2018 Commonwealth Games: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Records are poised to fall as the 2nd finals session of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will feature finals in the men’s 50 fly, women’s 50 breast, men’s 200 free, men’s and women’s S9 100 back, men’s 400 IM, men’s 100 back, women’s 100 fly, and men’s 4 x 100 free relay, as well as seminfinals of the women’s 50 free, men’s 100 breast, and women’s 100 back.

Kylie Masse already broke the Commonwealth Games record in the 100 back in prelims today, posting a 58.70. Emily Seebohm, whose record Masse broke, was 2nd this morning with a 58.91. Both swimmers could go faster in the semis tonight, but they may not because just being under 1:00 should place them safely in the final for tomorrow.

Madeline Groves broke the women’s 100 fly meet record in the semifinals last night, posting a 57.22. Groves is seeded half a second ahead of anyone else in the field. Mitch Larkin is seeded 1st in the men’s 100 back final by well over half a second after narrowly missing the meet record of 53.12 by .03 seconds in last night’s semis.

Australia’s men’s 4×100 free relay broke the meet record this morning in prelims without Kyle Chalmers. They went 3:12.72 this morning, and were 4 seconds ahead of any other team. Will anyone rise up to challenge the Aussies tonight, or will they run away with the race?

Adam Peaty was .20 seconds off his 2014 meet record of 58.94 in the 100 breast this morning. Peaty has broken plenty of records in semifinals swims before, so it wouldn’t be that surprising if he did, but he certainly doesn’t need to go any faster than he did this morning to make it back to finals. Similarly, Cate Campbell will be swimming in the women’s 50 free semifinals tonight, and she could always fire off a meet record in a semifinal too. She was 24.24 this morning, comfortably the fastest in the field, and the record sits at 23.96. Again, just like Peaty in the 100 breast, Campbell doesn’t need to go any faster for the semis, but she still may.


  1. Chad le Clos – 23.37
  2. Dylan Carter – 23.67
  3. Ryan Coetzee – 23.73

Chad le Clos opened up a session with a win in the 50 fly. The field was very tightly packed until roughly the last 10 meters of the race when le Clos established a slight edge over the rest of the field. NCAA competitor Dylan Carter and Ryan Coetzee also won medals. Carter’s medal was the first swimming medal for Trinidad and Tobago in the Commonwealth Games. South Africa in turn picked up 2 medals with both le Clos and Coetzee grabbing a medal.


  1. Sarah Vasey – 30.60
  2. Alia Atkinson – 30.76
  3. Leiston Pickett – 30.78

England’s Sarah Vasey managed to get her hands on the wall first in a race that was very difficult to call even as the field approached the finish. Vasey shed a little time from semifinals, which was enough for the win over Alia Atkinson. Atkinson was slower than she went in the semis, and more importantly, her semis time of 30.53 would have been good for the win tonight. Still, she picked up Jamaica’s first swimming medal of the Games. Leiston Pickett picked up Australia’s first medal of the night with her 3rd place finish.


  • CG Record: 1:44.71, Ian Thorpe (AUS), 2002
  1. Kyle Chalmers – 1:45.56
  2. Mack Horton – 1:45.89
  3. Duncan Scott – 1:46.30

Kyle Chalmers and Mack Horton both broke away from the field on the final 50 of the race, establishing themselves as the top 2 going into the finish. The Aussie teammates picked up Australia’s 2nd and 3rd medals of the night with 3 events completed in the session. Duncan Scott edged out James Guy for 3rd. Guy finished in 1:46.40, and he and Scott were both on the World Champion 4×200 free relay last year, even though at this meet Scott competes for Scotland, and Guy for England.

With Australia going 1-2 at 1:45 each, and Alexander Graham coming in6th with a 1:47.01, Australia could have a very fast 4×200 free relay later on in the meet.

Chad le Clos took the race out very fast, which is pretty typical racing strategy for him, however on the back of just having just won the 50 fly, he faded dramitically on the back half of the race. Le Clos came in 7th with a 1:47.46.


  • CG Record: 23.96m Francesca Halsall (ENG), 2014
  1. Cate Campbell – 23.88
  2. Bronte Campbell – 24.38
  3. Shayna Jack – 24.63
  4. Taylor Ruck – 24.72
  5. Erin Gallagher – 25.03
  6. Kayla Sanchez – 25.20
  7. Anna Hopkin – 25.33
  8. Danielle Hill – 25.80

Australia was dominant in this semifinals, taking the top 3 spots going into tomorrow’s final. Cate Campbell looked be on World Record pace the whole way through the race, but at the touch she had to settle for a new Commonwealth Games record. Her time was about 1-tenth of a second off her personal best. Shayna jack won the first of the semis, beating out Taylor Ruck in a very close finish. The only other swimmer from the first semifinal to advance was Anna Hopkin, who came in 7th.

Taylor Ruck was under 25 seconds for the first time ever and broke her own Canadian National Record for 15-17 women.


