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Commonwealth Games: Matthew Cowdrey Sets ParaSport World Record During Day Three Finals -- October 6, 2010

DELHI, India, October 6. THE third day of long course meter finals is complete at the Commonwealth Games held in India.

Men's 200 back finals
England's James Goddard started off the evening with a swift time in the event. He clocked a Games-record effort of 1:55.58 to move to fourth in the world rankings. That performance crushed the previous record of 1:58.65 set by Gregor Tait in 2006. New Zealand's Gareth Kean popped a 1:57.37 to secure a silver medal, bettering his 14th-ranked season best of 1:57.78 from Junior Pan Pacs. He now moves up to a ninth-place tie with Benjamin Stasiulis in the rankings. Australia's Ashley Delaney rounded out the podium with a time of 1:58.18, short of his now 16th-ranked season best of 1:57.78.


England's Christopher Walker-Hebborn (1:59.00), Canada's Charles Francis (2:00.07), Wales' Marco Loughran (2:00.11), Canada's Tobias Oriwol (2:00.24) and England's Ryan Bennett (2:01.86) also competed for the title.

Women's 100 free finals
Australia's Alicia Coutts continued her breakout meet with her second gold-medal winning performance. After clocking the fastest swim in a textile suit in the 200 IM on day one, she returned with a triumphant 54.09 in the 100 free tonight. The time tied her with Femke Heemskerk for ninth in the world rankings this year. Australian teammate Emily Seebohm captured silver with a 54.30, while England's Fran Halsall earned third in 54.57.

New Zealand's Hayley Palmer (54.68), England's Amy Smith (54.91), Canada's Victoria Poon (55.04), New Zealand's Natasha Hind (55.44) and England's Emma Saunders (56.17) comprised the rest of the championship heat.

ParaSport Men's S9 50 free finals
Australia's Matthew Cowdrey clipped his own world record with a winning time of 25.33. That swim beat his 2008 mark of 25.34, set at the Beijing Paralympics, by the slimmest of margins. He also smashed his Games record of 25.66 set during qualifying this year. England's Simon Miller finished second in 26.70, while India's Prasanta Karmakar took third in 27.48.

Australia's Benjamin Austin (27.53), Australia's Blake Cochrane (27.68), Scotland's Sean Fraser (28.63), Northern Ireland's Laurence McGivern (28.95) and India's Sachin Verma (29.37) also swam in the finale.

Women's 200 breast finals
Australia's Leisel Jones captured her third straight title in the event with a 2:25.38, defending her previous victories in 2002 and 2006. Teammate Tessa Wallace placed second overall in 2:25.60, while Sarah Katsoulis completed the Aussie podium sweep with a third-place 2:25.92.

Canada's Martha McCabe finished fourth in 2:26.46, while teammate and world-record holder Annamay Pierse fell back to fifth overall in 2:27.21. England's Stacey Tadd (2:28.48), Scotland's Hannah Miley (2:30.20) and Scotland's Kerry Buchan (2:31.18) rounded out the championship field.

Men's 50 fly finals
Kenya's Jason Dunford became the first swimmer from his country to win Commonwealth gold with a 23.35 to move to sixth in the world rankings. Meanwhile, Australia's Geoff Huegill placed second in 23.37 after staging a remarkable comeback from retirement, including the third-ranked time of 23.27 from Pan Pacs. South Africa's Roland Schoeman completed the podium with a 23.44, just off his now seventh-ranked time of 23.39.

Australia's Mitchell Patterson (23.65), Papau New Guinea's Ryan Pini (23.88), England's Antony James (24.29), India's Virdhawal Khade (24.61) and Scotland's Andrew Mayor (24.63) also vied for the title.

Women's 100 back finals
Australia's Emily Seebohm became the first woman in Games history to break 1:00 with a meet-record time of 59.79. She lowered her qualifying Games record of 1:00.28, but fell well short of her second-ranked season best of 59.21 from March. England's Gemma Spofforth nearly cleared 1:00 herself with a second-place 1:00.02, while Canada's Julia Wilkinson picked up a podium spot with a third-place 1:00.74.

Australia's Sophie Edington (1:00.81), Australia's Belinda Hocking (1:00.81), Wales' Georgia Davies (1:01.05), New Zealand's Melissa Ingram (1:01.14) and Canada's Sinead Russell (1:01.42) comprised the rest of the finale.

Men's 100 breast finals
South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh turned on the jet when it counted with a Games-record time of 1:00.10. He downed Christian Sprenger's qualifying record of 1:00.45, and moved to fourth in the world rankings with the effort. Sprenger, meanwhile, placed second in 1:00.29, but could not replicate his sixth-ranked season best of 1:00.18. Australia's Brenton Rickard completed the podium with a 1:00.46.

Scotland's Michael Jamieson (1:00.60), Canada's Scott Dickens (1:00.98), New Zealand's Glenn Snyders (1:01.39), Scotland's Kristopher Gilchrist (1:01.43) and England's Daniel Sliwinski (1:01.68) earned fourth through eighth in the finale.

Women's 800 free relay finals
Australia's Kylie Palmer, Blair Evans, Bronte Barratt and Meagen Nay raced to a Games-record victory in 7:53.71. That swim beat the 7:56.08 set by Australia back in 2006. New Zealand's Lauren Boyle, Penelope Marshall, Amaka Gessler and Natasha Hind placed second in 7:57.46, while England's Joanne Jackson, Rebecca Adlington, Emma Saunders and Sasha Matthews finished third in 7:58.61.

Canada (7:58.92), Scotland (8:06.85), Wales (8:08.50), Northern Ireland (8:13.02) and India (8:56.59) completed the top eight.

