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
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- Event Schedule
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- Day 6 Prelims Heat Sheet
The final prelims session of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is upon us, and it’s a short one. This morning’s action features only prelims of the men’s 200 IM, women’s 400 free, and men’s 4×100 medley relay.
One of the most exciting races in tonight’s finals will be the women’s 400 free. While we’ve grown accustomed to watching fierce Katie Ledecky vs Ariarne Titmus battles in the event, Ledecky is, of course, not competing at these Games. Instead it will be Canadian 15-year-old Summer McIntosh who will be taking up the mantle to try and challenge the World Record holder. It may seem like an impossible feat, but McIntosh is swimming well, and it’s possible she could end up pushing Titmus much harder than many might expect her to tonight.
The men’s 200 IM is a pretty deep field for these Games. Scotland’s Duncan Scott is entered with a speedy 1:55.28, and he’s likely the favorite. Afterall, Scott is the Commonwealth Record holder (1:55.28) in the event, and he swam that record just last summer. However, there are a lot of fast swimmers IM’ers in this field, including England’s Tom Dean, South Africa’s Matt Sates, the Canadian duo of Finlay Knox and Javier Acevedo, and Australian Mitch Larkin, who is the defending Commonwealth Games champion in the event
MEN’S 200 IM – HEATS
- World Record: 1:54.00, Ryan Lochte (USA) – 2011
- Commonwealth Record: 1:55.28, Duncan Scott – 2021
- Commonwealth Games Record: 1:57.67, Mitch Larkin (AUS) – 2018
- 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Mitch Larkin (AUS) – 1:57.67
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Tom Dean (ENG) – 1:59.36
- Finlay Knox (CAN) – 1:59.67
- Duncan Scott (SCO) – 2:00.41
- Se-Bom Lee (AUS) – 2:00.62
- Mark Szaranek (SCO) – 2:00.81
- Lewis Clareburt (NZL) – 2:01.12
- Brendon Smith (AUS) – 2:01.17
- James David McFadzen (ENG) – 2:01.44
England’s Tom Dean led the 200 IM this morning, finishing as one of two swimmers to crack 2:00 in the heats. Interestingly, Dean, who is primarily a freestyler, broke away from his competitors on the breaststroke leg this morning, splitting a very solid 34.53. Canadian Record holder Finlay Knox was the other swimmer to dip under 2:00, coming home in a speedy 28.13 to post the 2nd fastest time of the morning.
Commonwealth Record holder Duncan Scott will also be in the middle of the pool tonight, after cruising to a 2:00.41 this morning. Scott had a really nice backstroke split this morning, swimming a 29.88 on that leg.
Notably, defending Commonwealth Games champion and Commonwealth Games Record holder Mitch Larkin of Australia is out of tonight’s final after finishing 9th this morning. It almost appeared as though Larkin was too conservative taking the race out this morning and tried to get back into it at the end, but ultimately fell just short. Larkin, one of the best backstrokers in this field, only split 30.64 on the back leg this morning, marking the 6th-fastest back split in the field. His breaststroke only came in at 36.39, then he had a strong 28.41 on the free leg, but it wasn’t enough.
Canadian Javier Acevedo did not swim the race the morning.
WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – HEATS
- World Record: 3:56.40, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 2022
- Commonwealth Record: 3:56.40, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 2022
- Commonwealth Games Record: 4:00.93, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 2018
- 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 4:00.93
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Erika Fairweather (NZL) – 4:07.27
- Summer McIntosh (CAN) – 4:07.36
- Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 4:08.25
- Lani Pallister (AUS) – 4:09.77
- Ella Jansen (CAN) – 4:11.02
- Kiah Melverton (AUS) – 4:11.04
- Eve Thomas (NZL) – 4:11.50
- Dune Coetzee (RSA) – 4:14.92
In a fairly relaxed prelims of the women’s 400 free, New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather picked up the top seed for tonight’s final. Fairweather was racing right next to Canadian 15-year-old Summer McIntosh, trailing her right up until the end of the race. McIntosh was out faster and held her lead all the way up until the final 50m of the race, when Fairweather turned it on to get her hand on the wall before McIntosh.
Ariarne Titmus was clearly cruising this morning, splitting 31.32 on the 2nd 50, then holding at 31 all the way until the final 50 of the race. We can expect much faster racing tonight, and it should be a really fun race to watch.
MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – HEATS
- World Record: 3:26.78, United States of America – 2021
- Commonwealth Record: 3:27.51, Great Britain – 2021
- Commonwealth Games Record: 3:31.04, Australia – 2018
- 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Australia – 3:31.04
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Australia – 3:34.35
- England – 3:35.88
- Scotland – 3:40.41
- Wales – 3:41.62
- Jersey – 3:52.68
- Fiji – 3:57.43
- Guernsey – 3:59.47
Australia turned in a really solid performance this morning, taking the first heat in 3:34.35. Mitch Larkin led the squad off in 54.46, then was followed by Sam Williamson with a 1:00.15 breaststroke split. Cody Simpson made an appearance to swim the fly leg this morning, clocking a solid 51.49, and William Xu Yang anchored the team in 48.25. We know the Aussies can be faster tonight, so it will be interesting to see what changes they make to the lineup for finals.
England handily took the 2nd prelims heat this morning, posting a 3:35.88. Luke Greenbank got the English out to a solid start, splitting 54.28 on backstroke, which was the fastest back leg in the field this morning. Greg Butler clocked a 1:00.79 on the breast leg, Jacob Thomas Taylor Peters was 52.30 on fly, and Jacob Whittle anchored in 48.51.
Canada finished 3rd overall this morning but was disqualified.
With Canada out, only 7 teams remain, meaning all relays that swum this morning advanced to the final tonight.