2018 Commonwealth Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


The 4th finals session from the Gold Coast will feature eight different events with a medal on the line, in addition to four rounds of semi-finals and a pair of para event finals.

Completing an individual double this morning will be both Taylor Ruck of Canada and Chad Le Clos of South Africa, as Ruck takes on the 200 back final and 100 free semis, and Le Clos the men’s 100 free final and 100 fly semis.

Women’s 200 Back Final

  1. Kylie Masse, Canada, 2:05.98
  2. Taylor Ruck, Canada, 2:06.42
  3. Emily Seebohm, Australia, 2:06.82

Canadians Taylor Ruck and Kylie Masse established themselves as the early leaders in the women’s 200 back final, with Ruck flipping with a slight advantage at the 100m mark in 1:01.31 to Masse’s 1:01.39. Masse edged ahead coming home, coming within .01 of her own best time and Canadian Record to win gold in 2:05.98. She also breaks Belinda Hocking‘s meet record from 2014 of 2:07.24.

Ruck was right there the whole time, holding off a hard charging Emily Seebohm to take silver in 2:06.42. Seebohm won bronze in 2:06.82, with her teammate Kaylee McKeown 4th in 2:07.86. The third Canadian and Aussie representatives Hilary Caldwell (2:09.22) and Hayley Baker (2:11.28) were 5th and 6th.

Men’s 100 Free Final

  • CG Record: 47.98, Brent Hayden (CAN), 2010
  1. Duncan Scott, Scotland, 48.02
  2. Chad Le Clos, South Africa / Kyle Chalmers, Australia, 48.15

In an incredibly tight final, Australian Cameron McEvoy and South African Chad Le Clos got out real fast in the men’s 100 freestyle, both flipping in 22.8. The likes of Duncan Scott and Kyle Chalmers roared home on the second 50, running them down, and as we came to the touch it was anyone’s race. At the wall it was Scotland’s Scott, home in 24.65, to win the gold in 48.02.

Le Clos was silver in a best time of 48.15, tying with the Aussie Chalmers who closed in 24.68. McEvoy (48.44) ended up 4th, and Trinidad’s Dylan Carter was right there for 5th in 48.60. Jack Cartwright (48.62) and Yuri Kisil (48.80) were also under 49.

Women’s 100 Free Semi-Finals

  1. Cate Campbell, Australia, 52.64
  2. Taylor Ruck, Canada, 53.05
  3. Bronte Campbell, Australia, 53.46
  4. Shayna Jack, Australia, 53.58
  5. Kayla Sanchez, Canada, 54.18
  6. Penny Oleksiak, Canada, 54.34
  7. Erin Gallagher, South Africa, 54.38
  8. Anna Hopkin, England, 55.17

Shortly after winning silver in the 200 back, Taylor Ruck was back in action again in the women’s 100 free semis. Ruck had a very impressive swim, coming within a tenth of her best time to win the first semi-final in 53.05. Australian Shayna Jack (53.58) and Ruck’s teammate Penny Oleksiak (54.34) took 2nd and 3rd in the heat.

Defending champ Cate Campbell answered Ruck’s swim in the second semi, breaking the Games Record in a time of 52.64. She was followed by sister Bronte Campbell in 53.46, and Canada’s Kayla Sanchez got in for 3rd in 54.18.

The Australians qualify 1st, 3rd and 4th, with Ruck sitting 2nd. Canadians Sanchez and Oleksiak sit 5th and 6th, while South African Erin Gallagher and England’s Anna Hopkin round out the finalists. Notably missing the final was Hopkin’s teammate Freya Anderson, who was 9th in 55.28.

Men’s 50 Breast Semi-Finals

  1. Adam Peaty, England, 26.49
  2. Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa, 26.95
  3. James Wilby, England, 27.41
  4. Jake Packard, Australia, 27.55
  5. Michael Houlie, South Africa, 27.63
  6. James McKechnie, Australia, 27.67
  7. Euan Inglis, Scotland, 27.85
  8. Bradley Tandy, South Africa, 27.99

England’s Adam Peaty had an impressive swim in the second semi of the men’s 50 breast, lowering his Games record (set opening the 100) in 26.49. His teammate James Wilby continued his impressive showing here to take 2nd in the heat in 27.41, and Australian Jake Packard was 3rd. They ultimately qualify 1st, 3rd and 4th for the final, and South Africans Michael Houlie and Bradley Tandy also qualified out of the heat. Tandy went 27.99 to slip past Craig Benson‘s 28.00 from the first semi to get 8th.

