2022 Commonwealth Games: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


  • 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


Women’s 200 Back

  • World Record: Regan Smith, USA – 2:03.35 (2019)
  • Commonwealth Record: Kaylee McKeown, AUS – 2:04.28 (2021)
  • Commonwealth Games Record: Kylie Masse, CAN – 2:05.98 (2018)


Top 8:

  1. Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 2:10.95
  2. Kylie Masse (CAN) – 2:11.27
  3. Minna Atherton (AUS) – 2:11.38
  4. Katie Shanahan (SCO) – 2:11.48
  5. Holly McGill ( SCO) – 2:13.03
  6. Charlotte Evans (WAL) – 2:14.68
  7. Gemma Atherley (JEY) – 2:17.47
  8. Cassie Wild (SCO) – 2:17.94

Kaylee McKeown and Kylie Masse both looked controlled to take the win in their respective heats of the women’s 200 back, touching as the top two qualifiers heading into the final. McKeown won gold at 2022 Worlds in 2:05.08 and Masse took fifth in 2:08.00, so they should both have left something in the tank.

Minna Atherton used strong underwaters to grab the third seed in 2:11.38. Behind McKeown and Masse, the race for the bronze is wide open. Atherton put herself in a strong position, but she’ll have to hold of Scotland’s Katie Shanahan, who’s sitting only a tenth behind her.

Men’s 50 Breast


Top 16:

  1. Michael Houlie (RSA) /Adam Peaty (GBR) – 27.10
  2. Sam Williamson (AUS) – 27.20
  3. Ross Murdoch (SCO) – 27.48
  4. Grayson Bell (AUS) – 27.63
  5. Archie Goodburn (SCO) – 27.68
  6. Craig Benson (SCO) – 27.72
  7. James Wilby (ENG) – 27.74
  8. Brenden Crawford (RSA) – 27.77
  9. Greg Butler (ENG) – 27.80
  10. Joshua Yong (AUS) – 27.96
  11. James Dergousoff (CAN) – 28.04
  12. Maximillian Ang (SGP) – 28.23
  13. Ronan Wantenaar (NAM) – 28.27
  14. Kyle Booth (WAL) – 28.30
  15. Jadon Wuilliez (ANT) – 28.44

Adam Peaty rebounded after the disappointment of missing the men’s 100 breast podium, tying with Michael Houlie in heat 6 for the top time of the morning, 27.10.

After winning the 100 breast, England’s James Wilby move through safely in eighth. Bronze medalist Sam Williamson got off to a much faster start this morning, hitting 27.20 to qualify third. That’s a lifetime best for Williamson by almost three-tenths, highlighting the strong form that he’s brought to Birmingham.

Women’s 100 Free

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE – 51.71 (2017)
  • Commonwealth Record: Emma McKeon, AUS – 51.96 (2021)
  • Commonwealth Games Record: Bronte Campbell, AUS – 52.72 (2018)


Top 16:

  1. Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS) – 54.28
  2. Freya Anderson (ENG) – 54.83
  3. Shayna Jack (AUS) – 55.20
  4. Aimee Canny (RSA) – 55.27
  5. Rebecca Smith (CAN) – 55.32
  6. Emma McKeon (AUS) – 55.36
  7. Anna Hopkin (ENG) – 55.50
  8. Katerine Savard (CAN) – 55.61
  9. Emma Chelius (RSA) – 55.63
  10. Isabella Hindley (ENG) – 55.83
  11. Lucy Hope (SCO) – 55.87
  12. Victoria Catterson (NIR) – 55.97
  13. Erin Gallagher (RSA) – 56.10
  14. Emma Russell (SCO) – 56.12
  15. Rebecca Sutton (WAL) – 56.37
  16. Anna Hadjiloizou (CYP) – 56.48

Everybody held their cards close to their vests this morning in the women’s 100 free. Mollie O’Callaghan ended up with the top seed by over half a second in 54.28. That’s well off the 53.49 she went in Worlds prelims en route to her gold medal. Expect her and pretty much the rest of the field (especially the Aussies) to speed up in the semifinals.

