Monday, December 18, 2017

Medals hauled as records fall for Duncan Scott and Ross Murdoch at European Short Course Championships

Scotland's Duncan Scott and Ross Murdoch returned home from the European Short Course Championships in Denmark having set a new Scottish Record each and achieving three finals places between them, on top of Scott picking up two bronze medals.

Scott picked up the first of those two medals in the 200m Freestyle event in Copenhagen, on Thursday. That piece of silverware marked the University of Stirling swimmer's first ever individual senior international medal. Scott was the second fastest qualifier for the final after winning his heat in a time of 1:43.16 but was beaten by Lithuania's Danas Rapsys and Russia's Alexandr Krasnykh, the same man who took bronze ahead of Scott by 0.04s at the World Championships in Budapest this year in the same event.

Scott's second bronze medal came in the 100m Freestyle on the final day of the meet in Denmark and his time of 46.64 set a new Scottish record. It rounds off a strong 2017 for Scott who won relay gold and silver at the World Championships this year as well as that individual fourth place in the 200m Freestyle final.

Ross Murdoch narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the 200m Breaststroke in Copenhagen but he recovered quickly to set two PBs in succession in the 100m event, the second of which came in the final and broke the Scottish record. Murdoch's time of 57.51 was the first to make a record fall during the meet, and after Friday's 100m Breaststroke final he said: "I'm delighted with my 100m tonight! A new best time and a Scottish record in my first ever international short course final. Thanks for the support this week."

Murdoch congratulated his British teammate Adam Peaty who took the win in the 100m event and will now focus on long course preparation ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2018, where Murdoch will defend his 200m Breaststroke gold that he sensationally won in Glasgow in 2014. His buoyant performance in Denmark adds to a 2017 that included two World Championship final places for the man from Balloch.