Ross Murdoch: No rest ahead of Rio for Commonwealth champion

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland

Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch insists he cannot live his life in the past and views his success at Glasgow 2014 as a stepping stone to the future.

Murdoch will compete for Great Britain in the World Short Course Championships in Doha next month and is targeting the Rio 2016 Olympics.

And the 20-year-old admits he rarely looks at the gold and bronze medals he won in Glasgow.

"There isn't much time," Murdoch said about the build-up to Brazil.

Time off has been scarce for Murdoch in 2014 and that pattern is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Murdoch overcame fellow Scot and Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson to win 200m gold in Glasgow.

A bronze in the 100m breaststroke followed for the University of Stirling swimmer.

Ross Murdoch and Michael Jamieson
Murdoch beat Jamieson to 200m breaststroke gold

"To make the Olympics Games, I have to be part of the Great Britain team," explained Murdoch.

"I really want to cement myself on to that team and make sure that I'm on the team for the World Championships in the short course, on the team for World Championships long course and again for the Rio Olympic Games.

"I've really got to just be a regular member on that team and that's really what I'm there to do.

"There's no excuses, it's got to be full-on for the next two years.

"I like to think of the Commonwealth Games as a stepping stone and how that's in the past now. There's no point in living your life in the past, you've just got to keep moving forward and strive to be better."

Another Scot, Hannah Miley, will also feature in Doha.

Adam Barrett, Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies, James Guy, Fran Halsall, Adam Peaty, Ben Proud, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Siobhan Marie O'Connor and Sophie Taylor make up the rest of the British team.

The World Short Course Championships begin on 3 December and runs for five days.