age Group Record to qualify for the final (22.78).