World Aquatics Championships: Ross Murdoch wants to put marker down

Ross Murdoch
Ross Murdoch is through to the semi-finals as fifth fastest in Gwangju
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."

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