2022 Commonwealth Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

An absolutely loaded session is coming your way from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as Day 4 finals features some of the world’s best vying for glory, title defenses, and redemption.

Kicking things off will be the final of the men’s 100 freestyle, where Kyle Chalmers comes in after making a statement in last night’s semi, breaking the Games Record in a blistering time of 47.36.

Not only does that time elevate Chalmers into #2 in the world rankings this season, trailing only world champion David Popovici, it’s also the third-fastest swim of his career. The only two times he’s been faster? The final of the World Championships in 2019, and the final of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, both 47.08.

Look for Chalmers to challenge Popovici’s world-leading mark of 47.13, his personal best time, and maybe even the Commonwealth and Australian Record of 47.04, set by Cameron McEvoy in 2016. However, it should be noted that it didn’t look like he held much back in the semis, so we’ll how much more he has in the tank tonight.

We’ll also see a pair of finals in the women’s 200 back and 200 IM, where Australia’s Kaylee McKeown approximately 55 minutes between races.

McKeown will go head-to-head with Canadian Kylie Masse in the 200 back, having already got the better of her in the 100-meter event, and then will race the 200 IM from out in Lane 1, with another Canadian, Summer McIntosh, occupying the middle lane.

South Africa’s Pieter Coetze will aim to go two-for-two in the men’s backstroke events as he comes in as the top seed in the 50-meter final, while Australian Emma McKeon aims to get one back on Maggie MacNeil in the women’s 50 fly after falling just shy of the Canadian on Saturday in the 100.

Adam Peaty will also be back in the water in the men’s 50 breast semis after shockingly missing the podium in the 100 breast.

The night will conclude with the men’s 4×200 free relay, an event Australia has won 12 of the 13 times it’s been contested. Find the relay lineups for the event here.

Men’s 100 Freestyle – Final

  • World Record: 46.91, Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 2009
  • Commonwealth Record: 47.04, Cameron McEvoy (AUS), 2016
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 47.36, Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 2022
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Duncan Scott (SCOT), 48.02
  1. Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 47.51
  2. Tom Dean (ENG), 47.89
  3. Duncan Scott (SCO), 48.27
  4. Ruslan Gaziev (CAN), 48.54
  5. William Yang (AUS), 48.55
  6. Jacob Whittle (ENG), 48.61
  7. Josh Liendo (CAN), 48.66
  8. Zac Incerti (AUS), 49.09

Kyle Chalmers followed up his statement swim in last night’s semi with a similar showing in the final of the men’s 100 freestyle, winning gold in a time of 47.51.

Chalmers’ time falls just shy of the Games Record he set in the semis (47.36), as he out-split the field on both the opening (22.87) and closing 50s (24.64).

Chalmers, who won silver in this event four years ago, was seven one-hundredths quicker than David Popovici was in winning the World Championship final earlier this year.

Canadian Josh Liendo, who won bronze at Worlds, was out with Chalmers at the 50, flipping in 22.91, but trailed off down the last 50.

England’s Tom Dean, who broke 48 seconds for the first time in the semis, roared home in 24.73 to win silver in 47.89, just shy of his PB set last night of 47.83.

2018 champion Duncan Scott matched Dean’s back-half split to come back from seventh at the turn and win bronze in 48.27, with Canadian Ruslan Gaziev (48.54) winning a tight battle for fourth as he matches his time from the semis.

With his 10th career medal, Scott becomes Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete of all-time.

Women’s 200 Backstroke – Final

  • World Record: 2:03.35, Regan Smith (USA) – 2019
  • Commonwealth Record: 2:04.28, Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 2:05.98, Kylie Masse (CAN) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Kylie Masse (CAN), 2:05.98
  1. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2:05.60 GR
  2. Kylie Masse (CAN), 2:07.81
  3. Katie Shanahan (SCO), 2:09.22
  4. Minna Atherton (AUS), 2:09.40
  5. Holly McGill (SCO), 2:13.00
  6. Charlotte Evans (WAL), 2:14.26
  7. Cassie Wild (SC), 2:18.32
  8. Gemma Atherley (JEY), 2:18.53

The reigning Olympic and world champion made it look easy in the final of the women’s 200 backstroke, as Kaylee McKeown took the lead from the get-go and extended it throughout the race, winning gold in a time of 2:05.60.