Men's 800 free relay finals
Australia swept the distance relays as Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Nicholas Ffrost, Ryan Napoleon and Kenrick Monk touched in 7:10.29. They cleared the Games record of 7:11.69 set by the Aussies back in 2002. Scotland's Andrew Hunter, David Carry, Jak Scott and Robert Renwick took second in 7:14.02, while South Africa's Jean Basson, Darian Townsend, Jan Venter and Chad Le Clos placed third in 7:14.18.

Canada (7:14.63), England (7:16.57), Malaysia (7:43.53) and India (7:46.18) also swam in the championship heat.

Semifinals
Australia's Eamon Sullivan (48.66) paced semis of the men's 100 free, falling just short of his ninth-ranked season best of 48.52, while Canada's Brent Hayden (48.74) finished second overall. Hayden, however, has demonstrated plenty of speed with a Games-record 48.18 as Canada's 400 free relay leadoff on the first day. South Africa's Gideon Louw (49.28), England's Simon Burnett (49.40), Australia's Tommaso D'Orsogna (49.52), South Africa's Graeme Moore (49.53), Australia's Kyle Richardson (49.60) and England's Adam Brown (49.65) grabbed the other transfer spots into the finale.

England's Ellen Gandy led the way in the women's 100 fly with a time of 58.24. That moved her up to 13th in the world rankings. Wales' Jemma Lowe finished second in 58.44 to grab 17th in the rankings, while Australia's Alicia Coutts put herself in position for a third gold with a third-place 58.46 to pick up 18th in the rankings. Australia's Felicity Galvez (58.61), Canada's Audrey Lacroix (59.09), Australia's Yolane Kukla (59.14), England's Jessica Sylvester (59.33) and Canada's Katerine Savard (59.46) also made finals.

Day Three Finals Results


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October 6, 2010 So the Break out swimmer of the meet (Alicia Coutts) was not even on the list!


Submitted by: aswimfan
October 6, 2010 Yes, the heat's oppressive and 12-hour bus rides to and from the pool aren't designed for anyone's comfort and the food isn't fit for man's favorite four-legged pet let alone human consumption.

But despite all that the Aussies are tearing up when it comes to medals and leaving England and Canada in the dust.

Since condtions are same for all competitors what's the Aussies' "unfair advantage"?

Mental toughness.

They don't get rattled.

They adapt to whatever circumstances/situations they encounter and use it to their advantage while other nations' athletes bitch and moan and cry, "Whoa is us!"

Next to US of A the Aussies are the toughest swimmers on the planet when it comes down to "laying it all on the line" -- at least among counries whose athletes are legit and don't win via "enhanced" (artificial?) means.

No names need be mentoned of course.
Submitted by: slickwillie32
October 6, 2010 not sure if all the aussie swimmers have that certain mental toughness; they lost quite a few of the races by .02 seconds!
Submitted by: aswimfan
October 6, 2010 True and Hurley bailed too.

Figue he would at least have stuck it out for another day or two and see how he felt @ that point.
Submitted by: slickwillie32
October 6, 2010 Goddard's time is also a Commonwealth record, surpassinthe 1:55.82 by Ausssie Ashley Delaney from last year's World Championship Trials meet.\

Goddard now ranks 11th all-time performers but is outside the all-time Top 25 performances.

However, if you take away ALL the non-textile performances Goddard ranks third all-time (performers) and he'd have the sixth-fastest performance ever.

Aaron Peirsol has the top four times (starting w/his 1:54.44 from the 2K6 Pan-Pacs in Victoria) amd Michael Phelps has a 1:55.30 from the spring 2K4 Nationals in Orlando. Then comes Goddard.
Submitted by: slickwillie32
October 6, 2010 slick, Lochte beat Goddard's time in 2007 and 2010 in just textile, and both Clary and Irie have also been faster in textile this year. So 6th all-time in a textile suit.
Submitted by: David Rieder
October 6, 2010 That's right David.
Lochte swam 1:54.12 in 2010 Pan Pacs and 1:54.32 in 2007 Melbourne already.
Clary swam 1:54.90 in 2010 Pan Pacs
Irie swam 1:55.11 in 2010 Osaka and 1:55.21 in 2010 Pan Pacs

Submitted by: aswimfan
October 6, 2010 OK, I stand corrected. Forgot that as of 01/01/10 new rules went into effect and that Lochte/Clary et al were using those suits.

I went back and recounted and taking into account times swum prior to '07 Worlds or after January 1 of this year there have been 18 performances @ 1:55.58 or faster by USA's Ryan Lochte/Aaron Peirsol/Michaeel Phelps/Tyler Clary, Japan's Ryo Irie, Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin and Goddard.

Top 3 performances are Lochte (1:54.12 from Pan-Pacs @ Irvine in August), Peirsol's 1:54.44 from 2006 Pan-Pacs in Victoria, and his 1:54.66 gold-medal winning swim @ 2005 World Championships in Montreal. Latter two times were world records.

The Top 3 performers are Lochte (1:54.12), Peirsol (1:54.44) and Clary's 1:54.90 from Pan-Pacs.

One other correction:

Ashley Delaney was NOT the Commonwealth record-holder in the 200 back before today.

Rather it was former Tennessee Vol George du Rand, who represents South Africa internationally.

At last year's Worlds Du Rand went a pr/NR 1:55.75 in the second semi-final. That time broke the old Commonwealth record of 1:55.82 by Delaney from last year's Aussie World Championship Trials in March.

Too bad Goddard was sick and unable to swim at Europeans last August as he might well have taken Russia's Stanislav Donets. the gold-medalist in 1:57.18, to the cleaners -- and beyond.




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