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
Just days before the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, event line-ups are going through final tweaking to ensure the best outcome for each nation vying for medals.
Mitch Larkin, two-time World Champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist, has decided to pare down his schedule by one event, dropping the 400m IM. Originally slated to take on his pet events, the 50m/100m/200m backstroke, in addition to the 200m IM and 400m IM, the St. Peters Western athlete decided 15 minutes between the 400m IM final and 100m backstroke final, should Larkin had made both medal-deciding races, would have rendered him not at his best.
Coach Dean Boxall states, “He’s definitely conditioned to do it, but this is a major international meet where he’s pushing to try and win and that may have taken the edge off him. Maybe not, but that’s what we thought.” (Australian Press)
Instead, Clyde Lewis, Larkin’s St. Peters Western teammate who is already contesting the 200m IM in the Gold Coast, will have the 400m IM added to his meet line-up.
For the women, 19-year-old Shayna Jack will indeed be sliding into the women’s 100m freestyle spot vacated by Olympic silver medalist Emma McKeon. As reported, McKeon decided to drop the sprint free event in favor of focusing on her other races in her monster schedule, including the 100m/200m fly, 200m freestyle and totality of Australian relays.
Action kicks off on Thursday, April 5th at the Optus Aquatic Centre.