2018 Commonwealth Games: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap


Prelims for day five of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will consist of the men’s 200 back, women’s 50 back, men’s 50 free, women’s SB9 100 breast, men’s S7 50 free, and women’s 200 fly.


  • CG record: James Goddard, England 1:55.58 (2010)
  1. Martin Binedell, 1:57.92
  2. Mitch Larkin, 1:57.99
  3. Bradley Woodward, 1:58.41
  4. Luke Greenbank, 1:58.54
  5. Joshua Beaver, 1:58.73
  6. Markus Thormeyer, 1:59.68
  7. Xavier Castelli, 2:00.08
  8. Craig McNally, 2:00.26

South Africa’s Martin Binedell qualifies first through to the final tonight, just ahead of Aussie Mitch Larkin (1:57.99) with his 1:57.92.

Bradley Woodward, also from Australia, grabbed third this morning (1:58.41) ahead of England’s Luke Greenbank (1:58.54).


  • CG record: Georgia Davies, Wales 27.56 (2014)
  1. Emily Seebohm, 27.63
  2. Georgia Davies, 27.91
  3. Kylie Masse, 27.99
  4. Kathleen Dawson, 28.17
  5. Cassie Wild, 28.31
  6. Holly Barratt, 28.49
  7. Minna Atherton, 28.50
  8. Alexia Zevnik, 28.75
  9. Lucy Hope, 28.77
  10. Bobbi Gichard, 28.81
  11. Jade Hannah, 28.82
  12. Naomi Ruele, 29.18
  13. Danielle Hill, 29.27
  14. Anna Maine, 29.29
  15. Erin Gallagher, 29.38
  16. Harriet West, 29.46

It took a 29.46 to qualify through to the semifinals, with 11 women breaking 29 seconds and the top 3 breaking 28.

Emily Seebohm just missed Georgia Davies‘ meet record with her 27.63 this morning, as Davies touched in 27.91 for the second fastest time of prelims. Canada’s Kylie Masse was 27.99 for third, ahead of two Scottish women: Kathleen Dawson (28.17) and Cassie Wild (28.31).


  1. Ben Proud, 21.45
  2. Brad Tandy, 21.78
  3. Cameron McEvoy, 22.06
  4. James Roberts, 22.11
  5. Thomas Fannon, 22.12
  6. James Magnussen, 22.23
  7. David Cumberlidge, 22.25
  8. Daniel Hunter, 22.32
  9. Yuri Kisil, 22.40
  10. Jack Thorpe, 22.48
  11. Bradley Vincent, 22.50
  12. Calum Bain, 22.53
  13. Matthew Abeysinghe, 22.65
  14. Scott McLay, 22.79
  15. Ruslan Gaziev, 22.80
  16. Sam Perry, 22.93

Ben Proud of England took down his own Games record in the 50 free this morning, blasting a 21.45, just .12 off of his lifetime best. Only one other swimmers broke 22 seconds here, which was South Africa’s Brad Tandy. Tandy rattled Roland Schoeman’s 21.67 national record, a mark that Schoeman hit in 2008 and 2013.

The Aussie sprinters Cameron McEvoy (22.06), James Roberts (22.11) and James Magnussen (22.23) qualified through in 3rd, 4th, and 6th. 5th this morning was England’s Thomas Fannon in 22.12.


  1. Sophie Pascoe, 1:17.92
  2. Paige Leonhardt, 1:19.87
  3. Madeleine Scott, 1:21.31
  4. Sarah Girard, 1:25.07
  5. Katarina Roxon, 1:25.75
  6. Jasmine Greenwood, 1:26.61
  7. Toni Shaw, 1:29.94

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe was well ahead of the field this morning in the SB9 100 breast, clocking a time of 1:17.92.

Australian Paige Leonhardt finished second with a 1:19.87, the only other finisher faster than 1:20.

All seven women have qualified for tonight’s final.


  1. Matthew Levy, 28.68
  2. Christian Sadie, 29.54
  3. Wei Soong Toh, 30.35
  4. Jean-Michel Lavalliere 30.37
  5. Rohan Bright, 30.86
  6. Matthew Haanappel, 30.92

Matthew Levy of Australia finished on top this morning in the men’s S7 50 free prelims, posting a time of 28.68. Christian Sadie of South Africa was also under 30 this morning in 29.54.

All six men will qualify to race in tonight’s final.


  • CG record: Jessicah Schipper, Australia 2:06.09 (2006)
  1. Alys Thomas, 2:07.72
  2. Laura Taylor, 2:08.43
  3. Mabel Zavaros, 2:08.71
  4. Emma McKeon, 2:09.55
  5. Brianna Throssell, 2:09.93
  6. Charlotte Atkinson, 2:09.95
  7. Laura Stephens, 2:11.18
  8. Emily Large, 2:11.35

Alys Thomas of Wales was the clear leader this morning, using a strong back half to finish at 2:07.72, with Australia’s Laura Taylor in 2nd at 2:08.43

Canada’s Mabel Zavaros hung on for third in 2:08.71, with Emma McKeon fourth at 2:09.55.

Heat 1 came down to the final stroke, as Australia’s Brianna Throssell just touched out Charlotte Atkinson of Isle of Man, 2:09.93 to 2:09.95.

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2 years ago

He’s big,
He’s Proud,
His fly was disallowed,

He’s ripped,
He’s mad,
He would have beaten Chad,

He’s back,
It’s on,
He’ll go sub twenty one
(He’ll go sub twenty ooooooone twenty one twenty one, twenty one twenty one twenty one ooooh)

Reply to  PeatyPiper
2 years ago

PVDH your cue to start bringing up Dressel.

Reply to  PeatyPiper
2 years ago

Looks like he’s in your head so much, I didn’t even have to bring him up. Living there rent free

Philip Johnson
Reply to  PeatyPiper
2 years ago

When we’re talking about sprinters how could we not bring him up?

Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Hence my invitation to do so!

Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Hard to argue with, at last year world championship, he has taken over from Phelps as the main male swimmer in the world. This from an Aussie & huge Mcevoy fan

40 Flat
Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

Not sure why you would even publicly say that you’re a fan of the biggest choke artist in swimming.

Reply to  40 Flat
2 years ago

still fastest textile 100 free ever with the nicest technique plus he also seems to be a down to earth guy.

Reply to  ITR
2 years ago

Needs to drop distance program and focus more sprint.

Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

Maybe Cam needs less middle distance 4/200 program and go more sprint.?

Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Gotta be tough on those backstrokers swimming out with the sun blazing.

Sean Sullivan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

For Australians and those from the Caribbean it’s probably not an issue. The Brits, Scots, and Canadians is another story.

2 years ago

British commentators just said qualifying for 50 back semis for women was faster than 50 back for men.

Reply to  PeatyPiper
2 years ago

Men’s 50 breast was faster than men’s 50 back top 16 time aswell apparently.

40 Flat
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

If I’m ever feeling down at least I’ll know I could make semis in the 50 back at the commonwealth games.

Bill G
Reply to  PeatyPiper
2 years ago

No Canadian, English or Kiwi entrants in the men’s 50m backstroke.

Reply to  PeatyPiper
2 years ago

29.46 to qualify for semis for the women. It took 29.96 for the men.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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