Saturday, May 21, 2016

Murdoch completes medal hat-trick in London

“The crowd here are second to none and what a way to inspire the next generation by performing well in front of a home crowd. It’s been amazing.” Ross Murdoch

GBR enjoyed another successful night on the penultimate day of the LEN European Aquatics Championships in London, with four medals won, including bronze for Ross Murdoch.

Having broken the Scottish Record in last night’s semi-final with a time of 27.25 (4th fastest in the world this year) Murdoch had qualified second fastest for the 50m breaststroke final, behind world champion and world record holder, Adam Peaty.

Citing this as the ‘weakest’ of his events Murdoch held his own in a quality field, fighting for a podium spot with every stroke and touching home in 27.31 to claim bronze. Peaty didn’t disappoint, winning gold in 26.66 (fastest time in the world this year) and Peter Stevens of Slovenia taking the silver in 27.09.

That medal gave Murdoch the full set having already won gold in the 200m and silver in the 100m breaststroke events.

After the race the University of Stirling athlete said,

“That was my 9th race of the week and I’m delighted with how may body has held up. To come away with a medal in my weakest event is also great.”

Speaking about the home support, Murdoch continued,

“The crowd here are second to none and what a way to inspire the next generation by performing well in front of a home crowd. It’s been amazing.”

Garioch’s Hannah Miley was in also in action in the semi-finals of the 200m butterfly where she finished 11th overall in a time of 2:10.56.

Earlier in the day the quartet of Stephen Milne (Perth City), Ieuan Lloyd (City of Cardiff), Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths Club) and Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) had secured GBR’s place in the final of the 4x200m freestyle.

In the final itself, Robbie Renwick (University of Stirling) was the lead-off man, handing over to European Bronze medallist James Guy (Millfield) before Stephen Milne Milne and Duncan Scott took over and the GBR squad touched home in 7:10.73 for 6th.

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.

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