2018 Commonwealth Games: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


The third preliminary session on the Gold Coast will feature five individual events, with the men’s 200 fly, 50 back and 100 free, and the women’s 200 breast and 50 fly. We’ll also see para events in the men’s SB8 100 breast and women’s SM10 200 IM.

Of note, we’ll see South African Chad Le Clos, who won gold in the 50 fly on day 2, tackle both the 200 fly and 100 free heats. Other swimmers in action include Cate Campbell in the 50 fly, Mitch Larkin in the 50 back, and Kyle Chalmers in the 100 freestyle.

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  1. Mack Darragh, Canada, 1:56.96
  2. David Morgan, Australia, 1:57.42
  3. Duncan Scott, Scotland, 1:57.64
  4. Chad Le Clos, South Africa, 1:57.89
  5. Grant Irvine, Australia, 1:57.91
  6. Lewis Clareburt, New Zealand, 1:58.32
  7. Jacob Peters, England, 1:58.42
  8. James Guy, England, 1:58.43

Amid the big names it was Canada’s Mack Darragh who emerged with the top seed heading into the final of the men’s 200 fly, as he topped heat 2 in 1:56.96. Following him in the heat were Duncan ScottChad Le Clos and James Guy, who all made it through to the final. Scott and Le Clos sit 3rd and 4th, while Guy ended up 8th, though he was well clear of the 9th place swimmer.

The 1st heat saw Australians David Morgan (1:57.42) and Grant Irvine (1:57.91) go 1-2, advancing through to the final in 2nd and 5th. New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt and England’s Jacob Peters also qualified for the final from heat 1.

Women’s 200 Breast Prelims

  • CG Record: 2:20.72, Leisel Jones (AUS), 2006
  1. Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa, 2:23.57
  2. Taylor McKeown, Australia, 2:25.04
  3. Chloe Tutton, Wales, 2:25.08
  4. Kierra Smith, Canada, 2:25.33
  5. Molly Renshaw, England, 2:25.55
  6. Tessa Wallace, Australia, 2:26.86
  7. Kaylene Corbett, South Africa, 2:27.68
  8. Hannah Miley, Scotland, 2:28.01

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker takes the top seed into tonight’s women’s 200 breast final after winning the 3rd and final heat in a time of 2:23.57. It was a new personal best for her, and narrowly misses the African Record by three tenths of a second.

Molly Renshaw took 2nd in the heat in 2:25.55, getting her through to the final in 5th, while Hannah Miley took 3rd to squeak in in 8th. Taylor McKeown and Chloe Tutton had a tight battle in heat 2, with McKeown (2:25.04) coming out on top by .04. They head in 2nd and 3rd, while heat 1 winner Kierra Smith (2:25.33) sits 4th.

Among those missing the final were Australia’s Georgia Bohl (2:28.90) and England’s Jocelyn Ulyett (2:29.54). Ulyett was the top seed coming into the meet with her 2:22.08 from the 2017 British Championships.

Men’s SB8 100 Breast

  1. Timothy Disken, Australia, 1:13.87
  2. Timothy Hodge, Australia, 1:17.02
  3. Blake Cochrane, Australia, 1:19.81
  4. Jesse Reynolds, New Zealand, 1:21.82
  5. Celyn Edwards, New Zealand, 1:25.06
  6. Jacob Leach, England, 1:26.17
  7. Kaleb van der Merwe, South Africa, 1:28.26
  8. Philippe Vachon, Canada, 1:30.28

The Australians qualified 1-2-3 in the men’s SB8 100 breast, led by Timothy Disken in 1:13.87. Timothy Hodge and Blake Cochrane sit 2nd and 3rd.

Women’s SM10 200 IM

  1. Sophie Pascoe, New Zealand, 2:27.26
  2. Aurelie Rivard, Canada, 2:32.90
  3. Paige Leonhardt, Australia, 2:34.29
  4. Katherine Downie, Australia, 2:35.49
  5. Jasmine Greenwood, Australia, 2:37.44
  6. Toni Shaw, Scotland, 2:38.60
  7. Samantha Ryan, Canada, 2:44.23
  8. Katarina Roxon, Canada, 2:45.77

World record holder Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand easily took the top spot in the women’s SM10 200 IM prelims, posting a time of 2:27.26. Canadian Aurelie Rivard won heat 1 and advanced in 2nd in 2:32.90. Australians Paige LeonhardtKatherine Downie and Jasmine Greenwood sit 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Men’s 50 Back Prelims