  1. Adam Peaty – 58.59
  2. James Wilby – 59.69
  3. Cameron van der Burgh – 59.74
  4. Matt Wilson – 59.89
  5. Jake Packard – 1:00.01
  6. Ross Murdoch – 1:00.07
  7. Craig Benson – 1:00.43
  8. Andrew Willis – 1:01.29

James Wilby won the first of the semifinals, hitting the wall halfway through behind by a fairly sizeable margin, but picked up his tempo on the back 50 and went right past everyone. He was the only swimmer from the first of the semis to break 1:00. Jake Packard, Ross Murdoch, and Craig Benson also managed to advance from the fist semi.

Adam Peaty broke his own Commonwealth Games record in the 2nd heat of semis, touching at the 50 just ahead of Cameron van der Burgh, but opened up a big lead in the 2nd 50, specifically the last 25 meters.


  1. Alice Tai – 1:08.77
  2. Ellie Cole – 1:11.51
  3. Ashleigh McConnell – 1:15.93

S9 World Record holder Alice Tai won the event in her 2nd fastest time ever. She lead comfortably through much of the race, coming into the finish with the Gold Medal comfortably within her grasp. That marked another gold for England, and Cole and McConnell added to Australia’s medal count as well. 7th place finisher Kiran Tak was disqualified this morning, bought appealed the decision and won, allowing her to compete again tonight.


  1. Timothy Disken – 56.07
  2. Lewis White – 56.77
  3. Brenden Hall – 57.90

Timothy Disken and Lewis White had a tight battle all the way through the race, hitting the 50 mark at almost the exact same time. Disken only started to pull away slightly in the last 25 meters of the race.


  1. Kylie Masse – 58.66
  2. Emily Seebohm – 58.95
  3. Taylor Ruck – 1:00.06
  4.  Kaylee McKeown– 1:00.11
  5. Georgia Davies – 1:00.33
  6. Jade Hannah – 1:00.37
  7. Hayley Baker – 1:00.63
  8. Kathleen Dawson/Elizabeth Simmonds – 1:00.67

Emily Seebohm took the first semifinal with the only sub-1:00 time. Seebohm was out at the 50 .20 seconds under World Record pace, but came back a little ways off the WR split on the back 50. Taylor Ruck and Georgia Davies were battling for 2nd through that race, with Ruck closing just slightly faster to claim nd in the first semi.

Kylie Masse then took the 2nd heat of the semis, breaking the Commonwealth Games record for the 2nd time today. That was actually the 3rd time today the CG record was broken in this event, since Seebohm broke it initially this morning before Masse lowered it even further. Masse was also out under WR pace, so the final tomorrow should be a very exciting race between Masse and Seebohm.

A swim-off will be required between Kathleen Dawson and Elizabeth Simmonds.


  • CG Record: 4:11.04, Daniel Wallace (SCO), 2014
  1. Clyde Lewis – 4:13.12
  2. Mark Szaranek – 4:13.72
  3. Lewis Clareburt – 4:14.42

Clyde Lewis took home a Gold Medal for Australia in this event for the first time since 2002. Lewis and New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt had established themselves at the front of the pack at the halfway mark. Mark Szaranek of Scotland had pulled up to about Lewis’ hips going into the freestyle leg, and the 2 races hard into the finish. Szaranek started to gain on Lewis in the final 50 but it wasn’t enough to catch him.

Lewis Clareburt took home New Zealand’s first medal of the night with his 3rd place finish.


  • CG Record: 53.12, Chris Walker-Hebborn (ENG), 2014
  1. Mitch Larkin – 53.18
  2. Bradley Woodward – 53.95
  3. Markus Thormeyer – 54.14

The race was pretty tight at the 50 mark, but Mitch Larkin established himself solidly as the leader by the 75 mark. Larkin narrowly missed the Commonwealth Games record again, posting a time .03 seconds off his semifinals performance. Teammate Bradley Woodward edged out Markus Thormeyer for 2nd after battling with him the entire 2nd 50. With the 1-2 finish, Australia picked up its 9th and 10th medals of the night, as well as their 6th Gold of the meet. Thormeyer gave Canada its first medal of the night with his 3rd place finish.


  1. Emma McKeon – 56.78
  2. Madeline Groves – 57.19
  3. Brianna Throssell – 57.30

Australia pulled off a sweep of the medals, going 1-2-3 and breaking the CG record. Emma McKeon pulled ahead in the final 25 meters to charge into the wall as the onlt swimmer under 57 seconds, breaking the record Madeline Groves set this morning. Groves came in .03 seconds under the record she set this morning as well. That performance marks Australia’s 13th medal of the night, and their 7th Gold of the meet. It was also the 3rd event tonight where the Aussies took the top 2 spots.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada came in 4th just .20 seconds off Throssell, finishing in 57.50.


