Balloch swimmer Ross Murdoch said his 50m breaststroke bronze medal was a 'poetic' way to end representing Scotland in what is likely to be the final race of his career.

The 28-year-old shocked the field at the Sandwell Aquatics Arena to put on an almighty performance from lane eight and take home his second bronze of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The feat by the Scot, who impressed as far back as the Glasgow 2014 games by winning a shock gold in the 200m breaststroke, is all the more remarkable after he retired from competitive swimming in December last year - only to U-turn a few months before the games.

And Murdoch believes competing under Scotland's Saltire gives him an extra push.

Speaking to media outlets after the race, he said: "That right there is just all heart.

"It makes it so much easier when there's a crowd there behind your back and you can see the Saltires. I don't know what it is about racing for Scotland. It's just different for me, it's all I ever wanted."

Completing the set

Murdoch's bronze in the 50m follows his bronze in Friday's 200m breaststroke and he admitted the shorter distance completes the set.

"I'm absolutely buzzin' I've done it," a tearful Murdoch added. 

"It's the only one I've never ever had. I've had a 200m medal, a 100m medal, but all I ever wanted to be was a 50m's a poetic end."