Cameron van der Burgh won the first semi to qualify 2nd overall in 26.95, making it three South Africans in the final. James McKechnie of Australia and Euan Inglis took 2nd and 3rd in the heat to qualify 6th and 7th.

Men’s SM8 200 IM Final

  1. Jesse Aungles, Australia, 2:30.77
  2. Blake Cochrane, 2:32.72
  3. Philippe Vachon, Canada, 2:34.03

Jesse Aungles won the SM8 200 IM final in 2:30.77, with teammate Blake Cochrane making it a 1-2 for Australia in 2:32.72. Canada’s Philippe Vachon (2:34.03) placed 3rd.

Women’s S9 100 Free Final

  1. Lakeisha Patterson, Australia, 1:03.02
  2. Alice Tai, England, 1:03.07
  3. Ellie Cole, Australia, 1:03.36

In an insanely close race, Lakeisha Patterson of Australia pulled out the win in the Women’s S9 100 free in a time of 1:03.02. Alice Tai of England was just .05 back in 1:03.07, and her teammate Ellie Cole was 3rd in 1:03.36. Patterson, an S8 swimmer, was impressively competing a classification up in this race.

Men’s 100 Fly Semi-Finals

  1. Grant Irvine, Australia, 51.87
  2. James Guy, England, 52.34
  3. David Morgan, Australia, 52.48
  4. Chad Le Clos, South Africa, 52.56
  5. Calum Jarvis, Wales, 53.33
  6. Sean Campsie, Scotland / Jacob Peters, Wales, 53.40
  7. Josiah Binnema, Canada, 53.41

Australians Grant Irvine and David Morgan went 1-2 in the first semi of the men’s 100 fly, taking the 1st and 3rd spots into tomorrow’s final in times of 51.87 and 52.48 respectively. Calum Jarvis (53.33) of Wales was 3rd, and Jacob Peters and Sean Campsie tied for 4th in 53.40. With a swim-off potentially coming, they managed to avoid it as they tied for 6th.

James Guy won the second semi in 52.34, followed by Chad Le Clos as they advance in 2nd and 4th. Canadian Josiah Binnema nabbed the 8th spot in 53.41, edging out teammate Mack Darragh (53.43).

Women’s 100 Breast Semi-Finals

  • CG Record: 1:05.09, Leisel Jones (AUS), 2006
  1. Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa, 1:06.65
  2. Georgia Bohl, Australia, 1:07.13
  3. Faith Knelson, Canada, 1:07.30
  4. Kierra Smith, Canada, 1:07.64
  5. Leiston Pickett, Australia, 1:07.31
  6. Jessica Hansen, Australia, 1:07.93
  7. Sarah Vasey, England, 1:08.50
  8. Chloe Tutton, Wales, 1:08.54

200 breast champ Tatjana Schoenmaker handily takes the top seed into tomorrow’s 100m final, winning the first semi in a time of 1:06.65. She’ll look to lower Penny Heyns‘ African Record of 1:06.52 in the final. Canadian Kierra Smith and Australian Jessica Hansen were 2nd and 3rd in the heat, qualifying 4th and 6th overall in 1:07.64 and 1:07.93.

Georgia Bohl won the second semi in 1:07.13, qualifying 2nd. 16-year-old Canadian Faith Knelson was 2nd in 1:07.30, qualifying 3rd, and will look to stake her claim over Smith on Canada’s 400 medley relay tomorrow night in the final. Leiston PickettSarah Vasey and Chloe Tutton also made it through, with notable names Jocelyn UlyettRachel Nicol, Molly Renshaw and Alia Atkinson missing out.

Women’s 200 IM Final

  • CG Record: 2:08.21, Siobhan Marie O’Connor (ENG), 2014
  1. Siobhan Marie O’Connor, England, 2:09.80
  2. Sarah Darcel, Canada, 2:11.14
  3. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Canada, 2:11.74

England’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor led wire-to-wire in the women’s 200 IM, successfully defending her title in a time of 2:09.80. Canadians Sarah Darcel and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson both stepped up and swam well, claiming silver and bronze in times of 2:11.14 and 2:11.74.

400 IM champion Aimee Willmott of England was 4th in 2:12.07, and Blair Evans of Australia moved up to 5th in 2:12.76 from lane 8. Hannah Miley came in as the #2 seed from prelims, but was 8th throughout the majority of the race before moving up to 6th at the end in 2:13.29.

