2018 Commonwealth Games: Day 6 Finals Live Recap

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

We’re on to the final session of swimming at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Today’s finals session includes the women’s 400 free, men’s 50 free, women’s 50 back, men’s 200 IM, women’s S8 50 free, men’s S9 100 back, men’s 1500 free, and the men’s and women’s 400 medley relays.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

  • CG record: Lauren Boyle, 4:04.47 (2014)

Aussie distance standout Ariarne Titmus smashed the Games Record here, dominating the race in 4:00.93. That swim makes Titmus the 6th fastest performer in history and the 3rd fastest performer in textile. Titmus flipped in a quick 1:58.86 at the halfway mark, stretching out her lead through the back half to win by nearly 5 seconds.

All-Time Top 10 Performers:

1 Katie Ledecky 3:56.46
2 Federica Pellegrini 3:59.15
3 Joanne Jackson 4:00.60
4 Leah Smith 4:00.65
5 Rebecca Adlington 4:00.79
6 Ariarne Titmus 4:00.93
7 Camille Muffat 4:01.13
8 Jazz Carlin 4:01.23
9 Li Bingjie 4:01.75
10 Allison Schmitt 4:01.77

Rounding out the medals were England’s Holly Hibbott (4:05.31) and Eleanor Faulkner (4:07.35).

MEN’S 50 FREE

Ben Proud was just .05 shy of his time from the semis, racing to a 21.35 for the gold. Proud is still the fastest man in the world this year by far with his 21.30 from last night. South African sprinter Brad Tandy was just shy of his semis time as well, touching in 21.81 to clip Aussie Cam McEvoy (21.92) for the silver.

WOMEN’S 50 BACK

Emily Seebohm (AUS), Kylie Masse (CAN), and Georgia Davies (WAL) were stroke-for-stroke down the stretch, but Seebohm took a slight edge in 27.78 to out-touch Masse (27.82). Davis followed closely in 27.90, clipping Australia’s Holly Barratt (27.96) for bronze.

MEN’S 200 IM

  • CG record: Daniel Tranter, 1:57.83 (2014)

Australia’s Clyde Lewis took off with the early lead, but fellow Aussie Mitch Larkin pulled up quickly on the backstroke leg. Scottish IMer Duncan Scott started to close in on Larking on the breast leg, but Larkin was able to get the job done as he won in 1:57.67, a new Games Record, to Scott’s 1:57.86. Lewis held on for 3rd in 1:58.18, followed by Scottish IMer Mark Szaranek (1:59.24).

WOMEN’S S8 50 FREE

Australia’s Lakeisha Patterson raced to gold in 30.14, coming within a few tenths of the World Record. A pair of Canadians, Morgan Bird (32.03) and Abigail Tripp (32.49), rounded out the podium, while Australia’s Tiffany Thomas Kane was just shy of the podium at 4th place in 35.40.

MEN’S S9 100 BACK

It was an Aussie podium sweep in the S9 100 back. Brenden Hall led the way, using his back-half speed to go from 4th at the halfway mark to 1st at the finish in 1:04.73. Timothy Hodge, who had the early lead, held on for a close 2nd in 1:04.99. Logan Powell picked up the bronze in 1:05.29.

MEN’S 1500 FREE

  • CG record: Kieren Perkins, 14:41.66 (1994)

Jack McLoughlin (AUS) and Daniel Jervis (WAL) battled closely for the gold. McLoughlin picked up the lead early on as he flipped ahead at the 100. Fellow Aussie Mack Horton pulled into 2nd after the 200 and stayed within tenths of McLoughlin as the approached the 800. Jervis picked up the pace, moving into 2nd with 300 to go. He tried to chase down McLoughlin down the final stretch, but came up short as McLoughlin won in 14:47.09 to Jervis’ 14:48.67. Horton wound up 3rd in 14:51.05.