The Australian breaks the Games Record of 2:05.98, set by Kylie Masse in 2018, and comes just over half a second off her World Championship-winning showing from six weeks ago in Budapest (2:05.08).

Masse pulled away from Minna Atherton on the back-half to claim silver in 2:07.81, while Scotland’s Katie Shanahan continued her impressive performance here as she closed in 32.68 to run down Atherton and snag bronze in a lifetime best of 2:09.22.

Atherton settled for fourth in 2:09.40.

MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: 25.95, Adam Peaty (ENG) – 2017
  • Commonwealth Record: 25.95, Adam Peaty (ENG) – 2017
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 26.49, Adam Peaty (ENG) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 26.58

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Sam Williamson (AUS), 27.01
  2. Adam Peaty (ENG), 27.03
  3. Michael Houlie (RSA), 27.39
  4. Craig Benson (SCO), 27.64
  5. James Wilby (ENG) / Grayson Bell (AUS), 27.65
  6. Greg Butler (ENG), 27.68
  7. Ross Murdoch (SCO), 27.69

Adam Peaty bounced back from his fourth-place finish in the 100 breast by winning his semi-final in the men’s 50 breaststroke, putting up a time of 27.03 which ultimately seeds him second heading into tomorrow’s final.

Leading the field will be Australian Sam Williamson, who dips under his personal best time by four one-hundredths in 27.01.

South African Michael Houlie was the runner-up to Williamson in the second semi to claim the third seed overall, and then it was incredibly tight among the rest of the field, as spots fourth through 10th were separated by just 11 one-hundredths of a second.

James Wilby, who upset Peaty for gold in the 100 breast, qualifies tied for fifth in 27.65, while the soon-to-be-retired Ross Murdoch squeaks into the final in eighth at 27.69.

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2017
  • Commonwealth Record: 51.96, Emma McKeon (AUS) – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 52.27, Bronte Campbell (AUS) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Bronte Campbell (AUS), 52.27

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Emma McKeon (AUS), 53.12
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 53.33
  3. Shayna Jack (AUS), 53.43
  4. Anna Hopkin (ENG), 53.96
  5. Freya Anderson (ENG), 54.15
  6. Aimee Canny (RSA), 54.78
  7. Rebecca Smith (CAN), 55.03
  8. Katerine Savard (CAN), 55.41

After setting the all-time Commonwealth Games record with her 11th gold medal last night, Emma McKeon kept the momentum rolling with an easy win in the first semi of the women’s 100 freestyle, qualifying first into the final.

McKeon torched the opening 50 in 25.34 before cruising home for the victory in 53.12, more than a full second clear of runner-up Freya Anderson (54.15).

McKeon ends up leading a pair of Australian teammates into the final, as Mollie O’Callaghan (53.33) and Shayna Jack (53.43) sit second and third, respectively.

The 28-year-old McKeon will race the 50 fly final later on, where she’ll be going for her fifth medal here in Birmingham.

O’Callaghan, the reigning world champion in the event, trailed Jack by more than eight-tenths after the opening 50, but closed in a sizzling 26.92 (having opened in 26.41) to touch first and claim the second seed for the final in 53.33.

O’Callaghan leads the world rankings this season with her time of 52.49 from the Australian Championships in May.

Jack, who won bronze behind McKeon and Meg Harris earlier in the 50 free, was just a tenth back of O’Callaghan for third overall in 53.43, with her fastest time this season coming in at 52.60. Four years ago, Jack finished fourth in this event.

Also cracking 54 seconds was England’s Anna Hopkin, who was just four one-hundredths slower than she was in the semi-finals of the World Championships (53.92, where she finished ninth) to qualify fourth into the final at 53.96. Hopkin also made the final in 2018, placing eighth.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: 49.45, Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 2021
  • Commonwealth Record: 50.39, Joseph Schooling (SGP) – 2016
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 50.65, Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Chad Le Clos (RSA), 50.65

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Matt Temple (AUS), 51.52
  2. Chad Le Clos (RSA), 51.64
  3. James Guy (ENG), 51.82
  4. Josh Liendo (CAN), 51.85
  5. Cody Simpson (AUS), 52.16
  6. Finlay Knox (CAN), 52.19
  7. Jacob Peters (ENG), 52.23
  8. Jamie Ingram (ENG), 52.27

Australia’s Matt Temple stormed home in 27.24 to touch first in the opening semi-final of the men’s 100 butterfly, producing an overall time of 51.52 to lead England’s James Guy (51.82) by three-tenths.

