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)
Closing out the opening day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Australian women delighted the home crowd with a new world record in the 400 free relay. The quartet of Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell clocked 3:30.05, winning over the Canadians by nearly four seconds. They break their previous record of 3:30.65 set at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Check out a comparison of their splits and the splits of the previous world record below:
|Australia – 2016 Olympics||Australia – 2018 Commonwealth Games|
|Emma McKeon (53.47)||Shayna Jack (54.03)|
|Brittany Elmslie (53.12)||Bronte Campbell (52.03)|
|Bronte Campbell (52.15)||Emma McKeon (52.99)|
|Cate Campbell (51.97)||Cate Campbell (51.00)|
Obviously of note is Cate Campbell‘s anchor leg of 51.00, the fastest in history and nearly a full second faster than she was in Rio. The previous fastest ever was her 51.59 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, based on our findings. Bronte also had a very impressive 52.03 leg, and McKeon was sub-53 as well.
The addition of Cate obviously makes a huge difference from last year, where they lost the gold to the United States, swimming almost two seconds slower than they did tonight.
The Canadians won silver in 3:33.92, with Taylor Ruck splitting a scintillating 51.82. She joins the elusive list of swimmers who have split sub-52, which includes both Cate and Bronte, along with Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.