2018 Commonwealth Games: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Day 4 finals are guaranteed to be action packed from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with multiple world records potentially at risk.

Cate CampbellAdam PeatyKylie Masse, and maybe even Emily Seebohm all have a legitimate shot at cracking a world record tonight. Peaty and Masse own the men’s 100 breast and women’s 100 back records, and Masse was within half a second of her mark in the semi-finals. Seebohm will challenge her in that event, while Campbell will shoot for Sarah Sjostrom‘s mark of 23.67 in the 50 free after going 23.88 in the semis.

We’ll also see the men’s 200 fly final, featuring reigning world champ Chad Le Clos, along with British freestyler Duncan Scott and surprise top seed Mack Darragh of Canada. James Guy, who qualified for this final in 8th, has withdrawn due to dehydration. Le Clos and Scott will both double on the night as they’re slated to compete in the 100 free semis later in the session, where Australian Kyle Chalmers is the top seed.

We’ll also have the women’s 200 breast final, semi-final action in the men’s 50 back and women’s 50 fly, and the timed final of the women’s 4×200 free relay.


  1. Chad Le Clos, South Africa, 1:54.00
  2. David Morgan, Australia, 1:56.36
  3. Duncan Scott, Scotland, 1:56.60

Out in typical Chad Le Clos form, the South African was out like a bullet in the men’s 200 fly, leading from start to finish to ultimately win gold in a new Games record of 1:54.00. That gives Le Clos three consecutive Commonwealth titles in the event.

Australian David Morgan held strong throughout to take the silver in 1:56.36, and Duncan Scott ran down Grant Irvine to win the bronze, 1:56.60 to 1:56.91. Jacob Peters of England was 5th in 1:57.75, and top seed from prelims Mack Darragh was 6th in 1:57.81.


  1. Cate Campbell, Australia, 23.78
  2. Bronte Campbell, Australia / Taylor Ruck, Canada, 24.26

Cate Campbell chopped another tenth off her Games record from the semis, winning the gold medal in 23.78. That knocks 0.01 off her existing Commonwealth, Oceanic and Australian Record of 23.79 set earlier this year.

As expected Bronte Campbell won silver in 24.26, but the big surprise was Canadian Taylor Ruck, who tied her to also win silver. Ruck did so breaking the Canadian Record, taking over a tenth off Chantal van Landeghem‘s 2015 mark.

Bronze favorite Shayna Jack ended up 4th in 24.57, with South Africa’s Erin Gallagher 5th in 25.03.


  1. Adam Peaty, England, 58.84
  2. James Wilby, England, 59.43
  3. Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa, 59.44

It wasn’t quite as fast as he would’ve wanted, but England’s Adam Peaty still came away with the gold medal in the men’s 100 breast, posting a time of 58.84. Peaty was just off his Games record of 58.59 from the semis.

200 breast gold medalist James Wilby, Peaty’s English teammate, came home quicker than the world record holder to steal the silver, splitting 27.9/31.4 to clock 59.43. He made up nearly a full second on speedster Cameron van der Burgh coming home, clipping him by .01 as the South African settled for bronze in 59.44.

Australian Jake Packard (59.70) and Scotland’s Ross Murdoch (59.89) also cracked a minute to take 4th and 5th.


  1. Kylie Masse, Canada, 58.63
  2. Emily Seebohm, Australia, 58.66
  3. Taylor Ruck, Canada, 58.97

There was nothing in the women’s 100 back final, with Emily Seebohm flipping just .03 ahead of Kylie Masse at the 50 in 28.38. Masse, known to come home well, charged back and got the Australian at the wall, winning in 58.63. That swim lowers her Games Record of 58.66 set in the semi-finals.

Seebohm equalled that record from the semis, touching in 58.66 for silver. Fresh off a silver and National Record in the 50 free, Taylor Ruck had a huge best time to win bronze in 58.97. She was out about three tenths slower than Masse and Seebohm at the 50 and essentially was able to match them on the way home. She once again lowers her 15-17 Canadian Age Group Record.

Australian Kaylee McKeown was 4th in 1:00.08, and Georgia Davies of Wales was 5th in 1:00.17.


  • CG Record: 24.62, Liam Tancock (ENG), 2010
  1. Mitch Larkin, Australia, 24.91
  2. Ben Treffers, Australia, 24.99
  3. Zac Incerti, Australia, 25.19
  4. Harry Shalamon, Jersey, 25.52
  5. Conor Ferguson, Northern Ireland / Jian Han Tern, Malaysia, 25.60
  6. Xavier Castelli, Wales, 25.74
  7. Craig McNally, Scotland, 26.00

Just like in the heats, the Australian men qualified 1-2-3 in the 50 back and will have a great chance to sweep the podium tomorrow night. Mitch Larkin cracked the 25-second barrier to win the first semi in 24.91, with Northern Ireland’s Conor Ferguson 2nd in 25.60.