Temple, the owner of the fastest best time in the field at 50.45, placed fifth at the World Championships in June in a time of 51.15.

Temple’s time ended up holding as the fastest of the session, as two-time defending champion Chad Le Clos emerged from the second semi in 51.64 to advance through in second.

Despite what can only be described as a horrendous finish, although clearly intentional, Le Clos managed to out-touch Canada’s Josh Liendo (51.85), who joins the others sub-52 after racing the 100 free final earlier on.

Australian pop star Cody Simpson delivered a solid swim in 52.16 to qualify fifth, while Canadian Finlay Knox moves through in sixth at 52.19. Simpson (51.79) and Knox (51.86) both set their best times earlier this year.

WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2015
  • Commonwealth Record: 2:06.68, Siobhan Marie O’Connor (ENG) – 2016
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 2:08.21, Siobhan Marie O’Connor (ENG) – 2014
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Siobhan Marie O’Connor (ENG), 2:09.80
  1. Summer McIntosh (CAN), 2:08.70 WJR
  2. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2:09.52
  3. Abbie Wood (ENG), 2:10.68
  4. Rebecca Meder (RSA), 2:12.01
  5. Abbey Harkin (AUS), 2:12.25
  6. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAN), 2:12.48
  7. Alicia Wilson (ENG), 2:14.08
  8. Ella Ramsay (AUS), 2:14.71

Despite it likely being her sixth best event, rising Canadian star Summer McIntosh ran away with the gold medal in the women’s 200 IM, setting a new World Junior Record to boot.

McIntosh, who came into the competition with a best time of 2:10.75, drops a scorching-fast time of 2:08.70 to break the WJR of 2:08.91 set by American Leah Hayes at the World Championships in June.

The 15-year-old McIntosh got out to a blistering start, out-splitting the field on both fly (27.26) and back (32.52) to hold a 1.5-second lead at the 100-meter wall in 59.78.

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown and England’s Abbie Wood made a big push on the breaststroke leg, both splitting 37.52, as McKeown took over a narrow lead over McIntosh with Wood close behind in third.

But McIntosh leaned on her excellent freestyle ability and got the better of everyone coming home, as the Toronto native was the only woman sub-30 coming home (29.81) to win gold in 2:08.70.

In addition to her new WJR, McIntosh also narrowly missed the Canadian Record of 2:08.61 set by Sydney Pickrem in 2019. McIntosh now ranks tied for 18th all-time in the event.

McKeown, who won the 200 back earlier in the session, had the second-fastest free split in the field to claim second in 2:09.52, having finished the same position at the World Championships in 2:08.57.

Wood, who owns a PB of 2:09.15, was third in 2:10.68, winning her first individual medal of these Games.

South African Rebecca Meder reset her personal best for the second time today, knocking her 2:12.57 from the prelims down to 2:12.01 for fourth.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE S7 – FINAL

  • World Record: 27.07, Andrii Trusov (UKR) – 2019
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 28.60, Matthew Levy (AUS) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Matthew Levy (AUS), 28.60
  1. Matthew Levy (AUS), 28.95
  2. Wei Soong Toh (SGP), 29.10
  3. Christian Sadie (RSA), 29.78
  4. Michael Jones (ENG), 30.95
  5. Suyash Narayan Jadhav (IND), 31.30
  6. Joel Mundie (AUS), 32.13
  7. Niranjan Mukundan (IND), 32.55
  8. William Perry (ENG), 33.18

The podium in the men’s 50 freestyle S7 ends up the same as it was in 2018, just with the silver and bronze medalists swapped.

Australia’s Matthew Levy successfully defended his title in a time of 28.95 to edge out Singaporean Wei Soong Toh (29.10), having won the crown four years ago in a Games Record of 28.60.

