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
- Meet Schedule + Results
- Live Stream (Canada)
- Live Stream (US)
- Live Stream (Australia)
In one of the most thrilling races of tonight’s final session in Gold Coast, Australia, Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa denied Englishman Adam Peaty his 2nd gold medal of these Commonwealth Games Championships.
Having already captured gold in the 100m breaststroke in a Games Record-setting time, Peaty completed a 4-year winning streak in that event and appeared primed to race away with the 50m sprint gold as well. But, 29-year-old Van der Burgh had other plans, as the 2012 Olympic champion crushed a winning time of 26.58 to hold off Peaty by just .04 of a second. Rapidly improving James Wilby of England took the bronze in 27.37.
“It was a great race. Credit to Van der Burgh,” Peaty told BBC Sport after the race. “I’ve been off my best all week. Even though it’s a silver, I’m more happy with that silver than I was the gold the other day.
“It gives me a reality check. Even if you are the best in the world, world record holder, you can still be beaten. I think that’s the most valuable lesson from today.
“In April I’m never this fast so I’ll take it as a positive and move on to the Europeans.”
The pair are used to battling it out all the way to the wall, as this same result transpired at the 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games. In that year, VDB took the gold in a then-Games Record-setting time of 26.78, with Peaty touching just .02 behind in 26.76. In that race, too, both men were the only competitors to dip under the 27-second threshold.
Despite holding the World Record in this 50m breaststroke with the 25.95 he threw down for gold in Budapest at last year’s World Championships, Peaty has proven before that he is indeed mortal in this event. At last year’s European Short Course Championships, Peaty was beaten down to a 3rd place finish.