2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
- Friday, July 29 – Wednesday, August 3, 2022
- Birmingham, England
- Sandwell Aquatic Center
- Start Times
- Prelims: 10:30 am local / 5:30 am ET
- Finals: 7:00 pm local / 2:00 pm ET
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Central
- Event Schedule
- Entry List (PDF)
- Live Results
The finals session on day three of the 2022 Commonwealth Games brings action in the women’s 50 free, men’s 200 fly, women’s 200 breast, men’s 100 breast SB8, women’s 100 back SB8, women’s 100 back, men’s 100 breast, and the women’s 4×200 free relay finals. There will also be action in the semifinals of the men’s 50 back, women’s 50 fly, and men’s 100 free.
The women’s 50 free will be a showdown between Meg Harris, Shayna Jack, and Emma McKeon, the three Aussies that are favored to sweep the podium. Then, the men’s 200 fly will see action between defending champion Chad Le Clos and 400 IM champ Lewis Clareburt. Then, in the 200 breast, we will see if Tatjana Schoenmaker can challenge her own world record after dropping a 2:21.76 swim in the heats.
Kylie Masse and Kaylee McKeown will have a faceoff in the 100 back as the top two seeds, and Adam Peaty will look to reclaim the throne in the 100 breast after missing the World Championships due to a foot injury. Finally, we will conclude the night with the women’s 4×200 free relay, where a stacked Aussie team with the likes of Ariarne Titmus and Mollie O’Callaghan will be racing the clock.
MEN’S 50 BACK SEMIFINALS
- World Record: 23.71 — Hunter Armstrong, United States (2022)
- Commonwealth Record: 24.04 — Liam Tancock, Great Britain (2009)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 24.62 — Liam Tancock, England (2010)
- Pieter Coetze (RSA) — 24.81
- Andrew Jeffcoat (NZL) — 24.82
- Ben Armbruster (AUS) — 25.21
- Bradley Woodward (AUS) — 25.25
- Scott Gibson (SCO)/Javier Acevedo (CAN) — 25.29
- Joe Small (WAL) — 25.36
- Srihari Nataraj (IND) — 25.38
In the first semifinals, Andrew Jeffcoat won in a time of 24.82, which breaks his previous New Zealand record of 24.82 set in February of this year by 0.01 of a second. 100 back bronze medalist Bradley Woodward followed suit, touching second in 25.25.
However, it was 100 back champion Pieter Coetze who swam the fastest time in the semifinals, clocking a 24.81 to win the second semi. Mitch Larkin, the man with the fastest entry time, finished eleventh in 25.53 and will miss the final.
After finishing top 8 in the 100 back, India’s Srihari Nataraj once again made another final, clocking a 25.38 time to finish eighth overall in the semifinals.
WOMEN’S 50 FLY SEMIFINALS
- World Record: 24.43 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2014)
- Commonwealth Record: 25.20 — Francesca Halsall, Great Britain (2014)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 25.20 — Francesca Halsall, England (2014)
- Emma McKeon (AUS) — 26.02
- Erin Gallagher (RSA) — 26.17
- Maggie MacNeil (CAN) — 26.19
- Holly Barratt (AUS) — 26.28
- Alex Perkins (AUS) — 26.29
- Helena Gasson (NZL) — 26.36
- Harriet Jones (WAL) — 26.39
- Katerine Savard (CAN) — 26.42
Emma McKeon improved a significant amount from her heats time of 26.52, clocking a 26.02 to win the first semifinals. Finishing behind her was Erin Gallagher, who clocked a 26.17 to break her old South African record time of 26.24 that was set back in 2019. In the second semifinal, Maggie MacNeil out-touched Holly Barratt by 0.09 seconds, swimming a time of 26.19.
McKeon, MacNeil, Barratt and Gallagher look to be the favorites to medal in this event come time for finals.