Toh, the 2018 bronze medalist in 29.83, improves by over seven-tenths to win silver in 29.10, while South African Christian Sadie follows up his runner-up finish last time out with a bronze medal victory in 29.78.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE SB6 – FINAL

  • World Record: 1:29.87, Liu Daomin (CHN) – 2019
  1. Maisie Summers-Newton (ENG), 1:32.72
  2. Grace Harvey (ENG), 1:43.29
  3. Camille Berube (CAN), 1:43.81
  4. Danielle Kisser (CAN), 1:50.04
  5. Isabella Vincent (AUS), 1:52.74
  6. Ella Jones (AUS), 1:56.14

The reigning Olympic and world champion in the women’s 100 breaststroke SB6 adds the Commonwealth title to her resume, as England’s Maisie Summers-Newton rolled to the gold medal in a time of 1:32.72.

The 20-year-old won this event at the World Para Swimming Championships in June, producing a slightly faster time of 1:32.16.

Her teammate Grace Harvey made it a 1-2 for England by winning silver in 1:43.29, while Canadian Camille Berube, who is set to retire after this meet, won bronze in 1:43.81.

MEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • World Record: 23.71, Hunter Armstrong (USA) – 2022
  • Commonwealth Record: 24.04, Liam Tancock (ENG) – 2009
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 24.62, Liam Tancock (ENG) – 2010
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Mitch Larkin (AUS), 24.68
  1. Andrew Jeffcoat (NZL), 24.65
  2. Pieter Coetze (RSA), 24.77
  3. Javier Acevedo (CAN), 24.97
  4. Bradley Woodward (AUS), 25.08
  5. Srihari Nataraj (IND), 25.23
  6. Scott Gibson (SCO), 25.34
  7. Ben Armbruster (AUS), 25.37
  8. Joe Small (WAL), 25.44

Canadian Javier Acevedo had a great start but it was Andrew Jeffcoat who took over down the stretch as the New Zealander claims gold in the men’s 50 backstroke in a time of 24.65.

Jeffcoat re-breaks his Kiwi National Record of 24.82, set in the semis, and wins New Zealand’s fifth gold medal in the pool here in Birmingham.

South African Pieter Coetze, the top seed out of the semis, clocked 24.77 to snag silver, just off his lifetime best of 24.74 set in April.

Acevedo held on for bronze in 24.97, becoming the first Canadian under 25 seconds in the event. He lowers the previous National Record of 25.12 held by Russell Wood.

Australian Bradley Woodward set a lifetime best of 25.08 to place fourth.

WOMEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – FINAL

  • World Record: 24.43, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2014
  • Commonwealth Record: 25.20, Francesca Halsall (ENG) – 2014
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 25.20, Francesca Halsall (ENG) – 2014
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Cate Campbell (AUS), 25.59
  1. Emma McKeon (AUS), 25.90
  2. Erin Gallagher (RSA) / Holly Barratt (AUS), 26.05
  3. Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 26.17
  4. Alex Perkins (AUS), 26.19
  5. Harriet Jones (WAL), 26.20
  6. Helena Gasson (NZL), 26.24
  7. Katerine Savard (CAN), 26.43

Emma McKeon extended her all-time record with her 12th career Commonwealth gold medal, claiming the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 25.90.

McKeon, who wins her fifth medal here in Birmingham and second individual gold, finishes just three one-hundredths shy of her personal best time (25.87), set in March 2020.

Tying for the silver medal was Erin Gallagher and Holly Barratt, as they produced matching times of 26.05.

The time for Gallagher was a new South African Record, lowering her previous mark of 26.24, while Barratt wins silver for the second straight Games after finishing in the runner-up spot to Cate Campbell in 2018.

Maggie MacNeil, who edged out McKeon for gold in the 100 fly on Saturday by two one-hundredths, finds herself locked out of the medals in fourth, putting up a time of 26.17.

