James Wilby Tracks Down Ross Murdoch for 200 Breast Gold

James Wilby World University Games Gwangju 2015
Photo Courtesy: Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee

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Scotland’s Ross Murdoch looked like he was in position to win a second straight Commonwealth gold medal in the 200 breast, but England’s James Wilby stormed home on the last 50 to steal the gold medal. Wilby touched in 2:08.05, just ahead of Murdoch in 2:08.32.

Wilby closed in 32.59 on the last 50, a full second faster than anyone else in the field and 1.37 faster than Murdoch on the way home.

Australia’s Matt Wilson claimed third in 2:08.64, denying England’s Andrew Willis (2:09.31) a medal. Australia’s George Harley took fifth in 2:10.04, and Craig Benson, in contention the entire race, faded to sixth in 2:10.09.

Scotland’s Calum Tait (2:11.67) and Canada’s Elijah Wall (2:11.94) rounded out the final.