MEN’S 200 FLY FINAL
- World Record: 1:50.39 — Kristof Milak, Hungary (2022)
- Commonwealth Record: 1:52.96 — Chad Le Clos, South Africa (2012)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 1:54.00 — Chad Le Clos, South Africa (2018)
After winning the 400 IM last night, Lewis Clareburt picked up a title in the 200 fly, lowering his best time of 1;56.76 that he had set in prelims to clock a 1:55.60 tonight. Prior to the meet, he had a personal best of 1:57.24. Chad Le Clos and James Guy had been leading the pack by a significant margin for the majority of the race, but Clareburt came home in a 30.42 (the fastest closing split of the entire field) to overtake them both on the final 50.
Le Clos took silver, which was his 18th Commonwealth Games medal. He now ties sharpshooters Phillip Adams and Mick Gault as the athlete with the most Commonwealth medals of all time.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK S8 FINAL
- World Record: 1:08.04 — Alice Tai, Great Britain (2019)
Tupou Neiufi had been leading by 0.04 seconds at the 50 meter mark, but world record holder Alice Tai charged home in a 36.84 back half split to win in a time of 1:13.64, beating out the field by over four seconds in front of a home crowd. After skipping the World Championships this year and withdrawing from the Olympics due to an elbow injury last year, Tai wins her second Commonwealth Games gold medal after taking 100 back S9 gold in 2018.
In January 2022, Tai had her right leg amputated below her knee due to the pain she experienced in her right foot.
MEN’S 100 BREAST SB8 FINAL
- World Record: 1:07.01 — Andrei Kalina, Ukraine (2008)
After 100 back S9 champion Timothy Hodge led for the majority of the race, 17-year-old Joshua Wilmer beat him out in the final few meters and won by 0.07 seconds in a time of 1:14.12. After Clareburt’s gold in the 200 fly, Wilmer takes home New Zealand’s second gold medal of the night. It was a full Oceania podium, with Hodge’s teammate Blake Cochrane winning bronze in 1:18.97.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE FINAL
- World Record: 23.67 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2017)
- Commonwealth Record: 23.78 — Cate Campbell, Australia (2018)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 23.78 — Cate Campbell, Australia (2018)
As expected, the Aussies dominated this event, sweeping the gold, silver, and bronze medal positions. Defending Olympic champion Emma McKeon won in the only sub-24 time, clocking a 23.99 that is the second-fastest time in the world this year, just 0.01 seconds Sarah Sjostrom’s 23.98 time that won the World Championships this year. That win was McKeon’s eleventh Commonwealth Games gold medal, as she becomes the athlete with the most Commonwealth games gold medals of all time.
MEN’S 100 FREE SEMIFINALS
- World Record: 46.91 — Cesar Cielo, Brazil (2009)
- Commonwealth Record: 47.04 — Cameron McEvoy, Australia (2016)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 47.98 — Brent Hayden, Canada (2012)
- Kyle Chalmers (AUS) — 47.36
- Tom Dean (ENG) — 47.83
- William Yang (AUS) — 48.38
- Ruslan Gaziev (CAN) — 48.54
- Josh Liendo (CAN) — 48.54
- Duncan Scott (SCO) — 48.78
- Jacob Whittle (ENG) — 48.82
- Zac Incerti (AUS) — 48.91
After being slightly off form in the morning, Kyle Chalmers dominated the first semifinal of the 100 free, destroying Brent Hayden’s Games record and swimming a season-best time of 47.36. Tom Dean broke 48 seconds for the first time in this race, resetting his best time of 48.06 to clock a 47.83 and finish second behind Chalmers. British record holder Lewis Burras was well off his best time of 47.63, putting up a 49.96 and missing the finals.
William Yang also went a best time, improving upon his 48.55 from trials to go 48.38 today and take the third-fastest time out of semifinals.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
- World Record: 2:18.95 — Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa (2021)
- Commonwealth Record: 2:18.95 — Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa (2021)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 2:20.72 — Leisel Jones, Australia (2006)
Although she was slower than her prelims time of 2:21.76, Tatjana Schoenmaker still won this 200 breast race comfortably in 2:21.96. She was out in 1:07.80, over a second faster than she went out in the morning, but paid for it on the back half of the race and closed in 37.94. That final 50 split was considerably slower than her 36.41 final 50 from the morning. Either way, both her prelims and finals times were faster than the 2:22.41 time that Lilly King swam to win at the World Championships.
