WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE
- 2010 Champion – Meagan Nay (AUS) – 2:07.56
- Commonwealth Games Record –Meagan Nay (AUS) – 2:07.56 (2010)
- Commonwealth Record – Belinda Hocking (AUS) – 2:06.06 (2011)
The Australia women took gold and silver in the first event of the evening. Belinda Hocking, 2011 and 2013 World Championships silver medalist took gold in a new games record time of 2:07.24. Emily Seebohm who won the 100 backstroke earlier in the competition finished second in a time of 2:08.51, collecting her the 10th Commonwealth medal of her career.
Hocking came into the event with the top ranked time in the world having posted a 2:06.40 in February. She turned fifth at the halfway point splitting a time of 1:03.62, trailing Canadian Hilary Caldwell who led the race turning in a time of 1:02.94. By the 150 meter mark Hocking took the lead and would never relinquish it winning the event and breaking Meagan Nay’s 2010 games record of 2:07.56.
In Barcelona Hocking was the Australian who caught and passed Caldwell in the final 50 meters to capture silver and leave the Canadian with the bronze. In this evenings final it was Seebohm who took the silver away from Caldwell. Heading into the final 50 meters Caldwell had a lead of just over a second, Seebohm ended up catching and passing the Canadian splitting a 31.51 compared to Caldwell’s 32.81.
Caldwell finished in third touching in a time of 2:08.55 four one-hundredths of a second behind Seebohm.
Elizabeth Simmonds of England, who won the silver in 2010, finished in fourth posting a time of 2:09.29. Her teammate Lauren Quigley finished fifth in a season’s best time of 2:09.51.
Madison Wilson of Australia, a last minute substitute for an injured Nay finished sixth in a time of 2:10.35.
Canadians Genevieve Cantin and Sinead Russell finished seventh and eighth. Cantin finished in a time of 2:10.91 while Russell, who challenge in the first half of the race, finished eighth in a time of 2:12.61.
MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE
- 2010 Champion – Brent Hayden (CAN) – 47.98
- Commonwealth Games Record – Brent Hayden (CAN) – 47.98 (2010)
- Commonwealth Record – Eamon Sullivan (AUS) – 47.05 (2008)
The James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy rivalry continued, with Magnussen winning this round. Magnussen took the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 48.11 while McEvoy collected his second silver medal of the games touching in a time of 48.34. The times were disappointing considering that the two were coming in with season’s bests of 47.59 and 47.65 respectively.
Although the times were less than stellar the race between the two did not disappoint. McEvoy took the first 50 meters out in a time of 23.26 while Magnussen turned in the third place position hitting the wall in a time of 23.45. He went on to out swim McEvoy in the final half of the race splitting a 27.66 while McEvoy put up a 25.08 in the final 50 meters.
The two will race again at the upcoming Pan Pacific Championships and with the likes of Nathan Adrian in the mix expect the two Aussies to have stronger performances.
Tomasso D’Orsonga completed the Aussie podium sweep taking the bronze in a time of 49.04.
Canadian Yuri Kisil shaved more than half a second off his lifetime best placing fourth in a time of 49.27.
Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago finished fifth in a time of 49.56 followed by Adam Brown of England who posted a 49.63, Leith Skankland of South Africa who recorded a 49.81 and James Disney-May of England who finished in a time of 49.96.
WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE SEMI-FINALS
- 2010 Champion – Alicia Coutts (AUS) – 54.09
- Commonwealth Games Record – Bronte Campbell (AUS) – 53.02 (2014)
- Commonwealth Record – Cate Campbell (AUS) – 52.33 (2013)
Cate Campbell of Australia took the second semi-final of the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.19, going into tomorrow night’s final with the fastest qualifying time. Campbell was still a ways off her season’s best of 52.68, which she posted at the Australian Championships. She was followed by sister Bronte Campbell who posted a time of 53.67. Bronte set the games record in the event on the first night of competition posting a time 53.02 leading off the Australian 4 x 100 freestyle relay, that not only captured Commonwealth gold, but set a new world record.
Expect both Campbell sisters to push each other to better performances tomorrow evening.
The Campbell’s Australian teammate and 200 freestyle champion Emma McKeon was the third fastest qualifier winning the first semi-final in a time of 53.92. Considering that McKeon split a 52.91 in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay she should also have the ability to step her level of performance in tomorrow night’s final.
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas was the next fastest qualifier finishing in a time of 54.41 followed by Fran Halsall of England who recorded a time of 54.88.
Three Canadians took the final three spots in the final. Sandrine Mainville posted a 55.09 followed by Victoria Poon who touched in a time of 55.19 and Alyson Ackman who finished in a time of 55.71.
MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – SEMI-FINAL
- 2010 Champion – Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) – 27.18
- Commonwealth Games Record – Adam Peaty (ENG) – 27.00 (2014)
- Commonwealth Record – Cameron van der Burg (RSA) – 26.67 (2009)
This morning 100 breaststroke champion Adam Peaty of England took down South African Cameron van der Burgh‘s games record, posting a time of 27.00, to enter the semi-final as the top qualifier. In tonight’s semi-final van der Burgh took that record back finishing in a time of 26.80, the second fastest time in the world next to Christian Sprenger who posted a 26.74 earlier in the year.
Peaty was the second fastest qualifier beating his own British posting a 26.99. Australian Christian Sprenger, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury and missed the 100 breaststroke final, qualified with the third fastest time of 27.11.
Mark Tully qualified with the fourth fastest time of 27.37 followed by teammate Ross Murdoch who posted a 27.41.
Glenn Snyders of New Zealand was the sixth fastest qualified recording a time of 27.43 followed by Joe Welstead of Scotland who touched in a time of 27.73 and Richard Funk of Canada who finished in a time of 27.93.
WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE SB9
Sophie Pascoe of Australia took the women’s 100 breaststroke SB9 in a time of 1;19.36 she was followed by Madeleine Scott who just out touched Erraid Davies of Scotland. Scott took the silver in a time of 1:21.38 while Davies took the bronze in a time of 1:21.68.
Canadians Aurelie Rivard and Katarina Roxon finished fourth and fifth. Rivard posted a time of 1:22.30 while Roxon recorded a 1:23.95.
Katerine Downie of Australia finished sixth in a time of 1:24.04 followed by Nikita Howarth who touched in a time of 1:33.21.
WOMEN’S 200 IM
- 2010 Champion – Alicia Coutts (AUS) – 2:09.70
- Commonwealth Games Record – Alicia Coutts (AUS) – 209.70 (2010)
- Commonwealth Record – Stephanie Rice (AUS) – 2:07.03 (2009)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of England picked up her third individual medal of the competition winning the women’s 200 IM in a new games record time of 2:08.21. O’Connor, who took silver in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, broke Alica Coutts’ 2010 record of 2:09.70 and with that time is now the top ranked swimmer in the world. O’Connor has made some incredible improvements over the last week and this event was no different, as she dropped almost a second and a half off her previous best of 2:08.21.
O’Connor who also set a new British record has improved by more than two seconds over the last year.
2010 champion Alicia Coutts of Australia picked up her first individual medal of the competition posting a time of 2:10.30. In 2010 Coutts won three individual golds in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 IM.
Coutts was followed by Scotland’s Hannah Miley who took her second individual medal of the competition. On the first night of competition in the pool Miley got the home crowd on the their feet as she dominated the 400 IM earning Scotland’s its first swimming gold.
Amy Willmott of England finished fourth in a time of 2:11.25 she was followed by Canadian Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson who recorded a lifetime best of 2:11.76.
Sophie Allen of England finished sixth in a time of 2:12.01 followed by Emily Seebohm who posted a time of 2:14.37 and Canadian Sydney Pickrem who finished in a time of 2:14.91.
MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – SEMI-FINAL
- 2010 Champion – Georff Huegill (AUS) – 51.69
- Commonwealth Games Record – Geoff Huegill (AUS) – 51.69
- Commonwealth Record – Jason Dunford (KEN) – 50.78 (2009)
Adam Barrett of England won the first semi-final of the men’s 100 butterfly in a time of 52.00 and will go into the final as the fastest qualifier. Chad le Clos of South Africa posted a season’s best to win the second semi-final in a time of 52.12.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore broke his country’s national record posting a time of 52.22. Schooling took down his own record of 52.33 which he set in 2013.
Christopher Wright of Australia qualified fifth in a time of 52.58 followed by Australian teammate Tomasso D’Orsogna who hit the wall in a time of 52.74.
James Guy of England had the sixth fastest qualifying time of 52.78 followed by Jason Dunford of Kenya who recorded a 52.94 and Jaden Hadler of Australia who finished in a time of 53.12.
WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – SEMI-FINAL
- 2010 Champion – Leisel Jones (AUS) – 1:05.84
- Commonwealth Games Record – Leisel Jones (AUS) – 1:05.09 (2006)
- Commonwealth Record – Leisel Jones (AUS) – 1:05.09 (2006)
Jamaican Alia Atkinson took the first semi-final of the women’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:06.87. Atkinson just missed her season’s best of 1:06.86 and was not far off her lifetime best of 1:06.79, which she posted at the Olympics in 2012. Earlier in the competition Atkinson finished second in the 50 breaststroke to Leiston Pickett and seventh in the 200 breaststroke.
