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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3 years ago

Aussie Aussie Aussie!!

Reply to  MX3
3 years ago

Can- Can – Can- Aaaahhhhhh- Da-Da-Da!

3 years ago

Wish Ruck had more time between races. That’s. Brutal double

3 years ago

Masse misses her NR by .01, Ruck misses her PB by .06, Canada 1-2

3 years ago

Damn— thought Ruck would win this. Was faster in Atlanta so clearly fatigued. This is important to note going into Tokyo— management of schedule. Obviously she will drop 50 free.

3 years ago

Depends how fast she is at each of them, and how fast the competitors are in each.

3 years ago

Seebohm took it out too slowly, 1.6s at the 150m mark, even with her trademark final 50m it was always going to be too much

3 years ago

She had a heavy schedule in Atlanta as well

Reply to  juddy96
3 years ago

No Relays in Atlanta. Championships way
More intense and require more energy and focus than in season meet.

3 years ago

The blue Ribbon!!!

3 years ago

Even though both Seebohm and Masse have much more muscle mass, Ruck’s underwaters are still equal to them.

As she develops and adds in a college strength programme from October, she could be the prototype for naturally tall, slighter swimmers to develop world class underwaters (Townley, where you at?).

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

Townley’s probably practicing his 4m underwater now.


I hope for him so

3 years ago

Bizarre games this has been for Chalmers.

3 years ago

Wow… Australian favourites losing 100 freestyles at home now? 😉

Le Clos could not have tee’d up Scott any more perfectly.

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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