Defending champ Ben Treffers followed up by also getting under 25 in the second semi, clocking 24.99 for the #2 seed. Zac Incerti was next at 25.19, and Harry Shalamon of Jersey was 3rd in 25.52. Ferguson ended up tying with Malaysia’s Jian Han Tern for 5th, while Xavier Castelli and Craig McNally also made it through in 7th and 8th.


  • CG Record: 25.20, Francesca Halsall (ENG), 2014
  1. Madeline Groves, Australia, 25.54
  2. Cate Campbell, Australia, 25.56
  3. Holly Barratt, Australia, 25.88
  4. Penny Oleksiak, Canada, 25.94
  5. Rebecca Smith, Canada, 26.68
  6. Alys Thomas, Wales, 26.72
  7. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, 26.84
  8. Erin Gallagher, South Africa, 26.85

Cate Campbell finished off an impressive double after winning the 50 free, topping the first 50 fly semi in a time of 25.56. That is less than a tenth off her own Oceanic record of 25.47. Holly Barratt was also under 26 in 25.88 in that semi, and Alia Atkinson (26.84) and Erin Gallagher (26.85) were 3rd and 4th.

The second semi was even quicker, with Madeline Groves slipping under Campbell’s mark in 25.54. Penny Oleksiak dropped one one-hundredth from her prelim swim for 2nd in 25.94, and her teammate Rebecca Smith was 3rd.

The Australians qualify 1-2-3, and both Atkinson and Gallagher got through in 7th and 8th. Alys Thomas of Wales was 4th in that second semi and advanced in 6th, as it took sub-27 to make the final.


  • CG Record: 47.98, Brent Hayden (CAN), 2010
  1. Cameron McEvoy, Australia, 48.50
  2. Chad Le Clos, South Africa, 48.61
  3. Kyle Chalmers, Australia, 48.70
  4. Duncan Scott, Scotland, 48.72
  5. Jack Cartwright, Australia, 48.73
  6. Yuri Kisil, Canada, 48.79
  7. Dylan Carter, Trinidad, 49.06
  8. Daniel Hunter, New Zealand, 49.11

After a bit of a rocky start to the meet, Cameron McEvoy had a strong performance in the first semi of the men’s 100 free, touching 1st in a time of 48.50. That swim gives him the top seed heading to the final, while Duncan Scott and Jack Cartwright, who were 2nd and 3rd in the heat, advance in 4th and 5th.

The second semi was a bit faster as a whole, with five of the eight finalists coming from it. Chad Le Clos was out fast in 23.15, and held off Kyle Chalmers coming home to win the semi in 48.61. He heads into the final in 2nd, with Chalmers (48.70) sitting 3rd. Yuri KisilDylan Carter and Daniel Hunter (49.11) also advanced from the semi, with Markus Thormeyer (49.22) on the outside looking in in 9th.

With McEvoy looking back on form, Australia has a shot to go 1-2-3, like they did four years ago. However, it will be really tough with such a deep, close field.


  • CG Record: 2:20.72, Leisel Jones (AUS), 2006
  1. Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa, 2:22.02
  2. Molly Renshaw, England, 2:23.28
  3. Chloe Tutton, Wales, 2:23.42

South African Tatjana Schoenmaker continued her impressive showing at the meet, winning gold in the women’s 200 breast in 2:22.02. She took over the lead on the back half, and pulled away to win by 1.26 seconds over England’s Molly Renshaw and Chloe Tutton of Wales. Schoenmaker’s swim knocks over a full second off the African Record.

Renshaw edged out Tutton by just over a tenth, 2:23.28 to 2:23.42 for silver, while Canada’s Kierra Smith was just shy in 4th in 2:23.62. Defending champ Taylor McKeown of Australia settled for 5th in 2:25.51, and her teammate Tessa Wallace was 6th in 2:26.59.


  1. Timothy Disken, Australia, 1:12.42
  2. Timothy Hodge, Australia, 1:15.80
  3. Blake Cochrane, Australia, 1:18.75

The Australians pulled off the 1-2-3 finish in the men’s SB8 100 breast, led by Timothy Disken in 1:12.42. Timothy Hodge was 2nd in 1:15.80, and Blake Cochrane 3rd in 1:18.75.


  1. Sophie Pascoe, New Zealand, 2:27.72
  2. Aurelie Rivard, Canada, 2:31.79
  3. Katherine Downie, Australia, 2:31.81

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe was dominant in winning the women’s SM10 200 IM, clocking 2:27.72. The world record holder wins New Zealand’s first gold of the competition.