  • CG Record: 3:12.72, AUS, 2018
  1. Australia – 3:12.96
  2. England – 3:15.25
  3. Scotland – 3:15.86

Australia managed to duplicate their performance from this morning, going 3:12 again and coming in 1st by a large margin again. Despite subbing in Kyle Chalmers for finals, the Aussies were still slightly slower than their CG record time this morning. They were packed in the middle of a tight field following the lead-off leg (Cameron McEvoy – 48.91), but James Magnussen opened up a sizeable lead on the 2nd leg, posting a 48.09. Jack Cartwright threw down a speedy 47.71 on the 3rd leg, and Chalmers anchored in 48.25. Cartwright and Chalmers had the fastest 2 splits out of the entire field. Australia ended with 14 medals on the night, and 8 Gold Medals for the meet.

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E Gamble
4 years ago

When is Chad Le Clos going to try and swim his 200 free differently? He takes it out fast and ends up dying almost every single time. It’s time to try something new.

4 years ago

I agree. I was expecting much better competition. Looks like England is swimming through the meet in anticipation of Europeans, Aussies are dominating, SA only has Chad, Canada only has a Women’s team and the other countries are just plain weak. Disappointing.

Aussie crawl
4 years ago

King Kyle is back in the house..,

angela jones
4 years ago

Swimming Australia’s qualifying time for the 50 Fly was 23.67 so only 2 men achieved it, and they came 1st and 2nd in the final so no surprise that no Australian in the medals! The National Champion was not included on the team with a time of 23.74

4 years ago

Hate to say it but McEvoy is easily the biggest choke artist we’ve ever seen in the 100m freestyle. The man hasn’t swum a PB in an international final since 2013 and he consistently underperforms every time he races. The man is certainly one of the most talented swimmers currently competing, but I think it might be time to hang up the goggles for good and quit embarrassing himself every time he jumps off those blocks. I certainly can’t imagine it is easy psychologically to never have a good race when it counts

Reply to  Crannman
4 years ago

I would tend to agree with u here …..48 + on a relay at this level is incomprehensible for such a talent .

Sum Ting Wong
Reply to  Crannman
4 years ago

Have you ever thoughtthat as a super ambitious STEM student he has just moved on mentally ? If he stays on in the sport it will only be as an extra in his life .

Otoh he is doing a wonderful job with Apollo .

Reply to  Crannman
4 years ago

And even the ‘refuge’ as a relay swimmer is now slipping out of his grasp…Still the fastest time in textile though, a big achievement.

Reply to  Crannman
4 years ago

He might be a declining a force but to say he “consistently underperforms” and is “embarassing himself every time he jumps off the blocks” is way over the top. Rio was a big disappointment for him but here’s his record in the 100 at the big meets over the last five years: 2013 WC’s – 4th, 2014 CG’s – gold, 2014 Pan Pacs – gold, 2015 WC’s – silver(behind a drug cheat), 2017 WC’s – 4th. I suggest you study the facts and be a bit more respectful.

4 years ago

Here is how I envision Pan Pacs 4×100 this summers. Going into the anchor leg it looks like it is all but over. It’s the Aussies with a 2 body length lead on the USA, under world record pace. Kyle Chalmers enters the water. Surely, this is their moment, redemption for a team that has underperformed at every turn and major championship since 2011. Gold in their sights…


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Reply to  Bayliss
4 years ago

A great Legend is Born !!!

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Reply to  Bayliss
4 years ago

That ending is cringy lol.

4 years ago

The very impressive time by Kyle Chalmers brings home once again the stupidity of the Australian coaches in not putting him on the 4X200FS in Rio. With him in the team Australia would have won bronze and maybe even silver.

4 years ago

He didn’t swim the 200free at AUS Trials so he really didn’t put himself in the selectors window. He has only chosen to pursue it with any degree of seriouslness since Rio.

There was some controversy over McEvoy not swimming the 4×200 in Rio but that was a double-edged sword given his erratic record in this relay …… and his denateable form at that meet.

Notional “what ifs” are tempting but there are actual realities that tend to be overlooked

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

After some really slow splits in the heats of the relay the Australian coaches should have taken on board the low 1.47 Chalmers had swum untapered at a state level meet a couple of months before. He was clearly in the form of his life and it was clear he also had a big swim in him over 200 metres. The head coach is paid a lot of money and he shouldd have had the courage and the imagination to make such a call.

4 years ago

Very impressed with Chalmers’ 1:45. Looking forward to the 100 free– relay anchor wasnt good but I think he is aware of wanting to make a statement in the open 100 towards Pan Pacs and facing Dressel the Titan. I would love to see Cate clip that 50 free WR and I think she can do it. Would be interesting to see if Ruck can go sub 24.5 and pip Shayna Jack for bronze– this is all speed work for Ruck towards the 100 as she isn’t a pure sprinter like the Aussies. However, I kinda wish she had dropped the 50 free to lighten the load for tomorrow and, in my opinion, given her form, the priority should be… Read more »