Sunday, July 23, 2017

Season’s best for Murdoch as he moves into breaststroke final

Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) set a season’s best time on his way to the World Championships final in 100m breaststroke on the opening day of the swimming competition at the Duna Arena.

Murdoch, who won bronze in the same event in Kazan two years ago, was in the same semi-final as Olympic Champion Adam Peaty who set a new Championship Record when he posted a season’s best 57.75. While Peaty is fastest into tomorrow’s final, Murdoch’s time of 59.23 was also a season’s best and he will be seventh fastest in the final. After the race Murdoch said,

“The 200m is still my main event but I love swimming the 100m, the two events complement each other so well. I was very disappointed not to swim this event for the last couple of years but training has gone so well and I’m back to where I want to be and I love the competition.”

Both Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (National Centre Bath) and Hannah Miley (University of Aberdeen) set season best times in the semi-finals of the Women’s 200m Individual Medley. O’Connor qualified fourth for the final in 2:09.72 while Miley finished just outside in ninth in 2:11.20 with her best 400m IM event still to come.

After the race Miley said,

“This may be my fifth World Championships but it’s the fastest 200m IM I have done! My training has changed, I’m now in a 10-lane 50m pool so I’m having to adapt things and everything is feeling new and fresh.”

Talking about the possibility of her retiring after the Rio Olympic Games, Miley continued,

“There are a lot of new faces in the squad, it’s been intriguing to see who has come through the ranks. I've carried on as in my heart I knew there was still something left to give."

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