Men’s 50 Back Final

  • CG Record: 24.62, Liam Tancock (ENG), 2010
  1. Mitch Larkin, Australia, 24.68
  2. Ben Treffers, Australia, 24.84
  3. Zac Incerti, Australia, 25.06

As anticipated it was a podium sweep for the Australians in the men’s 50 back, led by Mitch Larkin as he wins his second backstroke gold of the meet. He came in at 24.68, just shy of the Games Record. 2014 champ Ben Treffers was 2nd in 24.84, and Zac Incerti was 3rd in 25.06.

The three Aussies were well clear of the field, as 4th went to Xavier Castelli of Wales in 25.44. Conor Ferguson of Northern Ireland took 5th in 25.72, and Jersey’s Harry Shalamon was .01 back for 6th.

Women’s 50 Fly Final

  • CG Record: 25.20, Francesca Halsall (ENG), 2014
  1. Cate Campbell, Australia, 25.59
  2. Holly Barratt, Australia, 25.67
  3. Madeline Groves, Australia, 25.69

Make it two consecutive 1-2-3 sweeps for the Aussies, as they turned the trick in the women’s 50 fly. Cate Campbell won her third gold of the meet in a time of 25.59, edging out teammates Holly Barratt (25.67) and Madeline Groves (25.69).

Canadians Penny Oleksiak (25.88) and Rebecca Smith (26.49) took 4th and 5th, with Alys Thomas of Wales 6th in 26.78.

Men’s 4×200 Free Relay Final

  • CG Record: 7:07.38, Australia, 2014
  1. Australia, 7:05.97
  2. England, 7:08.57
  3. Scotland, 7:09.89

The Australians remain a perfect 4-for-4 in relays, as the men took the 4×200 free in a new Games Record of 7:05.97. They had solid splits all around, as Alexander Graham got them out to the lead early in 1:46.62. Kyle Chalmers lost some ground to Duncan Scott of Scotland, but was still a solid 1:46.47, and then Elijah Winnington unloaded a massive 1:45.97 to really put them out of reach. Mack Horton finished things off in 1:46.93.

Scotland held 2nd most of the way, but a 1:45.24 anchor from James Guy brought England past them for silver. They were 7:08.57 with Cameron Kurle (1:47.63), Nicholas Grainger (1:47.61), Jarvis Parkinson (1:48.09) and Guy.

Scotland settled for 3rd in 7:09.89, with Stephen Milne (1:48.62), Scott (1:44.82), Dan Wallace (1:48.69) and Mark Szaranek (1:47.76). The Canadians were 4th in 7:14.12.

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Megan Keogh
6 years ago

A showstopper for all the wrong reasons in the S9 100 freestyle event with Patterson the controversial S8 swimmer winning the event over the top S9 swimmers in a 1:03 flat. Predicted this would eventually happen years ago, only a matter of time. The underwater footage during the race clearly reflects her ability. Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and cerebral palsy…..come on Aussies, pull the other leg.

Reply to  Megan Keogh
6 years ago

Have to agree. I remember watching the DCMS committee (UK parliament) about integrity in sport, and I’ve just gone back to the report, and sure as hell Patterson came up a lot as an athlete many feel is manipulating classification. It wasnt partisan either, a British swimmer (not at these games) was also mentioned. But, Patterson’s name cropped up a lot, and there seemed to be a lot of evidence provided. Her name comes up in other sources online too; they’re quite easy to find with some simple googling.

Reply to  Dee
6 years ago

And that is the thing that just beggars belief.
The evidence against her is staggering including videos of her clearly cheating in her classification swims.
No more compelling evidence can be provided than this and yet still she is allowed to go on with her fraud.

Megan Keogh
Reply to  Gobsmacked
6 years ago

Parasport has evolved to have more media coverage, glory, sponsorship and funding so there’s so much more for the individual swimmer to gain therefore there’s an increase of swimmers/athletes who are willing to intentionally misrepresent their ability. Until the IPC are willing to get tough with their classification system, have a fairer appeals process and a independant authority that is set up to investigate cases of Intentional misrepresentation where strict penalties are in place like ASADA, Intentional misrepresentation will continue to be an ongoing problem that will eventually destroy the integrity of para sport. The cheaters, the fakers and the ones who slip through the holes will continue to prosper and claim glory with their national bodies protecting them because… Read more »

Reply to  Dee
6 years ago

Would you be able to tell us where we could find that report please?

Reply to  Dee
6 years ago

Dee, link for DCMS report please? Mentioned on here also by Mark. Keen to read thanks.

Reply to  Dinkum
6 years ago

I have posted link already on this thread

Reply to  Megan Keogh
6 years ago

Lakeisha Patterson claims to have Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease which she acquired at 13 years old. The correct medical term is Juvenile Parkinsonism Symptoms.