Sophie Taylor of England, who came into the games with the second fastest time in the Commonwealth next to Atkinson, just missed her season’s best of 1:07.08 posting a 1:07.20 en route to winning the second semi-final.
Lorna Tonks and Sally Hunter of Australia were the next two fastest qualifiers. Tonks posted a 1:07.65 while Hunter recorded a 1:07.97.
Canadian Tera van Belien qualified in sixth in a time of 1:08.11 followed by Katie Armitage of Scotland who touched in a time of 1:08.64, Kierra Smith of Canada who hit the wall in a time of 1:08.49 and Leiston Pickett of Australia who finished in a time of 1:08.83.
MEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE
- 2010 Champion – Liam Tancock (ENG) – 24.62
- Commonwealth Games Record – Liam Tancock (ENG) – 24.62 (2010)
- Commonwealth Record – Liam Tancock (GBR) – 24.04 (2009)
For the third time this evening the Australians collected the gold in silver in an event. Ben Treffers and Mitch Larkin finished first and second in the men’s 50 backstroke. Treffers took the event in a time of 24.67 while Larkin posted a 24.80. Treffers just missed Liam Tancock’s 2010 Commonwealth record of 24.62, he was also just off his season’s best of 24.54, which currently ranks third in the world.
Larkin, who is not a particularly good 50 backstroker, came out of nowhere to win the silver beating his season and lifetime best time of 25.34.
Commonwealth record holder Liam Tancock of England took the bronze in a time of 24.98. It is a far cry from Tancock’s best, but it is a season’s best by almost half a second. He was followed by teammate and 100 backstroke champion Chris Walker-Hebborn who recorded a time of 25.14.
Josh Beaver of Australia finished fifth in a time of 25.19 followed by Marco Loughran of Wales who posted a 25.36, Russell Wood of Canada who touched in a time of 25.55 and Zheng Wen Quah of Singapore who finished in a time of 26.26.
WOMEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY
- 2010 Champion – Fran Halsall (ENG) – 26.24
- Commonwealth Games Record – Fran Halsall (ENG) – 25.36 (2014)
- Commonwealth Record – Fran Halsall (AUS) – 25.36 (2009)
After breaking both the games and Commonwealth record in the prelims posting a 25.36 Fran Halsall repeated that feat in the final once again tonight. Halsall, who swam in the 100 freestyle semi-final earlier in the evening, took the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 24.20. That puts Halsall ahead of Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark in the world rankings with only Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden ahead of her.
Halsall will face both Sjostrom and Ottesen at the European Championships in Berlin later this summer.
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas broke her own national record of 25.90, which she posted in the semi-final, taking the silver medal in a time of 25.53. This is a big accomplishment for the small nation who did not have a participant in the swimming events in 2010.
Brittany Elmslie of Australia picked up the bronze in a time of 25.91.
Amy Smith of England finished fourth in a time of 26.24 followed by Li Tao of Singapore who touched in a time of 26.26.
Canadian Katerine Savard, who took gold in the women’s 100 butterfly, finished sixth in a time of 26.27 followed by Alicia Coutts of Australia who recorded a 26.52 and Sandrine Mainville of Canada who finished in a time of 26.64.
MEN’S 4 X 200 FREESTYLE RELAY
- 2010 Champion – Australia – 7:10.29
- Commonwealth Games Record – 7:10.29 (2010)
- Commonwealth Record – 7:01.65 (2009)
In predictable fashion the Australian team made up of Cameron McEvoy (1:48.10), David McKeon (1:45.82), Ned McKendry (1:48.28) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:45.18) took the gold in the men’s 4 x 200 freestyle in a time of 7:07.38 setting a new Commonwealth record.
The story of the event though was the race for the silver between the home country Scotland and the South Africans. The two teams raced neck and neck up until the final 50 meters:
- Scotland – Daniel Wallace (1:47.37)/3:34.54 – Stephen Milne (1:47.17)/5:21.72 – Duncan Scott (1:47.18)/7:09.18 – Robbie Renwick (1:47.46)
- South Africa – Devon Brown (1:47.49)/3:34.62 – Chad le Clos (1:47.13)/5:21.65 – Sebestian Rousseau (1:47.03)/7:10.36 – Dylan Bosch (1:48.71)
The Scottish was not only under the old games record posting a 7:09.18, but they set a new Scottish record by more than five seconds, breaking the 2006 record of 7:14.40. The South Africans finished third in a time of 7:10.36.
The English finished fourth with a time of 7:12.66 followed by New Zealand who posted a 7:14.63, Wales who recorded a 7:15.96, Malaysia who touched in a time of 7:26.74 and Singapore who finished in a time of 7:28.01.