The Canadian set her personal best time of 25.97 on the Mare Nostrum Tour earlier this year.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: 1:04.13, Lilly King (USA) – 2017
  • Commonwealth Record: 1:04.82, Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 1:05.09, Leisel Jones (AUS) – 2006
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 1:06.41

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Lara van Niekerk (RSA), 1:05.96
  2. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 1:06.43
  3. Chelsea Hodges (AUS), 1:07.16
  4. Jenna Strauch (AUS), 1:07.30
  5. Molly Renshaw (ENG), 1:07.42
  6. Abbey Harkin (AUS), 1:07.61
  7. Kaylene Corbett (RSA), 1:07.96
  8. Kara Hanlon (SCO), 1:08.08

19-year-old South African Lara van Niekerk used her scintillating front-end speed to produce the fastest time of the session in the women’s 100 breaststroke, topping the semi-final field in a time of 1:05.96.

van Niekerk, who won the 50 breast earlier, was the fastest swimmer over the first 50 by a wide margin in 30.64, and her finishing time puts her within three-tenths of her personal best set in April (1:05.67).

Defending champion and 2021 Olympic silver medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker broke free from Chelsea Hodges on the second 50 en route to touching first in the opening semi, clocking a time of 1:06.43 to nearly match her winning time from 2018 (1:06.41).

Schoenmaker, the winner of the 200 breast, will go head-to-head with van Niekerk tomorrow night as they’ll look to make it a South African sweep in the women’s breaststroke events. Their teammate, Kaylene Corbett, will also be in the final after advancing in seventh (1:07.96).

Hodges, coming off an Oceanic Record swim in the 50 breast that won her the bronze medal, qualifies third overall for the final in 1:07.16, and she’ll be joined in the final by Aussie teammates Jenna Strauch (1:07.30) and Abbey Harkin (1:07.61). Harkin was coming off of swimming the 200 IM earlier in the session.

MEN’S 4X200 FREESTYLE RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: 6:58.55, United States – 2009
  • Commonwealth Record: 6:58.58, Great Britain – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 7:05.97, Australia – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Australia, 7:05.97
  • Relay Lineups
  1. Australia, 7:04.96 GR
  2. England, 7:07.50
  3. Scotland, 7:09.33
  4. Wales, 7:10.64
  5. Canada, 7:12.68
  6. South Africa, 7:13.76
  7. Isle of Man, 7:43.70
  8. Gibraltar, 8:08.33

The Australians proved too deep in the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay, as the quartet of Elijah WinningtonFlynn SouthamZac Incerti and Mack Horton each reeled off a 1:46 split as the team claimed gold in a new Games Record of 7:04.96.

The victory marks Australia’s 13th win in 14 runnings of this event at the Games, as they break their previous meet record of 7:05.97 from 2018.

Winnington got the team off to an early lead in 1:46.36, followed closely by England’s James Guy (1:46.87), while South Africa’s Matt Sates put up a 1:47.07 to put them in third.

Sates’ split was quicker than the 1:47.75 he clocked in the individual event.

Following Winnington, Southam (1:46.08), Incerti (1:46.08) and Horton (1:46.44) slowly pulled away from the field to claim gold by over two and a half seconds.

The English team moved into second at the 600, and then Tom Dean put together a 1:45.15 leg to bring them in for silver in 7:07.50.

Scotland came back from fifth at the final exchange to win bronze, thanks to a 1:44.48 anchor from Duncan Scott, which was the fastest in the field.

Dean and Scott were the only swimmers in the field who split faster than any of the Australians.

Wales sat in a medal position the majority of the race, as Calum Jarvis got them off to a strong start in 1:47.38 (faster than he was in the individual event, 1:47.84) and then Matt Richards pulled them into second with a 1:46.47 leg. It wasn’t until Scott’s anchor that they fell out of the top three.

The Canadian team placed fifth in 7:12.68, with Javier Acevedo finishing off a very impressive session with a 1:46.70 anchor leg after claiming bronze in the 50 back earlier.

South Africa had Chad Le Clos split 1:47.47, following Sates’ lead-off, which had them in third before ultimately trailing off to sixth in 7:13.76.

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ThaKaz
2 months ago

Just noticed that Summer McIntosh has not entered the 200 Fly… I suppose she needs a rest sometime!

Admin
Reply to  ThaKaz
2 months ago
John26
2 months ago

Realistically Summer’s 200fly is on par or worse than her 200IM and 200free, it just appears that her 200fly is better because internationally this event is much weaker.

NJones
Reply to  John26
2 months ago

So question then is, is she going for FINA points or all time ranking? Or medals?

