Monday, August 3, 2015

Ross Murdoch lands Bronze to join Peaty on the 100m Breaststroke podium

“I had a rotten swim last night (semi-final),” said Murdoch. “It was really, really bad and slower than my heats swim. I came in tonight with a really relaxed attitude"

Adam Peaty won 100m Breaststroke gold as Great Britain claimed three medals on the second night of swimming at the Kazan 2015 World Championships.

European silver medallist Ross Murdoch landed bronze (and broke the Scottish record) to join Peaty on the 100m Breaststroke podium while Siobhan-Marie O’Connor also secured her first World Championship medal with 200m Individual Medley bronze.

Competing at his first Worlds, all eyes were on Commonwealth and European champion Peaty, having lowered the 100m Breaststroke world record at this season’s British Championships in London.

South Africa’s Olympic champion Cameron Van Der Burgh took the race out to turn 0.41 seconds clear at the half-way stage but it was Peaty who came back strongest to take the touch just 0.07 seconds ahead of the South African.

And while he finished more than half a second shy of his world record, the 20-year old insisted all that mattered in the final was reaching the wall first.

“I’m a little dissatisfied with the time but in the World Championship final, all that matters is the win and I’m very glad I came out on top,” said Peaty.

“Cameron put up a really tough fight and that’s something I’m going to be looking at next year.

“It’s my first World Championships so I’m not quite used to it all yet. If you slip for one moment, in one race, you’re off. I’m still getting used to that but hopefully by next year in Rio, I’ll be up and running.”

Murdoch – who won Commonwealth gold over 200m Breaststroke last year – was seventh at the turn but put in the fastest back 50m of the field to storm through and touch third.

And having only squeezed past last night’s semi-final in eighth, the 21-year old admitted the pressure had been off for the final.

“I had a rotten swim last night,” said Murdoch. “It was really, really bad and slower than my heats swim. I came in tonight with a really relaxed attitude.

“I’m a back end swimmer, a 200m swimmer. I can’t follow those boys out in the first 50m so I have to work to my strength tonight and play it down the back end.

“I’ve had illness this year which meant I didn’t qualify for the 200m and that was a little upsetting. But I’ve had the focus on the 100m to try and develop the front end for the 200m next year and as much as I’m pleased with a world bronze medal here, this isn’t the end.”

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor dug deep to claim her maiden World Championship medal in the 200m Individual Medley final.

With Hungary’s defending champion Katinka Hosszu blasting clear to set a new world record, O’Connor was battling the rest of the field for a place on the podium.

And while Japan’s Kanako Watanabe overtook her in the final metres to clinch silver, the 19-year old Brit was able to hold off USA’s fast-finishing Maya Di Rado with Great Britain’s Hannah Miley one place back in fifth.

“I’m so happy to win bronze,” said O’Connor, who won the Commonwealth title in Glasgow last year. “I just really wanted to come here and win a medal so I’m chuffed to bits to come away with one.

“That last length really hurt but I just had to try and dig deep to hold on really.

“From the start of the season until now, the focus for this year has been to come here and swim well. The team are doing really well and we’re off to a great start and I’m really pleased to be part of it.”

Commonwealth champion Ben Proud was the only other British finalist on the night, finishing eighth in the 50m Butterfly.

There was more success for the Brits in semi-final action as four swimmers reached tomorrow night’s finals.

Having won 400m Freestyle silver last night, James Guy set his sights on a second World medal as he won his 200m Freestyle semi-final to qualify second fastest for the final.

The 19-year old took the touch in a British record 1:45.43, slicing more than half a second off the old marker, with USA’s 2011 champion Ryan Lochte leading qualifiers and GB’s Commonwealth bronze medallist Calum Jarvis 14th overall.

“That felt good,” said Guy. “I was just trying to focus on myself, get the pacing right and hold that technique for a good swim. Hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.”

Liam Tancock and Chris Walker-Hebborn both secured spots in the 100m Backstroke final.

Tancock, who made his World Championship debut 10 years ago, touched second in his semi-final and seventh overall while European and Commonwealth champion Chris Walker-Hebborn took the eighth qualification spot after touching sixth in his semi.

Lauren Quigley will also be in 100m Backstroke final action on day three after touching third in her semi-final. The 20-year old progressed in eighth while teammate Lizzie Simmonds was 13th overall.

Article courtesy of British Swimming