Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Magic Murdoch Secures Silver medal in London

“Someone like Adam is always race ready, which is good for me as I have to up my game every time I race him.” Ross Murdoch

A GBR 1-2 for Adam Peaty and Ross Murdoch in the final of the Men’s 100m breaststroke raised the roof at the London Aquatics Centre on day two of the swimming competition of the LEN European Aquatics Championships.

Despite being in some hard training Peaty (City of Derby) and Murdoch (University of Stirling) both looked race ready as they stood up on the blocks. Peaty went out fast and established a healthy lead before turning for home. Murdoch saved his best for the back end of the race, closing down Peaty and touching home in 59.73 for silver. Peaty took gold in 58.36 with Giedrius Titenis of Lithuania picking up the bronze medal in 1:00.10.

After the race a jubilant Murdoch said,

“I really enjoyed that, it was good to fight all the way to the end. That was down to the crowd and I’d like to give a massive shout out to everyone here and at home who has supported me.

“Someone like Adam is always race ready, which is good for me as I have to up my game every time I race him.”

Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths Club) also went a long way to thank the selectors who gave him a wild card for Rio by making the final of the 200m IM.

After a steady start Wallace used his excellent breaststroke to move up through the field and finish his semi-final in 4th in 2:00.74, enough to make it through to tomorrow’s final. After the race Wallace said,

“It’s been a pretty hectic few weeks. I’m managed to find my way onto the team and I’m here to prove a point. I don’t just want to be considered the wild card.”

When asked if his training in the US has put him out of sync with the UK training programme, Wallace continued,

“I’ve been in the US for five years and it’s worked well for me and established who I am as a person and an athlete. I’m fortunate to have great coaches in Florida and in the UK with my club Warrender and I’ll be working hard with everyone for the next few months to be in the best shape possible for Rio.”

Earlier in the day the quartet of Georgia Davies, Craig Benson, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Duncan Scott posted the fastest qualifying time in the 4x100m Mixed Medley, which resulted in the team of Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall winning gold.

Full results for the LEN European Aquatics Championships 2016 are available here:http://london2016.microplustiming.com/Elite/indexLondonElite2016_web.php?sport=Swimming

Tickets for the LEN European Aquatics Championships are still available both on the door and via http://www.theticketfactory.com/euroaquatics/online   - come and support the British team in London.