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)
Canadian Taylor Ruck went head-to-head with Australians Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon in the women’s 200 freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games, emerging with the gold medal in a time of 1:54.81. That swim breaks McKeon’s Games Record of 1:55.57 set four years ago in Glasgow, her Commonwealth Record of 1:54.83 from 2016, and also breaks Ruck’s own Canadian Record of 1:56.85 set earlier this year at the Atlanta Pro Swim by two full seconds.
Ruck and McKeon were out fast, leading the field by a wide margin at the halfway mark, but Titmus began to make up some ground on the third 50. Titmus made a huge charge on the last 50, closing in 28.8, but Ruck managed to hold her off and win the race by just .04, with Titmus touching for silver in 1:54.85.
Check out a split comparison of Ruck’s new and previous Canadian Record swims below, set just over a month apart. Looking at the splits, the main difference came on the back half:
|Ruck – 2018 Atlanta Pro Swim||Ruck – 2018 Commonwealth Games|
|29.62 (56.50)||29.36 (56.04)|
|30.25 (1:26.75)||29.63 (1:25.67)|
|30.10 (1:56.85)||29.14 (1:54.81)|
In the all-time rankings, Ruck ties Missy Franklin for 7th all-time with her 1:54.81, while Titmus slips into 10th, coming just .02 off of McKeon’s National Record.
ALL-TIME PERFORMERS, WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE
Fastest Performers Ever
This is a great start to the meet for Ruck, who will also be a medal threat in the 100 free, 100 back and 200 back, not to mention a key cog on the Canadian relays. She’ll swim the 400 free relay to close out this session a bit later on.