Ross Murdoch Swimmer

  • DOB

    None
  • Coach

    Steven Tigg
  • Club

    University of Stirling
  • Main event

    Breaststroke
  • Best result

    World Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 7
    • 14
    • 9
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Ross Murdoch announced himself on the scene of international breaststroke with his standout performance at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 - and he has since gone on to appear at four successive World Championships, before gearing up for a second Olympic outing at Tokyo 2020 this summer. 

The University of Stirling swimmer booked his place on the plane to Japan by powering under the Men's 200m Breaststroke consideration time at the London trials, before heading to the European Championships in Budapest and finishing fifth in the final of the same event. 

The most recent of the Worlds inclusions saw Murdoch reach the semi-finals of the 200m Breaststroke at Gwangju in 2019. 

The previous year, he claimed silver at his second Commonwealth Games in the Men's 200m Breaststroke for Team Scotland, followed by a fifth-placed finish in the 100m event. He was also part of the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay quartet that finished fourth on the final night of racing.

His 2018 season concluded with the European Championships, where he posted the third-fastest time in the 100m Breaststroke heats - but the two per nation rule meant he was unable to progress, leaving him ranked 17th. He narrowly missed out on bronze by finishing fourth in his preferred 200m event, and registered 10th in the 50m category. 

The Budapest 2017 World Championships saw Murdoch finish fourth in an incredibly close Men's 200m Breaststroke, as well as reaching the final of the 100m Breaststroke.  He did collect a silver medal for his part in helping the British quartet reach the finals of the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay, where they finished second. 

Earlier in 2017, Murdoch put in a strong 200m Breaststroke performance to win gold and claim his first national title in the event at the British Championships. He also won the silver medal in the 100m category.

Ross made his Olympic Games debut following a successful start to 2016, which saw him secure a pair of gold medals at the European Championships in London, in the 200m Breaststroke and Men's 4x100m Medley Relay. He added to that eye-catching return with a silver in the 100m Breaststroke and bronze in the 50m. 

At his maiden Olympics, Murdoch went on to register a top-10 finish in the 100m Breaststroke. 

Murdoch's second World Championship outing in 2015 brought his first individual Worlds bronze, in the 100m Breaststroke. On top of that, he also helped GB on the way to the world title in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay with his swim in the heats.  

Earlier in the season, he had claimed three medals at the British Championships in London, including silver in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke events.

In 2014, Murdoch truly underlined his status as a world-class performer, winning 200m Breaststroke gold and 100m Breaststroke bronze for Scotland on his Commonwealth debut in Glasgow, before adding silver over both 100m and 200m Breaststroke distances at his European Championship bow in Berlin the following month.

That followed on from his senior international debut at the Barcelona World Championships in 2013, where he reached the 100m Breaststroke semi-finals after claiming the national title for that event earlier in the year. 

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
50m Breaststroke 2016 27.25
100m Breaststroke 2015 59.09
200m Breaststroke 2014 2:07.30 BR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
50m Breaststroke 2019 26.26
100m Breaststroke 2019 56.67
200m Breaststroke 2018 2:03.43
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Breaststroke 2021 - Tokyo 2:09.97 12th
100m Breaststroke 2016 - Rio 1:00.05 9th
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Breaststroke 2019 - Gwangju 2:08.51 11th
100m Breaststroke 2017 - Budapest 59.45 8th
200m Breaststroke 2017 - Budapest 2:08.12 4th
4x100m Medley Relay 2017 - Budapest 3:28.95 Silver
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay 2017 - Budapest 3:41.56 5th
100m Breaststroke 2015 - Kazan 59.09 Bronze
4x100m Medley Relay (Mixed) 2015 Kazan 3:41.71 Gold
50m Breaststroke 2013 - Barcelona 28.00 30th
100m Breaststroke 2013 - Barcelona 1:00.07 11th
4x100m Medley Relay 2013 - Barcelona 3:35.23 9th
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Breaststroke 2021 - Budapest 27.73 18th
100m Breaststroke 2021 - Budapest 1:00.19 16th
200m Breaststroke 2021 - Budapest 2:08.58 5th
50m Breaststroke 2018 - Glasgow 27.39 10th
100m Breaststroke 2018 - Glasgow 59.14 17th
200m Breaststroke 2018 - Glasgow 2:08.55 4th
50m Breaststroke 2016 - London 27.31 Bronze
100m Breaststroke 2016 - London 59.73 Silver
200m Breaststroke 2016 - London 2:08.33 Gold
4x100m Medley Relay 2016 - London 3:32.15 Gold
100m Breaststroke 2014 - Berlin 59.43 Silver
200m Breaststroke 2014 - Berlin 2:07.77 Silver
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Breaststroke 2018 - Gold Coast 59.89 5th
200m Breaststroke 2018 - Gold Coast 2:08.32 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2018 - Gold Coast 3:35.15 4th
50m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 27.65 6th
100m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 59.47 Bronze
200m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 2:07.30 Gold
4x100m Medley Relay 2014 - Glasgow 3:37.48 7th
British Swimming Selection Trials
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Breaststroke 2021 - London 59.51 Bronze
200m Breaststroke 2021 - London 2:08.98 Silver
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Breaststroke 2019 - Glasgow 27.45 Silver
100m Breaststroke 2019 - Glasgow 59.21 Bronze
200m Breaststroke 2019 - Glasgow 2:07.96 Silver
50m Breaststroke 2018 - Edinburgh 28.31 4th
100m Breaststroke 2018 - Edinburgh 1:01.26 Bronze
200m Breaststroke 2018 - Edinburgh 2:14.22 Silver
100m Breaststroke 2017 - Sheffield 1:00.00 Silver
200m Breaststroke 2017 - Sheffield 2:09.15 Gold
100m Breaststroke 2016 - Glasgow 59.31 Silver
200m Breaststroke 2016 - Glasgow 2:09.16 Bronze
50m Breaststroke 2015 - London 27.57 Silver
100m Breaststroke 2015 - London 59.13 Silver
200m Breaststroke 2015 - London 2:08.90 Bronze
50m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 27.45 Silver
100m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 59.56 Gold
50m Breaststroke 2013 - Sheffield 27.67 Bronze
100m Breaststroke 2013 - Sheffield 59.80 Gold
200m Breaststroke 2012 - London 2:13.62 7th