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Ross Murdoch beats Michael Jamieson again

Scotland's Ross Murdoch. Picture: TSPL

Scotland's Ross Murdoch. Picture: TSPL

Ross Murdoch again beat rival Michael Jamieson in their Commonwealth 100 metre breaststroke heat but it was England’s Adam Peaty who thrilled the crowd at Tollcross with a Games record of 59.47 seconds.

The 19-year-old powered to the finish in his heat with fancied Australian Christian Sprenger among the rest of the race left in his wake.

Murdoch, 20, who beat Jamieson to win gold in last night’s thrilling 200m breaststroke final, looked strong in his favoured event as he left the Olympic 200m silver medal winner trailing to finish first in 1:00.63, both men qualifying for tonight’s semi-finals along with fellow Scot Craig Benson.

Afterwards Murdoch was still buzzing about his gold medal, saying: “I just want to try and ride that for the rest of the week” while Jamieson appeared to accept his chances of a medal were thin. He said: “I’m just going to try and have fun and enjoy it now.”

James Wilby and Andrew Willis of England and Northern Ireland’s Michael Dawson also made the cut, as did Welshman Rob Holderness.

Wales’ Calum Jarvis was the fastest of the Home Nations’ qualifiers in the men’s 200m freestyle heats with a time of 1:47.10 seconds, third fastest behind Australian duo Cameron McEvoy and Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

Scotland’s Robbie Renwick stormed back in the final lap to finish second in his heat behind the impressive looking McEvoy with a time of 1: 47.15 with James Guy of England also a qualifier for tonight’s final.

Renwick believes the gold medal is still up for grabs.

He said: “It was not bad. It was enough to get into the final. I am saving up for tonight. “It’s who wants it most. It’s anyone’s race tonight. “It’s my dream to get on top of the podium for my country.”

Nick Grainger of England, Canada’s Ryan Cochrane and Ieuan Lloyd of Wales finished in joint-eighth place with the same time of 1:48.98 with the Englishman winning the swim-off, saying afterwards: “Everyone wants to get to the final as easily as possible but I am just happy to be there. “The idea is always to get to the final as easily as possible but sometimes that doesn’t happen.”

In the women’s 50m freestyle heats, ahead of tonight’s semi-finals, Fran Halsall finished fastest with a Games record of 24.31, with fellow Englishwomen Amy Smith and Jess Lloyd also among the qualifiers.

Scotland will be represented by Sian Harkin while Hannah McCarthy will race for Wales.

The home crowd cheered Daniel Wallace all the way to the finish in the men’s 400m individual medley heat where he finished with a Games record of 4:11.04 to qualify for tonight’s final.

Wallace joins fellow Scots Lewis Smith and Ross Muir in the final with England represented by Roberto Pavoni, third fastest qualifier with a time of 4:15.26.

In the women’s 100m backstroke heats, Lauren Quigley, Elizabeth Simmonds and Jess Fullalove of England, along with Wales trio, Georgia Davies,, Rachel Williams and Danielle Stirrat, and Kathleen Dawson of Scotland, made it into the semi-finals.

Northern Ireland’s Danielle Hill also got through after beating Kenya’s Talisa Erwin Lanoe in a swim-off.

England, Scotland and Wales qualified for the men’s 4x100m freestyle final.

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