Ross Murdoch a Scottish competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain in the FINA world championships and European championships, and Scotland in the Commonwealth Games. In 2015 he formed part of the Great Britain squad that won gold in the mixed 4 x 100 meter 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 meter breaststroke behind teammate Adam Peaty.
Britain have now won 13 medals – the joint highest of any nation – but are second in the table behind Hungary, who have won six gold.
Ross Murdoch won 200m breaststroke gold as Britain claimed 5 medals on the fourth day of the European Swimming Championships in London. Scotland’s Murdoch held off Germany’s Marco Koch to win the hosts’ third gold of the meet by .07 seconds. England’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Wales’ Jazz Carlin added silvers in the 200m medley and 800m respectively. And Hannah Miley and Kathleen Dawson of Scotland claimed bronze.
However, the British girls group just missed out on a medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay, finishing fourth.
Murdoch, who won silver behind Adam Peaty in the 100m on Tuesday, will not be competing in the 200m at the Olympics right after only finishing third at the British trials.
“I had a couple of demons from the trials but I want to thank my coach and family members, and this proves I’m on course for the subsequent cycle.”
Double Olympic champion Becky Adlington: “Ross seemed shocked simply because that was almost a second faster than he swam at the trials, exactly where he came third. It’ll be frustrating that he won’t be competing in this event in Rio but there is such strength in depth. What it does imply is that he can concentrate on the 100m.”
“It’s been a long time coming that swim,” the 22-year-old Commonwealth Games champion told BBC Sport. “To come away with a gold, I never believed that would come about so I am totally delighted.