REL
Reply to  NJones
2 months ago

Here’s Summer’s response about medals after the World Champs: “She hasn’t thought about how many podiums she wants to reach at her second Summer Games, when she’s 17. ‘I think goals can be limiting,’ she explains, simply. ‘For now, I want to keep improving.’
https://www.sportsnet.ca/more/longform/meet-15-year-old-phenom-summer-mcintosh-canadas-newest-swimming-star/

Robbos
Reply to  REL
2 months ago

Sounds very mature for her age.

Taa
Reply to  John26
2 months ago

How are ranking her? All time ranking each event or just current year?

Jamesjabc
2 months ago

21 Olympic events completed so far. 10 of them were won by either the world champion or in a time faster than the world champion. The W200 free silver medallist would have won worlds by almost a second. Add to that the W50 Free was 0.01 off the Worlds gold time.

You can complain about depth all you like, but anyone complaining about the legitimacy of the Commonwealth Games as an international competition is just not in touch with reality.

Relay Enthusiast
Reply to  Jamesjabc
2 months ago

Upvote!

NJones
Reply to  Jamesjabc
2 months ago

As with most regional competitions, Pan Pacs/Come/Euros etc, to medal in ‘most’ events is difficult and you straight up have to be world class. Allowing a 3rd entry for Commonwealth’s especially with the Aussie freestyle sprinters adds to this. The 8th place depth can be thin in stone events. I’m disappointed that Canada did not name a much larger team to fill out 3 slots as much as possible, even a Junior designated slot perhaps. I can guarantee there would be 2x 200 young female Backstrokers for example who would easily clear 217 to make finals and both slightly bring up the lack of depth argument and gain valuable ‘Games’ experience to help them and Canada in the next 2… Read more »

CanSwimFan
Reply to  NJones
2 months ago

Totally agree. Missed development opportunity for Canadian swimmers.

Njones
Reply to  CanSwimFan
2 months ago

1st and 2nd at summer nats 200 back, 211 and 213. The 211 from a youngster as well. Easy Commonwealth finalist and ‘big games’ experience under a relatively large swimming crowd.

ele
Reply to  NJones
2 months ago

Canada tried to bring their full quota of swimmers (23, not including para) – they ended up with 2 unused spots which originally belonged to Pickrem and Sanchez, but I presume it was too late to replace them as they were pretty late withdrawals and Swimming Canada was pretty good at naming replacements prior to that. There could be an argument over which swimmers they should’ve selected, but it wouldn’t have been possible to bring a much larger team.

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Taa
Reply to  Jamesjabc
2 months ago

Its not that its not legit its that you guys are implying that its the equivalent to worlds? Its not near that level but enjoy your medal domination. America loves to brag about its medals so we can relate.

Sub13
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Who’s saying that it’s equivalent to worlds? I’d love to see you point me to a few comments that say that because I’ve never seen one. A lot of Commonwealth countries and swimmers prioritised Comm Games over Worlds this year because of the circumstances. Then Americans just whined on and on and on for months about how bad Comm Games are. The results so far show they’re pretty competitive in a lot of events and the winners in a bunch of events are equivalent or better than the winners at worlds were. That’s the point people are making. You’re trying to make out like people are constantly saying the Commonwealth Games is the same as worlds which has never been… Read more »

Taa
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

You need to learn to read. It’s all over the comments.

21 Olympic events completed so far. 10 of them were won by either the world champion or in a time faster than the world champion

That not an equivalent comparison? It was the comment I replied to. Americans were annoyed because Titmus dodged the competition. I guess she got covid anyway which was a bummer

Sub13
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

No. That’s not saying that at all. That’s literally posting factual information about the results of the competition. If your interpretation based on that factual information is that they’re equivalent then I guess that’s on you?

Yes, Titmus “dodged” it because she prioritised something differently than you would have despite having the fastest time in the world and recent WR in her two Olympic winning events.

We both know Americans have been trashing Comm Games constantly and now you’re bitter that it’s much more competitive than you thought it would be. If it’s so unimportant then why are you here? No one is forcing you to read the articles.

Taa
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

Okay if you say so! You are wound up really tight have a beverage and relax

Sub13
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Ah yes. Your go to response. You talk sh*t constantly and then when you’re wrong all you can say is “wow relax” because you know you’re wrong. How’s that working out for you?

