Bursting onto the international stage at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Ross Murdoch hopes being in front of his home crowd provides the same rewards at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.
Murdoch shocked the swimming world by clinching gold in the 200m breaststroke in a British Record and has been a mainstay on the Scottish team ever since.
Murdoch backed up his credentials representing Great Britain with bronze in the 100m at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, and he was also part of the 4x100m Mixed Medley relay team that claimed gold.
The 25-year-old made his Olympic debut in Rio where he finished ninth in the 100m but earlier that year he claimed a clean sweep of medals at the European Championships with gold in the 200m, silver in the 100m and bronze in the 50m.
Two fourth place finishes in the 200m have come in recent championships for Murdoch including at last year’s European Championships which took place in Glasgow.
Having stormed to prominence in front of his home crowd, Murdoch can’t wait to stand on the blocks at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre once again.
“Swimming in front of my home crowd again there’s no feeling like it really, to be swimming at a top level at home,” Murdoch said.
“I’ve still got so many memories from Tollcross, standing on the block when everybody is cheering. It’s just an absolutely spectacular place to be when you’re the home athlete.”
At this year’s British Championships, Murdoch medalled in all three breaststroke disciplines picking up two silvers and a bronze.
The World Championships in Gwangju proved disappointing for the University of Stirling athlete who finished 11th in the 200m.
Murdoch will pick up on his rivalry with teammate James Wilby and hope to bounce back, aiming to reach finals and swim into medal contention.
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Short Course Personal Bests
50m Breaststroke – 26.34
100m Breaststroke – 57.29
200m Breaststroke – 2:03.43
Fun Fact – Away from the pool, Murdoch enjoys listening to Foo Fighters