Ross Murdoch ready to 'move on' from Rio Olympics disappointment

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Ross Murdoch ready to 'move on' from Rio Olympics disappointment

Commonwealth Games champion Ross Murdoch says his "open wound" from the Rio Olympics is healing and he is ready to "move on".

The University of Stirling swimmer is one of six Scots named in the British team for this week's world short course championships in Windsor, Canada.

Despite good form before Rio, Murdoch, 22, failed to make the 100m breaststroke final.

"That's probably why it was so hard to take," Murdoch told BBC Scotland.

"It was one of those things when you go into a competition with so much confidence and I had bags of it to take in with me

"Looking back at it, something just didn't quite click for me there."

Murdoch collected four medals at the European Championships in London less than three months before the Olympics.

Ross Murdoch
Ross Murdoch was disappointed with his performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics

He admits his Olympic debut was "hard" for him and needed some time away from swimming after Rio but, after taking seven weeks out, he is determined to use the disappointment to spur him on.

"At the time it was a bit of an open wound, but I've sat down with all the staff here at the University of Stirling and we've talked it over and we've reviewed the races and we've put things in place to try and change for next time," he said.

There was further disappointment with news that his funding from UK Sport was being reduced as a result of his Rio performance.

"I was on 'A' funding last year following my medal in Kazan at the World Championships, but that's just the way things go in sport and especially in a sport that's not professional.

"We don't sign contracts for wages. It's all performance based and if you underperform that's the sort of funding bracket you get on.

"At first it was quite hard to take, to think that people didn't maybe have the same thoughts of me - you know people maybe thought a little bit less of me, but it's not the case.

"I have sat down with Chris [Spice, British Swimming performance directo] and Bill [Furniss, British Swimming GB head coach], and they are very much saying I'm part of the programme and that they still believe in me."

Ross Murdoch (centre)
Ross Murdoch (centre) with his Gold medal after victory in the Men's 200m breastroke final at the European Swimming Championships in May

Now ready to challenge himself again, he joins fellow Scots Steven Milne, Dan Wallace, Mark Szaranek, Hannah Miley and Kathleen Dawson in the British team this week.

It is Murdoch's first major taste of competitive short course swimming, having withdrawn from 2014 worlds due to illness.

"I wouldn't ever see myself as a short course specialist, but I'm definitely going out there to try and make finals," he said. "That's my aim, to push myself on.

"It's more about putting myself out of my comfort zone and putting myself in a new setting and giving it my all."

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