Friday, April 17, 2015

Murdoch Makes Qualifying Time in World Record Breaking Final

There have been a lot of fantastic swims over the course of the British Swimming Championships, but none more so than Adam Peaty’s World Record breaking efforts in the final of the 100m breaststroke.

Man of the moment, Peaty had the crowd roaring as they carried him to the finish in a time of 57.92. Now World record holder in both 50m and 100m events, the City of Derby swimmer is the first man in history to break through the 58 second barrier.

Reacting to his swim, Peaty said: “I can’t believe it; coming in earlier I thought I could get a really good time, maybe a 58.5. Before that race I just thought I’ve done all the training for a 57, and it all paid it off in the end. 

“The crowd were great and they really carried me home at the end, because that was a hell of a pain train. That must be something in that lane four when it really matters.

“It’s going to be a great showdown in Kazan, just because I’ve got the world record doesn’t mean I’m going to get gold, so I’m going to get my head down and make sure I get the medal to go with it.”

University of Stirling’s Ross Murdoch put up a valiant fight, keeping close to the British champion the whole way for 59.12 – inside the World Championship qualification standard and was clearly delighted for his friend and rival at the end of the race.

Loughborough University’s James Wilby earned his first British medal with bronze in 1:00.31.

The final was packed with Scottish swimmers with Craig Benson (University of Stirling), Calum Tait and Mark Tully (both Edinburgh University) finishing in fourth, seventh and eighth places respectively.

Cameron Muir (South Ayrshire) won gold in his EYOF 100m breaststroke final in 1:05.72, while George Clough (Warrender) finished equal sixth in 1:07.40.

In the Girl’s Junior EYOF 100m breaststroke final, Katie Robertson stormed to another victory in 1:11.27. Pending clarification, that may well be another Scottish Age Group Record (13 years).  Older sister Erin finished third in the EG final in 1:10.52.

In a very close Women’s final Kathryn Johnstone was just edged out of the medals finishing fourth in 1:08.78. Her Edinburgh University team-mate, Corrie Scott, finished sixth in 1:08.88.

Commonwealth Champion Daniel Wallace (Warrender Baths) earned his stripes once again as he claimed his first British title in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley ahead of defending champion Roberto Pavoni (4:14.37).

The Florida Gators swimmer, who won silver in 2013, had a strong breaststroke leg to give himself a healthy lead into the last 100m for a final time of 4:12.78.

Wallace said: “That wasn’t quite the time I wanted but that was still a really good race. It’s such a great rivalry between me and Roberto [Pavoni], he was always the man to beat when I was younger and to get to compete against him here is a really great opportunity.

“I hope I’ve given myself a chance of qualification for the World Championships this summer but I always have the same mentality going into every race and that is to have fun; that’s exactly what I did today.”

The bronze went to University of Stirling’s Lewis Smith in 4:18.24, while Mark Szaranek (Carnegie) was fourth in 4:21.53

In the EYOF final Warrender’s George Clough finished fifth in 4:38.10 while in the Men’s Junior EG final Callum Lawrie (FIRST) finished fourth in 4:30.99, while Ryan Brown of Kelso was seventh in 4:34.31.

In the Girls Junior EYOF 100m Butterfly final, Eve White (Dumfries), just missed out on a podium place finishing fourth in 1:03.13.

Scott McLay (Perth City) continued his excellent form, winning gold in the Boy’s Junior EYOF 50m freestyle final.  In a photo finish McLay (23.84) clinched the title over Elliot Clogg (Co Sheffield) and William Cole (Soundwell SC) in 24.23 and 24.26 respectively.

In the Men’s Junior EG final, Craig McLean (Carnegie) took the bronze medal in 23.53 while Suleman Butt (Aberdeen) finished seventh in 24.02.

In the Men’s Open final Jack Thorpe and Kieran McGuckin of Edinburgh University finished sixth and seventh respectively (22.90 and 23.01).

Results from the British Swimming Championships can be found here

Selection Policy for the FINA World Swimming Championships 2015can be found here

Selection Policy for the 2015 European Games can be found here

Selection Policy for the European Youth Olympic Festival 2015 can be found here