Friday, December 6, 2019

Murdoch on Scottish Record form on day 3 of European Championships

Considering he’s now eight races in, Ross Murdoch produced an outstanding race to qualify for the 100m breaststroke final with a new Scottish Record on Day 3 of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, which are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Murdoch, who qualified for the semi-finals in 12th place, looked sharp and powered to victory in the first semi-final in a time of 56.83, taking almost half a second off his own national best, which had been set a year ago at the Scottish National Short Course Championships.

When asked what had made the difference between heat and semi-final, Murdoch said,

“I had a bit of chicken stew for lunch and I’ll be having that again, because that was my best swim so far. I had cramp this morning straight off the dive, I was like a plank of wood trying to get through the first 50m. But it was all the different here. That personal best’s been a long time coming and I’m absolutely buzzing.”

When asked if fatigue was setting in after eight races, Murdoch continued,

“8th race; I’ve never even thought about the volume of swimming I’ve been doing. But I’m happy to be safely back for the final. All credit to Ryan (Livingstone) my coach who is looking after me here at this Meet. He put me through a tough warm-up and I didn’t feel great. But I knew I had to have that intensity and force myself to be ready and it paid off.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final, Murdoch was asked about his medal prospects, he said,

“I’d love a medal. It’s been a while since I’ve won one so I’d be over the moon to come away with it. Whether it comes on Sunday or in this, I think there is one coming my way for sure.”

Murdoch’s main rivals tomorrow night will come in the shape of Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) who broke the Championship Record with a time of 55.89. On form Arno Kamminga (NED) who won gold in last night’s 200m breaststroke final, will also be looking to add to his medal tally.  

Team-mate Duncan Scott broke James Goddard’s British Record in this morning’s 200m IM heats with a time of 1:52.33. He was unable to move the time forward in the final, finishing just outside the medals in fourth in 1:53.30.

Gold went to Andreas Vazaios (GRE) in a new European Record time of 1:50.85 with Tomoe Zenimoto Hvas (NOR) winning silver in 1:51.74. The bronze medal was won by Philip Heintz (GER) in 1:52.55.

After the race Scott said of his performance,

“My actual time I was disappointed with, it was slower than this morning. I felt good in the warm up and was feeling pretty confident after this morning. I had good areas to draw on and it was a good all round swim.”

Speaking about what events he may focus on next year, Scott continued,

“It’s not going to differ to what I can do next year. It’s just about what I choose to do in the Trials. There’s not much thought process after the Trials in terms of what I’ll be swimming. It’s all about getting on the team first and foremost.

“I think most people will have looked at the Tokyo schedule. It’s the first ten day programme there’s been  with morning finals and with Britain having more depth and swimming more events, especially in the relays, it will all depend on how the Trials go and what the UK chooses to swim. Then we’ll go from there.”

When asked about potential schedule conflicts and volume of events in Tokyo:

I go off gut instinct and believe in what I think I’m capable of doing. I believe in my own ability. Ten days is a long process and it’s a long competition but qualification comes first and if things all go well then yes,  I could be part of a number of relays. There’s a long way between now and then and things could get complicated but compared with others I have a relatively small programme.”

Earlier in the day Scott McLay was in action in the 50m freestyle heats finishing in a time, close to his best, 21.69.

The schedule of events and full results service can be found HERE.

The LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019 are being held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow from 4-8 December.