Ross Murdoch

Ross Murdoch (born 14 January 1994) is a British competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain in the Summer Olympics, the FINA world championships and the LEN European championships, and Scotland in the Commonwealth Games. Murdoch rose to prominence when he won the gold medal in the 200 metre breaststroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, beating favourite, Olympic silver medalist and fellow Scot Michael Jamieson. In 2015, he formed part of the Great Britain squad that won gold in the mixed 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, swimming in the qualifying heats, and adding a relay world title to the individual bronze won days earlier in the men's 100 metre breaststroke behind teammate Adam Peaty. In 2016, he qualified for the 100m breaststroke for the Great Britain team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, he won his first European title with a gold medal in the 200 metre breaststroke, also picking up a silver medal in the 100 metre breaststroke silver medal behind teammate Adam Peaty and a bronze medal in the 50 metre breaststroke.

Ross Murdoch
Personal information
Full nameRoss Murdoch
National team Great Britain
 Scotland
Born (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994
Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight76 kg (168 lb)[1]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesBreaststroke
ClubUniversity of Stirling

Swimming career

Ross' first notable performance was in the 200 m breaststroke final at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 where he achieved a seven-second personal best[2] at the London Aquatics Centre.

In 2013, Ross made his senior international debut at the World Championships in Barcelona, in which he placed 30th in the 50 m breaststroke in 28.00 and advanced to the semi-finals in the 100 m breaststroke, placing 11th in 1:00.07. Ross was also selected for the British 4×100 m Medley Relay which came 9th in the Championships.

In 2014 Ross had international success with Gold in Austin Grand Prix for both the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke as well as taking Gold in the 100 m breaststroke in the Flanders Speedo Cup,[3] receiving the award for top male swimmer due to achieving the highest number of FINA points.[4] In the Scottish National Championships and Commonwealth Trials, Ross picked up two Golds and a Silver medal, achieving a Scottish record in the 100 m of 59.75 which he since improved to 59.56 at the British Championships 2014. In 2015, he claimed the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke, placing third behind fellow British teammate Adam Peaty and South African Cameron Van Der Burgh with a time of 59.09.[5]

He is currently coached by Ben Higson,[6] although predominantly coached by Jimmy Orr of West Dunbartonshire through his youth and is mentored by Rebecca Adlington[7]

Commonwealth Games

In July 2014, Murdoch competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games which were held in his home city of Glasgow, Scotland. Murdoch qualified (coming first) for the final of the 200 metre breaststroke with fellow Scots, favourite Michael Jamieson and Calum Tait. He won the Men's 200 metre final, beating Jamieson and Tait at the Tollcross Swimming Centre. This was Murdoch's first major gold medal.[8]

On the second day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Murdoch qualified as the second fastest swimmer for the 100 metre breaststroke in a time of 59.72; the fastest qualifier was Adam Peaty in a time of 59.16. In the final, Murdoch won a Bronze medal with a time of 59.47. Adam Peaty won the race in a Commonwealth Games Record of 58.94, followed closely by Cameron van der Burgh for Silver in 59.28.

Ross also qualified for the final of the 50 metre breaststroke, placing 6th in the final.[9]

Personal life

Murdoch started swimming in Alexandria in West Dunbartonshire, close to his hometown of Balloch, when he was 6 years old. He stated his father as being inspirational as he pushed him to achieve success. He was a pupil of Balfron High School. He has a younger sister, Heather, and a younger brother, Scott.

References

  1. "Ross Murdoch Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com.
  2. "British Gas Swimming Championships 2012". British Swimming. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. "Flanders Speedo Cup". rossmurdoch.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  4. "Flander's Cup Results" (PDF). zwemfed.be/. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  5. Stewart, Mel (3 August 2015). "Watch Adam Peaty win 100 Breaststroke – World Championships Race Video". SwimSwam.
  6. "British Swimmer Profile". Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  7. "Rebecca Adlington to mentor". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  8. "Ross Murdoch stuns Michael Jamieson". BBC Nick Hope. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  9. "Ross Murdoch Commonwealth Bio". Retrieved 28 July 2014.
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