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Actually you’re the one who should drink and relax.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Link the comments where people said

“Commonwealth games is equivalent to Worlds”

I’m waiting

Taa
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

Did u even read what I wrote🥹

Robbos
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

No Aussie swim fan would ever imply that a region competition would be equivalent to a world competition. It’s no comparison, the world championship is only 2nd to the Olympics for the diehards.

The reason above for comparison is to show it’s not a mickey mouse competition.

Why some swimmers prioritise the Comm games is because it’s multi sport event, like the Olympics, not just swimming that we are competing in. During the swimming WC, the media was minimal & a TV station only picked it up late & put it on their subsidiary channel. There was a slight mention when you won WC gold.
The Comm games are getting wall to wall coverage on the biggest station in… Read more »

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

No one ever implied that it’s equivalent to worlds.

IN FACT, salty people kept saying from the start

Bobo Gigi: “NO ONE CARES ABOUT COMMONWEALTH GAMES”

and a myriad of people start trashing commonwealth games competition.

50free
Reply to  Jamesjabc
2 months ago

It’s definitely easier to swim fast at a chill meet against just ur training buddies

50free
Reply to  Jamesjabc
2 months ago

To make it a fair comparison. Go ahead and add a second or 2 to make up for no semifinals in 200s and being able to sleep during prelims and semi finals. Maybe add another second for lack of pressure too.

ecoach
Reply to  Jamesjabc
2 months ago

Speaking as a Canadian who is coaching in USA. I wish everyone would prioritize the “Games” competitions. 1. Olympics 2. Commonwealths 3. Pan American Games 4. World University Games
Preparing to be the best at the Olympics is much more then competing against the fastest. Olympic Games environment is very different and these other competitions prep for that.

Better yet do what Summer, Molly, Tom etc are doing and go to both.

NCAA>ISL
2 months ago

Opening 50 of Torri Huskes 100 fly at worlds would have won the W50 fly here. (25.72)

CADWALLADER GANG
Reply to  NCAA>ISL
2 months ago

lmao the downvotes. don’t like it when it’s turned around

Sub13
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

I think you’ll find the difference is that most of these comments are being made by trolls who have no interest in the meet except to insult people. I’m fairly certain if I never commented on the US Nationals except to say “oh wow everyone was so slow and Ledecky looked terrible” then I would probably get downvoted there, no?

The articles are full of comments from Americans who have literally contributed nothing except to point out which events Americans would have won. It’s just really sad.

If you don’t care about the Comm Games then you don’t need to comment. But to follow the Games closely just in order to try to point out how much you don’t care… Read more »

CADWALLADER GANG
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

i’m not reading all that. congrats or sorry that happened to you

Sub13
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

It doesn’t surprise me you’re incapable of reading 5 sentences in a row.

CADWALLADER GANG
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

does it grasp in your mind that i just simply don’t care what you write in your essays on a swimming news site

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Sub13
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

Five sentences is an essay now? Oof, American education is worse than even AOC has been saying lol

CADWALLADER GANG
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

unclench the jaw, unclench the asshole, relax the shoulders and chill. i can feel the veins on your forehead popping out

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Sub13
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

It sounds like you’re having a stroke? Which tbh would explain some of these comments lol

Meow
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

So edgy!

CADWALLADER GANG
Reply to  Meow
2 months ago

yes.

Go Bucky
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

Omg all of you shut up

njones
Reply to  Go Bucky
2 months ago

Ha! Best non swimming comment of the day 😉

Meathead
2 months ago

There could be a 30 for 30 on this Australian team. Cody/Emma/Kyle. Is Madi crushing on Kyle

KC and EM swimming lights out. Cody MIP swimmer in the world (including my buddies 9 year old who just dropped 31 seconds in his 100 free)

4×100 free relays could be amazing

Hope Madi and Emma in finals, as well as Cody and Kyle. 🔥

Taa
2 months ago

Chalmers would have won worlds!!!! Come on thats the story of the day but I guess we are bored with that story line now.. He ditched his Cody showdown swim so I don’t know where that puts him. The rest of the day went pretty much on script. Swims seemed to slow down a bit when compared to worlds. Mckeown with a solid double. Emma with a gold in a really weak event but it still counts. Time for a nap.

Robbos
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Lots of 50s finals, non Olympic events pffff. A nice swim, a nice gold medal but as far as world times, who cares.