Worlds silver medalist Jenna Strauch, who had stayed closed to Schoenmaker in the first half of the race, won yet another silver medal here at the Commonwealth Games. She was a bit slower than her Worlds finals time of 2:23.65. Rounding out the podium was Schoenmaker’s teammate Kaylene Corbett, who won her first-ever major international medal.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK FINALS
- World Record: 57.45 — Kaylee McKeown, Australia (2021)
- Commonwealth Record: 57.45 — Kaylee McKeown, Australia (2021)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 58.63 — Kylie Masse, Canada (2018)
In a repeat of Olympics last year, Kaylee McKeown beat out Kylie Masse for gold after Masse was leading at the 50 meter mark. Although she was over a second slower than her best time, McKeown broke Masse’s 2018 Commonwealth Games record time of 58.63 by 0.03 seconds. Masse touched second in 58.73, a few tenths slower than the 58.40 she swam at the World Championships.
Medi Harris stayed close with McKeown and Masse throughout the entire race, taking bronze with a 59.62 to win Wales’ second swimming medal of the night.
MEN’S 100 BREAST FINALS
- World Record: 56.88 — Adam Peaty, Great Britain (2019)
- Commonwealth Record: 56.88 — Adam Peaty, Great Britain (2019)
- Commonwealth Games Record: 58.59 — Adam Peaty, England (2018)
The audience was roaring prior to the start of the 100 breast final, mainly because Adam Peaty, their hometown hero and the most dominant breaststroker in the history of the sport was competing. However, it was another Englishman who took victory this time around.
For the first time since 2013, Peaty has lost a 100 breast race at a major international meet. In fact, he didn’t even get onto the podium today. After Peaty was leading at the 50-meter mark, it was his British teammate James Wilby who overtook him in the home stretch of the race, winning in a time of 59.52 while Peaty faded to fourth and put up a 59.86.
Peaty’s season has largely been affected by a broken foot, which caused him to miss the World Championships earlier this year.
Zac Stubblety-Cook finished second, closing in a 31.10 final 50 (the fastest back half of the field) and swimming a 59.52 that is just 0.01 off his best time of 59.52. His teammate Sam Williamson took bronze with a time of 59.82. This was Williamson’s first time under the one minute barrier.
WOMEN’S 4×200 FREESTYLE RELAY FINAL
World Record: 7:40.33 — China (2021) Commonwealth Record: 7:41.29 — Australia (2021) Commonwealth Games Record: 7:48.04 — Australia (2018)
- Australia — 7:39.29 (WORLD RECORD)
- Canada — 7:51.98
- England — 7:57.11
Summer McIntosh’s 1:55.24 leadoff put Canada into first place position at the 200-meter mark, but that did not last long. It was Australia’s Madi Wilson (1:56.27), Kiah Melverton (1:55.40), Mollie O’Callaghan (1:54.80), and Ariarne Titmus (1:52.82) who ended up winning in a world record time of 7:39.29. They smashed China’s previous world record time of 7:40.33 that was set at the Olympic games last year.
Most notably, Titmus’s 1:52.82 anchor leg is the fastest 200 free split in history, surpassing Federica Pelligrini‘s 1:53.45 by a significant margin. Prior to today, Pelligrini’s 1:52.98 flat start world record had been faster than any 200 free rolling split ever recorded.
All-Time Top Relay Splits, Women’s 4×200 Free Relay:
- Ariarne Titmus, Australia — 1:52.82 (2022)
- Federica Pellegrini, Italy – 1:53.45 (2009)
- Sarah Sjostsrom, Sweden – 1:53.64 (2014)
- Katie Ledecky, United States – 1:53.67 (2022)
- Katie Ledecky, United States – 1:53.74 (2016)
- Katie Ledecky, United States – 1:53.76 (2021)
- Katie Ledecky, United States – 1:53.84 (2018)
- Katie Ledecky, United States – 1:54.02 (2017)
This world record was a good redemption swim for the Aussies, who had failed to take gold at the 2020 Olympics due to questionable lineup decisions and finished second to the United States at the World Championships this year without Titmus. At both the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Olympics, Titmus had always been the one leading off, so her 1:52.82 was her first-ever rolling split swum at a major international meet.