WOMEN’S 4X100 MEDLEY RELAY

  • CG record: Australia, 3:56.23 (2014)

Australia downed the Games Record as they hit the wall in 3:54.36. Emily Seebohm led them off with a 59.52 as they trailed the Canadians, who got a 59.02 from Kylie Masse. Kierra Smith (1:06.68) kept Canada in the lead through breast, but butterflier Emma McKeon (56.42) started to close the gap for Australia. Bronte Campbell finished the job with a blistering 51.57 anchor split.

MEN’S 4X100 MEDLEY RELAY

  • CG record: England, 3:31.51 (2014)

It was Australia on top again with Mitch Larkin leading off in 53.14. England fought back, however, with a 57.64 breast split from Adam Peaty to take the lead. James Guy put up a 50.95 fly split to slightly extend England’s lead, but Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers hammered home in 47.25 to give the Aussies the win in 3:31.02 and a new Games Record. Ben Proud anchored for England in 47.93 as they touched in 3:31.13 for silver. The fastest fly split of the field today was a 50.10 from South Africa’s Chad Le Clos.

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Oceanian
3 years ago

Hooray

Pombear
3 years ago

4:00.93 for Titmus!

xyz
3 years ago

Titmus 4:00:93

Anon
3 years ago

4:00:93 for Titmus. I wonder if she could have gotten close to the 4min mark if she hadn’t had to swim 800 every day for the last 3 days. Bad scheduling by the com games organisers to put 800 and 400m back to back

Nlm78
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

She definitely said after her heat swim this morning that she didn’t get a lot of sleep as a result of it being held last night.

CMSWIM
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

I thought they used the same/extremely similar scheduling at all international meets i.e. Comm Games/Worlds/Olympics. So annoying.

SchoolingFTW
Reply to  CMSWIM
3 years ago

Swimming events at Olympics and World Championship run for 8 days, it’s 6 days in the CWG. There had to be some compromises made.

Anon
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

200m free was Day 1. They could have done the 800m on day 3/4 to give the freestyle swimmers a break on day 2 and 5

Troy
Reply to  CMSWIM
3 years ago

Worlds and Olympics are over 8 days. This was only 6. The events aren’t exactly the same tho.

SchoolingFTW
Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

It’s the same events as in the Olympics.

Coach John
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

*old olympics… let’s not forget the double distance and mixed relays now.

mcgillrocks
Reply to  Coach John
3 years ago

I try to forget though…

Nlm78
3 years ago

Titmus smashes her PB and got so damn close to that 4 min mark!

Troy
Reply to  Nlm78
3 years ago

Only a matter of time.

Rafael
Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

Pan Pacs titmus vs Ledecky and Leah? Too bad Bingjie will be at Asian Games

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Great racing for them this summer – can’t wait to see that

Spotted Zebra
Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

Outstanding double meaning (re. “Only a matter of time”) 😀

SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

Looks like Titmus is the real deal. She could have gone a bit faster in the first 50.
Her 800 should have been faster though.

SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

What’s Titmus 400 free ranking in textile?
Ledecky, and then Smith?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

6th overall

Oceanian
3 years ago

Titmus has many more PBs coming soon (in many events) hopefully.

Robbos
Reply to  Oceanian
3 years ago

One special swimmer, Timus is.

brett davies
Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

I reckon that come 2020 in TOKYO she will give Ledecky tough competition-who knows she might even manage an upset victory

Jem
Reply to  brett davies
3 years ago

uhuh

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

Nope. Lol no. Right?…. Nah, Ledecky will be back in form by 2020.

Caleb
Reply to  brett davies
3 years ago

If Ledecky is still slumping in the 3:58s, maybe she’s vulnerable. None of these rivals (yet) have shown a hint of getting down to 3:56.

Pvdh
Reply to  Caleb
3 years ago

None of her “rivals” have hinted at being 3:58 lol. They’re still 3 seconds off at the closest.

Robbos
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Ledecky is a freak, 3.56 is just out of this world. The other girls are closing fast, but Ledecky is also a racer, she loves a challenge.

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