Men’s 100 Butterfly

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


Top 16:

  1. Josh Liendo (CAN) – 51.36
  2. Jamie Ingram (ENG) – 52.17
  3. J Peters (ENG) – 52.18
  4. Matthew Temple (AUS) – 52.28
  5. Cody Simpson (AUS) – 52.47
  6. James Guy (ENG) – 52.49
  7. Teong Tzen Wei (SGP) – 52.58
  8. Quah Zheng Wei (SGP) – 52.63
  9. Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 52.65
  10. Finlay Knox (CAN) – 52.97
  11. Lewis Fraser (WAL) – 53.16
  12. Abeku Jackson (GHA) – 53.60
  13. Bryan Xin Ren Leong (MAS) – 53.94
  14. Matthew Sates (RSA) – 54.02
  15. Gregor Swinney (SCO) – 54.05
  16. Evan Jones (SCO) – 54.06

Josh Liendo dominated heat 6 of the men’s 100 fly, clocking 51.36 and winning by over a second ahead of Teong Tzen Wei. He ended up the top qualifier of the morning, after no one in heat 7 went faster. In that heat, it was Matthew Temple taking the win in 52.28, in front of 200 fly bronze medalist James Guy.

2018 champion and Games record holder Chad Le Clos finished fourth in the final heat in 52.65. That time was good for ninth overall, but in this crowded field, he’ll need to be faster to make the final.

Notably, Kyle Chalmers scratched the race, presumably to focus on the 100 free final.

Women’s 200 IM

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu, HUN – 2:06.12 (2015)
  • Commonwealth Record: Siobhan Marie O’Connor, ENG – 2:06.68 (2016)
  • Commonwealth Games Record: Siobhan Marie O’Connor, ENG – 2:08.21 (2014)


Top 8:

  1. Summer McIntosh (CAN) – 2:12.12
  2. Rebecca Meder (RSA) – 2:12.57
  3. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAN) – 2:13.18
  4. Abbie Wood (ENG)/Abbey Harkin (AUS) – 2:13.24
  5. Ella Ramsay (AUS) – 2:14.03
  6. Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 2:14.23
  7. Alicia Wilson (ENG) – 2:14.89

In her second swim of the morning, Kaylee McKeown finished fourth in her heat, sneaking into the final in seventh with a 2:14.23. She’ll have this same double tonight, though with the medal ceremonies she should have more time between her swims.

However, it might be a tough ask for her to beat Summer McIntosh. McIntosh swam the top time of the morning in 2:12.12, and after her blazing 400 IM, looks like the swimmer to beat. South Africa’s Rebecca Meder didn’t let her get too far away though, touching .45 behind McIntosh to take second in their heat and overall.

Abbie Wood and Abbey Harkin tied for fourth in 2:13.24, setting up a potentially crowded race for the medals.

Women’s 100 Breast

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


Top 16:

  1. Lara van Niekerk (RSA) – 1:06.40
  2. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 1:07.10
  3. Molly Renshaw (ENG) – 1:07.40
  4. Chelsea Hodges (AUS) – 1:07.68
  5. Jenna Strauch (AUS) – 1:07.80
  6. Abbey Harkin (AUS) – 1:07.85
  7. Kara Aline Hanlon (SCO) – 1:07.99
  8. Kaylene Corbett (RSA) – 1:08.12
  9. Sophie Angus (CAN)/Imogen Clark (ENG) – 1:08.99
  10. Sim En Yi Letitia (SGP) – 1:09.29
  11. Sarah Vasey (ENG) – 1:09.62
  12. Laura Kinley (IOM) – 1:10.66
  13. Jinq En Phee (MAS) – 1:11.32
  14. Lanihel Connolly (COK) – 1:11.90
  15. Lillian Louise Higgs (BAH) – 1:12.67

Lara van Niekerk continued rolling in the women’s 100 breast. The new Commonwealth Games champion and record-holder in the 50 breast, van Niekerk swam 1:06.40 for the top time of the morning. It was a strong swim for her as it’s less than a second off the best she set at South African Championships in April, which sets her up well for the later rounds.

The South Africans look like they could sweep the women’s breaststroke, as 200 breast champion Tatjana Schoenmaker qualified second in an easy 1:07.10. With Kaylene Corbett making it through to the semis as well, all three South African women advance to the next round.

England and Australia also got their three entrants into the semifinals. Sitting in 4-5-6, the Australian trio of Chelsea Hodges, Jenna Strauch, and Abbey Harkin are looking dangerous. The Aussie men looked strong in their 100 breast and like they were getting closer to solving their breaststroke problems for their medley relay. Hodges had the split of her life in Tokyo, but breaststroke as also been a weak spot for their relay as well, so we’ll see if the women can also take the next step. Notably, Harkin swam back-to-back in the 200 IM/100 breast, advancing to the next round of both races.