  • CG Record: 24.62, Liam Tancock (ENG), 2010
  1. Zac Incerti, Australia, 25.05
  2. Mitch Larkin, Australia, 25.32
  3. Ben Treffers, Australia, 25.52
  4. Conor Ferguson, Northern Ireland, 25.79
  5. Jian Han Tern, Malaysia, 25.83
  6. Xavier Castelli, Wales, 25.91
  7. Harry Shalamon, Jersey, 26.08
  8. Craig McNally, Scotland, 26.11
  9. Srihari Nataraj, India, 26.47
  10. Tom Hollingsworth, Guernsey, 26.78
  11. Akalanka Peiris, Sri Lanka, 26.83
  12. Haseeb Tariq, Pakistan, 27.39
  13. Erico Cuna, Mozambique, 28.03
  14. Jordan Gonzalez, Gibraltar, 28.19
  15. Alexandros Axiotis, Zambia, 28.77
  16. Dillon Gooding, St Vincent, 29.96

The three Australians each picked up a heat win to take the top three seeds into the semis of the men’s 50 back, led by Zac Incerti in 25.05. 100m winner Mitch Larkin sits 2nd in 25.32, and Ben Treffers is 3rd at 25.52.

Northern Ireland’s Conor Ferguson is 4th, and Jian Han Tern of Malaysia and Xavier Castelli of Wales were the other two to get under 26 seconds.

Women’s 50 Fly Prelims

  • CG Record: 25.20, Francesca Halsall (ENG), 2014
  1. Madeline Groves, Australia, 25.81
  2. Cate Campbell, Australia, 25.83
  3. Penny Oleksiak, Canada, 25.95
  4. Holly Barratt, Australia, 26.14
  5. Rebecca Smith, Canada, 26.65
  6. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, 26.91
  7. Alys Thomas, Wales, 26.95
  8. Erin Gallagher, South Africa, 27.05
  9. Harriet Jones, Wales / Helena Gasson, New Zealand, 27.10
  10. Harriet West, Wales, 27.41
  11. Ting Wen Quah, Singapore, 27.44
  12. Emma Chelius, South Africa, 27.55
  13. Charlotte Atkinson, IOM, 27.72
  14. Emily Siobhan Muteti, Kenya, 28.46
  15. Elodie Poo Cheong, Mauritius, 28.63

Just like the men’s 50 back, an Australian won each of the three circle-seeded heats in the women’s 50 fly. Madeline Groves won heat 2, edging out Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, as they posted times of 25.81 and 25.95. Cate Campbell ripped a 25.81 in the last heat, giving her the top seed for the semis with Groves and Oleksiak 2nd and 3rd. Holly Barratt won the first circle-seeded heat to sit 4th in 26.14.

Rebecca Smith of Canada, Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Alys Thomas of Wales also cracked 27 seconds to qualify 5th, 6th and 7th.

Men’s 100 Free Prelims

  • CG Record: 47.98, Brent Hayden (CAN), 2010
  1. Kyle Chalmers, Australia, 48.81
  2. Jack Cartwright, Australia, 48.85
  3. Dylan Carter, Trinidad, 48.96
  4. Duncan Scott, Scotland, 48.99
  5. Yuri Kisil, Canada, 49.06
  6. Matthew Abeysinghe, Sri Lanka, 49.11
  7. Chad Le Clos, South Africa, 49.17
  8. Cameron McEvoy, Australia, 49.20
  9. Markus Thormeyer, Canada, 49.41
  10. Calum Jarvis, Wales / Daniel Hunter, New Zealand, 49.65
  11. Jordan Sloan, Northern Ireland, 49.72
  12. David Cumberlidge, England, 49.77
  13. Matthew Stanley, New Zealand, 49.79
  14. Jack Thorpe, Scotland, 49.82
  15. Sam Perry, New Zealand, 49.90

Last night’s 200m winner Kyle Chalmers of Australia roared home in the final heat of the men’s 100 freestyle, splitting 23.9/24.9 to run down Dylan Carter and Duncan Scott to win the heat and take the top seed into the semi-finals. Chalmers was 48.81, with Carter (48.96) and Scott (48.99) sitting 3rd and 4th.

Jack Cartwright won the first circle-seeded heat in 48.85, putting him 2nd overall, with heat 7 winner Yuri Kisil (49.06) of Canada sitting 5th. Sri Lanka’s Matthew Abeysinghe was among those who impressed, taking the #6 spot at 49.11.