Lakeisha Patterson claimed to be working with the Fox Foundation. There is absolutely no evidence available to support her PD claim, none. No medical journals, no volunteering work with PD associations etc etc.

She also claims to have Left Hemiplegic Cetebral Palsy. The Cerebral Palsy alliance in Australia have never heard of her, yet she claimed to volunteer with them.

Her classification history lists everything from S7 to NE.

The IPC promised an investigation via 2birds law firm. She was a high priority, it came to nothing. They could find no evidence to support IM.

Reply to  Mark
6 years ago

I have a copy of the report lol
The above post was copied from a thread in 2016

6 years ago

Damn le clos tying the olympic gold medalist in his specialty race. You see le clos does have talent first ever international race in 100 free and ties the olympic gold medalist for silver that’s impressive plus 22.8 to the feet that’s crazy!

Reply to  ReasonableDoubt
6 years ago

Leclos is ( whatever other may say about him and his ways ) very talented – i live the fact he beat out real sprinters . That says a lot about his determination to swim other races than he fly events

6 years ago

I’m a little tired of Kierra Smith’s cap-over-goggles look. It’s nothing personal and I have a ton of respect for her as an athlete. I’m sure that she had a bad experience when she was an age grouper than led to this approach… but it seems really outdated (much like her two-footed start position).

6 years ago

Duncan Scott is an absolute star! What a great performance to win the 100 free. Team GB will win the 4×100 medley relay come Tokyo. I have no doubt they’ll find a breastroker who can swim a high 53 split, and with Peaty and Guy making up the other 2 spots, it’s game over for the rest of the world!!!!!

Reply to  Mark
6 years ago

I think you mean backstroker ….. and 53 high will not be nearly good enough.

6 years ago

Yes when Caleb turned into Superman it changed the game. Really means that GB or anyone else for that matter need a 1 second buffer before the fly. Even if Peaty can put two seconds nto their breaststroker, which doubtful, that still means GB need to be within a second after the backstroke, so 52 high most likely. And that’s assuming Scott can handle which ever new American freestyler comes out of nowhere.

Reply to  Stirlo
6 years ago

Exactly – That medley relay Gold is far from being in the bag for the Brits , 2 years before the Tokyo Games . If there is one thing i learned through the years is : Never bet against a Us medley relay on the Highest level meet there is . Before they find a 52.7 or lower backstroker ( prepared and attuned to the Highest level stage of competition ) , there will be some time .

6 years ago

In the 4X200 the three best splits from England/Scotland were Scott(1.44.82), Guy(1.45.24) and Kurle(1.47.63 lead-off) while Jarvis of Wales went 1.46.53 in the individual 200. Therefore, a Great Britain team would have been expected to swim something like 7.03 high. Australia won this relay in 7.05.97. But then they always had it in the bag. Surely against a strong GBR team Chalmers and Horton would have been much faster than their respective splits of 1.46.47 and 1.46.93 to squeeze out an Australian victory? We’ll never know for certain.

Reply to  straightblackline
6 years ago

A Great Britain team would have smashed them! That’s the long and short of it.

Reply to  Mark
6 years ago

Races are won in the pool, Great Britain must win in the pool when it counts, under pressure

Reply to  Tom
6 years ago

I’m pretty sure he was referring to the current Teann GB not a team that is divided in England and Scotland.

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6 years ago


Reply to  Tom
6 years ago

What are you going on about???? GB are the current 4×200 world champions and olympic silver medalists! I think that indicates they can handle the pressure when it counts.

Reply to  Mark
6 years ago

Yes no doubt, but Aussies are a young team on the rise. Chalmers & Horton both swimming PBs & Winnington who swam 3rd fastest spilt with a 1.45 is only 17 years old. We probably 1 or 2 swimmers short, for some good depth.

6 years ago

What a meet Ruck is having! South Korea Next year and Tokyo watch out!

Reply to  SwimJon
6 years ago

If she wins two more medals (and that’s certainly not out of the question), she’ll be the first Canadian ever to win 8 medals at a single Commonwealth Games.

6 years ago

Chalmers (1:46:47) and Horton (1:46:93) had awful fly start splits for two guys who won gold and silver… Australia was lucky that England and Scotland don’t have the depth because a British team would have beaten them

Reply to  Anon
6 years ago

They likely were fully aware of the depth the other teams had

Reply to  Teddy
6 years ago

wont happen this August – the will have to bring the A game against Japan and Usa

6 years ago

Scott having an amazing day, 48.02 to win the 100, then 1:44.82 on the 200 free relay.

In the end this meets just making me excited for Euros.

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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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