After missing the 50 breast final where she was the defending champion, Sarah Vasey qualified 12th here in 1:09.62.

Women’s 800 Free

  • World Record: Katie Ledecky, USA – 8:04.79 (2016)
  • Commonwealth Record: Ariarne Titmus, AUS – 8:13.83 (2021)
  • Commonwealth Games Record: Jazmin Carlin, WAL – 8:18.11 (2014)


Top 8:

  1. Lani Pallister (AUS) – 8:32.67
  2. Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 8:36.17
  3. Eve Thomas (NZL) – 8:39.01
  4. Kiah Melverton (AUS) – 8:40.29
  5. Mabel Zavaros (CAN) – 8:40.31
  6. Katrina Bellio (CAN) – 8:42.42
  7. Michaela Pulford (RSA) – 8:48.84
  8. Harper Jean Barrowman (CAY) – 9:16.49

In her return to competition after withdrawing from Worlds before the 800 free final due to COVID-19, Lani Pallister looked controlled, winning the first semifinal in 8:32.67. She was comfortably ahead of New Zealand’s Eve Thomas, who finished second in 8:39.01. Thomas finished seventh in Budapest, though she clocked her best time 8:27.82 in prelims. She’ll look to reverse that trend in day 5’s final.

The second heat was closer, with Ariarne Titmus just doing what she needed to do. There were only 10 entries for the 800 free, so with only two swimmers getting cut before the final, Titmus didn’t need to drop anything crazy. She touched in 8:36.17 ahead of teammate Kiah Melverton. Melverton won silver at Worlds in 8:18.77, dropping over ten seconds from her prelims swim, so watch for her to get a lot faster in the final as well.

With Pallister, Titmus, and Melverton placed well, the Aussie women have set themselves up to sweep another podium.

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4 months ago

about time the swim community gives Cody some respect. Brett H did a great job with him

Reply to  Meathead
4 months ago

He is already a Gold medallist…

Miss M
4 months ago

Abbey Harkin had a worse double than Kaylee: 200IM and then 10 minutes later 100Br.

She has a bit more of a gap tonight.

Reply to  Miss M
4 months ago

Her double was tighter but a 200 back is infinitely more tiring than a 100 breast

Miss M
Reply to  Sub13
4 months ago

As a breaststroker, I begrudgingly admit that is true. But a 10 minute gap is brutal, especially as Abbey couldn’t cruise and guarantee to make it through.

4 months ago

When do the relay sheets come out…?

Reply to  torchbearer
4 months ago

Like the entrants for each country? Usually not long before the session starts

The unoriginal Tim
4 months ago

2:17.9 to make the W2BK final
9:16 to make the W800Free final


Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
4 months ago

Everyone knows there isn’t too much depth. But literally half the events have either been won by the world champion, had a faster time than the world champion or both so far.

Reply to  Sub13
4 months ago

yeah but it’s less enjoyable than Worlds because there’s less competition here

Reply to  Sub13
4 months ago

Well I don’t think there’s a surprise in many events in the women’s side besides the women 50m breaststroke and most these won by reigning Olympic champion or world champion

Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
4 months ago

Nobody from England in either event when countries are allowed three really hurts the depth. Scotland and Wales also had no representation in the 800.

NornIron Swim
4 months ago

No semis. No b-finals. Not in meets like this.
1500s and 800s should be HDW. Fastest 8 seeds into the evening heat to duke it out. The depth simply isn’t there.

I don’t get bored of international meets but I got bored last night watching finals. It’s like watching a poorly attended Nationals.

Reply to  NornIron Swim
4 months ago

yeah also the medals ceremonies last too long

Reply to  NornIron Swim
4 months ago

I ended up watching the football which extended into extra time, then fast forwarding through the swimming on iPlayer.

Tracy Kosinski
4 months ago

Way to go 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦!!!!

4 months ago

Anyone know what time Mens 100 free is tonight?

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Kelsey
4 months ago

first event in the session

Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
4 months ago

Thankyou!! I’ll probably watch the rest on replay but keen to see 100 free final

4 months ago

There must’ve been a team meeting with the Aussies.
It’s a take it easy day.

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