David
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

That’s the one major he doesn’t have

Jamesjabc
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

There have been so many swims at Comm Games that would have won worlds that it’s not really that interesting anymore I guess?

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 months ago

If there had been no Great Britain dilution they would have won the 4X200 by about 2 seconds ie. insert the splits of Scott and Richards and remove the splits of Whittle and Litchfield. Still, they’re nowhere near the level they were in Tokyo. Guy and Richards aren’t swimming well and there’s no new talent coming through. As for Australia, this result really flatters them. It was only Southam who swam more or less to expectations. Big improvements are needed all round.

Robbos
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 months ago

Don’t forget Incerti was sick. Winnington also tapered for WC.
We lost Chalmers as 200 free swimmer & the Aussies best 2 swimmers were not in Birmingham in Neill who was hoping to have a breakthrough season, but Covid got him & Alex Graham also missing the season.
However good to see Southam win 2 golds in relays, he is the future.
Maybe last time we see Horton in the green & gold, what a legend he has been.

Robbos
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 months ago

OH & BTW I don’t understand this GB dilution????

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

At the Olympics they compete as Great Britain but for the Commies they are broken down into the Home Nations ie. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Had there been no “dilution” Australia wouldn’t have won this relay.

Robbos
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 months ago

I understand that they compete as Team GB at the Olympics, but in the Commies, like they do in most other sports (I think only swimming & athletics they don’t, apart from Olympics) they have always competed as 4 nations. In the world Cup later this year 2 of them England & Wales qualified for the finals, but I never hear when they lose that they were diluted because they were not Team GB.

But back to my main point in the Commies, they compete as 4 nations, this has been the case since the beginning of the CWG, so I say again don’t understand the Dilution.

Boxall's Railing
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

Just because it’s always been that way (or if one of the four nations happens to win), doesn’t preclude it from being diluted, which it is by definition whenever the nations could have come together to produce a faster time. I think this is his/her point.

Robbos
Reply to  Boxall's Railing
2 months ago

Duncan Scott is Scottish & not eligible to compete for anyone else apart from Scotland in the Comm games is my point. So no dilution here.

boknows34
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

The point is which you are missing is they compete as Great Britain at every other major swim meet – Europeans, Worlds, Olympics. The CWG is the only time you will see England, Scotland, Wales. Therefore, Australia will have an advantage at these Games in relays which they won’t have elsewhere.

Mako
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 months ago

There is no dilution in my mind as they are “independent” countries. They compete as independent countries in everything else, such as the World Cup. So, if anything they should not become “Team GBR” for the Olympics. I never understood why they do that.

Admin
Reply to  Mako
2 months ago

1) they are not independent countries.
2) IOC rules don’t allow non-sovereign nations to compete (there were some exceptions made after WW2 when they were desperate for participants)
3) The Olympics are 85% about ‘nationalism,’ and there are a lot of good historical reasons why the UK government would want that ‘nationalism’ to be driven as a unified state not separate states, not the least of which is that they win more medals together than they would apart.

Robbos
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Very interesting discussion here. It’s my belief & happy to be corrected in the Commonwealth games there are 4 countries (England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Island), 3 Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man) & at least 3 British Overseas Territories (Falkland Islands, St Helena & Gibraltar that all compete separately in the Commonwealth games.

In the Olympic games they compete under the UK or Team GB.

So in the Comm games they are not diluted, Duncan Scott, is Scottish & cannot compete in a combined team in the Comm games.

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Mako
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

It is a good discussion. I know they are not “independent”, yet afaik, other than Olympics and athletics they compete under their own flags.

FIFA World Cup is coming up – they compete there under their own flags. In anything Euro Football related including the club-level, they compete under their own flags.

Thank you for #2 about the IOC. I did not know that.

Taa
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 months ago

I don’t think those result really mean much. Dean and Scott class of the field.

Scuncan Dott
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 months ago

I wouldn’t say there’s “no new talent coming through” for GB. 18 year old Evan Jones is very promising, he’s improved a lot this year and split a 1:47.64 second leg for the Scots there and remember Whittle is still only 17 and still went a 1:47 too in this relay despite this being his 3rd major Comp of the year (after Worlds and European Juniors).

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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