Other notable names advancing include Chad Le ClosCameron McEvoyMarkus Thormeyer and Sam PerryBradley Vincent of Mauritius had a great swim from the early heats in 49.93, just missing out on a spot in the semis in 17th.

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3 years ago

Wake me up, a Canadian in lane 4 of a Men’s final. Hopefully Mack wont do the same as Eli and Markus (slower in the final)

Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

Not sure if he’ll go slower but a few guys in that final are definitely going faster, hopefully he can stay up there, he’s a good racer

Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

I know. I needed to look at it several times, making sure I wasn’t hallucinating.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
3 years ago

I’ve never seen Le Clos take it out that relaxed, and come home relaxed.

3 years ago

James Guy is way off. Maybe last year was an over performance? I don’t think he’s prioritizing CGs overs euros or the other way around since they’re so far apart.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

I don’t think it was an over-performance, but he definitely doesnt look anywhere near as good here; Missed taper? That fly didnt look like cruising and it was slower than he was early season.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

He has done a 200 free and 400 free beforehand remember

Reply to  Bon
3 years ago

He had a 400 free and a 200 behind him when hr went 50.6 too, and his 1.43 was after all his individuals. Hr has handled heavy schedules before.

3 years ago


Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Or I want cheer for a country I’m not from. Nor would I consider Peaty culturally relevant lol

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Shakespeare isn’t something that’s obscure enough to gloat and feel superior about.

3 years ago

Not a good meet for Harvey so far… she has the talent but hasn’t shown it this week yet. I’d be intrigued to see how she would go if she joined up with one of the HPC’s

Not the Real Dee
Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

She is a part of hpc-Montreal; however, she typically does underperform at big meets. Hopefully in the coming years she’ll learn to calm her nerves and not psych herself out.

Reply to  Not the Real Dee
3 years ago

HPC-Montreal became para athletes only HPC… she’s been training with the Energy Standard team in Europe for the last year or two

Reply to  Not the Real Dee
3 years ago

Either I have developed dementia very young, or we have an imposter among us…

Reply to  Not the Real Dee
3 years ago

Not for the last 12 months…

Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

Her Montreal tracing Center (while not an HPC but a step removed as an ITP) was shut down on her last year. Hence the move to energy standard.

3 years ago

Excited for Chalmers in the 100 free. Prelude to the “The King vs The Phenom” in Tokyo later this year.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Race of the century!!! All out speed v the train that comes home.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

that 100 free final is gonna be a killer at Pan pacs

3 years ago

I’d like to see Australia throw Cate Campbell into the 4X200 relay. She has easy speed and it was really noticeable how she held it together in the latter part of her swim in the 4X100. After all, Australia’s number three only went a 1.58 high in the individual event. CC i believe has a low 1.58 PB and in my opinion she has the stroke to improve on that. I know Australia will win the relay regardless but they should be looking longer term because after Mckeon and Titmus there’s a big drop-off. They will never have a better opportunity to test her out.

Reply to  straightblackline
3 years ago

It is an intriguing idea…..she did do a time in the trials heats I think…

Reply to  straightblackline
3 years ago

It’s clashing with her Butterfly and Free events tonight so they probably didn’t want to tire her before the 100m heats tomorrow.

They just said there will be a swim off between Throssell (who chose not to contest the swim off in the 100m free relay to focus on the butterfly instead), Neale and Sheridan for places in the relay. While Titmus and McKeon have protected spots.

Reply to  nlm78
3 years ago

They can have Maddie Groves or Brianna Thorsell on the relay too

Miss M
Reply to  straightblackline
3 years ago

Cate was 9th at trials … not worth the risk. Brianna Throssel’s instagram story makes me think she’s swimming tonight.

Sean Sullivan
Reply to  straightblackline
3 years ago

I don’t think she really wants to devote training and energy to the 200. When you swim on your team’s relay you fell an obligation to perform to the absolute best of your ability and that would probably involve practice time devoted to the 200. Sarah Sojstrom talked about how incredibly hard training the 50 up to the 200 was in 2016, and as soon as she gave up the 200 focus he 50 and 100 times dropped quite a bit. Australia needs to have someone else step up.

Reply to  straightblackline
3 years ago

Four years ago was the time for Cate to be blooded in 4x2s. It won’t happen now.

3 years ago

Schoenmaker has quietly had a great meet so far, good news for the South African women

Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

Agree; Her 100 could be tough to beat.

About James Sutherland

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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