2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
- Thursday, April 5th – Tuesday, April 10th (swimming)
- Optus Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
- Prelims at 10:30am local (8:30pm previous night EDT)
- Finals at 7:30pm local (5:30am EDT)
- Official Commonwealth Games website
Although we’re awaiting the official heat sheets for Thursday’s Commonwealth Games swimming events, we can at least be teased with revised entry lists on the official Commonwealth Games website. Most of the events for day 1 remain unchanged, including the men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 400m IM, men’s 50m fly, women’s 50m breast, and men’s 100m back. However, there is a glaring absence noted in the men’s 200m breaststroke, as England’s Adam Peaty is no longer listed among the entrants.
Competing against the likes of Scotland’s Ross Murdoch, Australia’s Matt Wilson and his own countryman Andrew Willis, Peaty was not expected to stand atop the podium in this longer distance. However, as the 23-year-old has said post-Rio he’d like to explore the 200m more in his quest to earn at least 50 international medals by the time his career is said and done, it would have been very enlightening to see Peaty go up against some stacked competition on an intentional stage in the event.
For the women, Jazz Carlin is not listed among the women’s 200m freestyle entrants. She will still be tackling the longer freestyle events, but was a viable minor medal prospect, if not at least the top 5 in this event. Still representing Wales in the event is 7th seeded Kathryn Greenslade and 12th seeded Ellena Jones.