World Aquatics Championships: Ross Murdoch wants to put marker down
|2019 World Aquatics Championships|
|Dates: 12-28 July Venue: Gwangju, South Korea|
|Coverage: Highlights on BBC Two, updates on BBC R5L Sports Extra, and reports on the BBC Sport website and app.|
Ross Murdoch says it took him "a while to find the fire" after Rio 2016 but is now determined to put down a marker for next year's Tokyo Olympics.
The Scot finished a disappointing ninth in the men's 100m in Brazil, having won Commonwealth gold two years earlier.
The 25-year-old was fifth fastest in the 200m breaststroke heats at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea and eager to make amends.
"Post Rio, it was like, do I really want to do this again?" Murdoch said.
"Do I really want to work for four years, work so hard you get sick, you get injured and you struggle with an Olympic performance?
"It took me a while to come to the decision that I really do want to do this, but the fire was always there, it just took me a while to find it."
Murdoch faces stiff competition heading into the semi-finals in Gwangju, with Australia's Andrew Wilson leading the way by recording 2:07.29, the fourth-quickest time of the year, 1.76 seconds ahead of the Scot.
"It's the fastest field ever by a long way," Murdoch said. "There's a few boys out there that are really touching on that world record.
"This is the last major meet before Tokyo, so I really want to put down a good solid marker, something that reflects the good year I've had.
"I've done it in the past. There's nothing to say I can't do it again."