Canadian Aurelie Rivard held off Katherine Downie of Australia for silver, 2:31.79 to 2:31.81. Paige Leonhardt and Jasmine Greenwood made it a 3-4-5 finish for the Aussies.


  • CG Record: 7:49.90, Australia, 2014
  1. Australia, 7:48.04
  2. Canada, 7:49.66
  3. England, 7:55.60

The Australians kept their relay streak alive, as the women topped the Canadians in the 4×200 with a new Games Record of 7:48.04. Emma McKeon got them the early lead in 1:56.62, and then Brianna Throssell (1:57.60), Leah Neale (1:58.23) and Ariarne Titmus (1:55.59) never relinquished it.

Titmus had to hold off Taylor Ruck, swimming her third race of the night, who anchored for Canada. Going in down by two seconds, Ruck went for it to bridge the gap, opening with 50 and 100 splits of 25.75 and 54.68. She tired at the end, but still had the fastest split in the field at 1:55.14. Joining her for Canada was Penny Oleksiak (1:58.03), Kayla Sanchez (1:59.30) and Rebecca Smith (1:57.19), as they were 1.6 seconds back in 7:49.66.

England won bronze in 7:55.60, with Eleanor Faulkner (1:58.75 lead-off) and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (1:57.07) producing their fastest splits. Scotland had a 1:58.17 split from Camilla Hattersley as they took 4th in 8:01.56, and Wales was 5th in 8:03.00.

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3 years ago

I love watching Le Clos’ dad watching his son swimming.

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Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

He’s the proudest dad on earth

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

Just an OT post (and then nothing).
Claire Tuggle today afternoon (European time) swam her first sub-2′ in the 200 free LCM: 1.59.11 her winning time at Irish Open and Isabelle Stadden and Phoebe Bacon swam huge times in the 100 back (1.00.06 and 1.00.09 respectively).
No articles?

3 years ago

Darragh makes it 3 for 3 for Canadian men swimming slower in finals

Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

I was thinking the same thing… close to a second slower in the final. A medal was within reach with a slight improvement to his pb.

3 years ago

Well done Le Clos with his 14th CG medal – now what can Cate do?

3 years ago

Suspicion Peaty can do something special with pressure off. The 200 world records show breast sometimes benefits from swimmers just letting it flow.

Reply to  Togger
3 years ago

This was proven to be rubbish. In interviews Peaty seems to be saying it just felt all wrong and he didn’t focus enough on process, no suggestion he’s not tapered or Schooling’d a practice.

3 years ago

C1 doing what C1 does, and what a damn swim by Taylor Ruck, 24.72 PB in semis and now smashing the NR of Chantal Van Landeghem (24.39) with a 24.26 to tie with C2!!!

Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

Ruck’s a beast, expect a new Canadian record in the 100m free. She’s supplanted Oleksiak as Canada’s #1 swimmer (no disrespect to Masse).

Reply to  Canadaman11
3 years ago

Think that new CAN record for W100fr is a fairly safe bet; maybe not a bad idea placing a small wager on her if the odds are favourable. Whilst C1 is swimming and racing well ….. and has to be seen as clear favourite; Ruck does look very dangerous.

Reply to  Canadaman11
3 years ago

It’s too early to say she’s Canada’s best swimmer, but she’s definitely their swimmer of the meet.

3 years ago

Packard’s 4th there prob means gold in the medley relay.

Reply to  Oceanian
3 years ago

Australia’s weakness Breast & fly.

Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

Everybody else’s weakness Back & Free 😉

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3 years ago

Did Peaty not fully taper or something? Cause he doesn’t seem salty about that 58.8. He’s been vocal about wanting to go sub 56


I expect not; He did mention his stroke not feeling right this week yesterday though. Either he just had an off week or he didnt taper; Cant be yout best at every meet.


It’s a fine performance though he looks a bit shaky. In the end, he still win the Gold. That matters more. We can’t expect him to go fast every time.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Buona
3 years ago

He’s come down with a case of “the Schoolings”.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

OL Longhorn, what’s wrong with u? Nothing better to do? I am talking about Peaty and u are here talking rubbish. What i said is reasonable. U can’t expect a top swimmer to swim his/her best time every meet so i don’t find it alarming if Peaty didn’t swim sub 58. You thought sub 58 is easy to swim?

Reply to  Buona
3 years ago

Remember when you accused Dressel of being cocky because he didn’t celebrate after the 100 free because he was exhausted. You have 0 room to talk.

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Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Everyone has a right to voice their opinions.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

@PVDH then you have the room to talk? I am not talking to u anyway so why are u interrupting?

Human Ambition

Look out for him in EC in his home country this year.

3 years ago

Ruck.. wow

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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