Commonwealth Games: Jazz Carlin Downs 36-Year-Old Games Record in 800 Free

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 27. THE oldest Commonwealth Games record in the book took a tumble as Tracey Wickham’s historic 800 free mark from 1978 was erased by Jazz Carlin during day four prelims.


Women’s 200 back
Canada’s Hilary Caldwell opened the fourth day right with a swift swim of 2:09.47 in the 200-meter backstroke qualifying heats. That performance vaulted her to 11th in the world rankings against a stacked field. England’s Ellie Simmonds, who is sixth in the world with a 2:08.91, took second in 2:10.81. Belinda Hocking of Australia, the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 2:06.40 from the NSW State Championships, charged to third in qualifying in 2:11.07.

Here are your finalists:
Canada’s Hilary Caldwell – 2:09.47
England’s Ellie Simmonds – 2:10.81
Australia’s Belinda Hocking – 2:11.07
Australia’s Emily Seebohm – 2:11.47
Australia’s Madi Wilson – 2:11.53
Canada’s Genevieve Cantin – 2:11.59
Canada’s Sinead Russell – 2:12.78
England’s Lauren Quigley – 2:13.45

Men’s 50 breast
England’s Adam Peaty scorched his prelim swim in the sprint breaststroke, breaking the British record in the process. Peaty clocked a time of 27.00, slamming his previous national record of 27.19 set during the Canet stop of the Mare Nostrum circuit. With today’s swim, he vaults from fifth in the world to second in the event behind only Christian Sprenger’s top-ranked 26.74 from the Australian Nationals. With Sprenger nursing a shoulder injury, Peaty has to be considered the odds-on favorite in the event now.

Sprenger, meanwhile, still managed to make the semis with a fifth-seeded effort of 27.57, while South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh posted a 27.39 for the second seed. Van der Burgh has been faster this year with a now third-ranked 27.05 from South African Nationals.

Here are your semifinalists:
England’s Adam Peaty – 27.00
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh – 27.39
Scotland’s Ross Murdoch – 27.44
New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders – 27.45
Australia’s Christian Sprenger – 27.57
Scotland’s Mark Tully – 27.77
Scotland’s Joe Welstead – 27.90
Wales’ Rob Holderness – 27.93
Canada’s Richard Funk – 28.02
India’s Sandeep Sejwal – 28.17
England’s James Wilby – 28.36
South Africa’s Brad Tandy – 28.57
Jersey’s Ian Black – 28.64
Ireland’s Michael Dawson – 28.92
Bahamas’ Dustin Tynes – 29.08
Australia’s Kenneth To – 29.17

Women’s 100 free
Australia’s Cate Campbell, likely out for some retribution after losing the 50 free to Fran Halsall, blasted prelims with a 53.20. That was nearly a second ahead of everyone else, and not too far off her world-leading 52.68 from Australian Nationals. Campbell should continue to turn up the heat throughout the next two rounds of swimming.

Campbell led a strong Aussie contingent in the event, a foregone conclusion considering Australia just smoked the world record in the 400-meter freestyle relay on night one. Emma McKeon (54.19) and Bronte Campbell (54.42) took second and third in prelims. Both have been faster this year with McKeon (53.43) and Campbell (53.02) both in the 53s.

England’s Fran Halsall, the hot hand here at the Commonwealth Games after winning the 50 free and topping 50 fly qualifying, tied Bronte Campbell for third in qualifying.

Here are your semifinalists:
Australia’s Cate Campbell – 53.20
Australia’s Emma McKeon – 54.19
Australia’s Bronte Campbell – 54.42
England’s Fran Halsall – 54.42
Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – 54.90
Canada’s Sandrine Mainville – 55.16
Canada’s Victoria Poon – 55.60
New Zealand’s Samantha Lucie-Smith – 55.71
Canada’s Alyson Ackman – 55.77
England’s Amy Smith – 55.99
England’s Becki Turner – 56.02
Bahamas’ Ariel Weech – 56.50
South Africa’s Erin Gallagher – 56.53
Wales’ Hannah McCarthy – 56.53
South Africa’s Trudi Maree – 57.20
Singapore’s Nur Marina Chan Si Min Alif Abdullah – 57.37

Women’s 100 breast SB9
New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe cruised to the top time in prelims with a 1:19.71. She has some serious time to drop in finals to challenge Jessica Sloan’s Paralympic world record of 1:16.93 from the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Scotland’s Erraid Davies, the youngest swimmer on the national team at 13, qualified second in 1:22.08 with Australia’s Madeleine Scott earning third overall in 1:22.28.

Women’s 200 IM
The two top-ranked swimmers in the world set up a phenomenal head-to-head matchup in the finale as England’s Siobhan O’Connor (2:11.42) and Australia’s Alicia Coutts (2:12.00) went 1-2 in qualifying. O’Connor has been on point here in Glasgow all week, and should give a run at her second-ranked season best of 2:09.63 from the Barcelona stop of the Mare Nostrum. Coutts, the defending champion, on the other hand has not looked the best throughout the week. She will need a special swim to come close to her top-ranked 2:08.89 from the Australian National Championships.

400 IM champion Hannah Miley of Scotland made her third final of the meet with a 2:12.45 for the third seed. She already won the 400 IM and took fourth in the 200 breast in what is one of the most outstanding overall performances in Glasgow thus far.

Here are your finalists:
England’s Siobhan O’Connor – 2:11.42
Australia’s Alicia Coutts – 2:12.00
Scotland’s Hannah Miley – 2:12.45
England’s Aimee Willmott – 2:12.55
Canada’s Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson – 2:14.55
Australia’s Emily Seebohm – 2:14.66
England’s Sophie Allen – 2:14.68
Canada’s Sydney Pickrem – 2:14.95

Men’s 100 fly
South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who already clinched the 200 fly gold medal and took bronze in the 50 fly, is looking for another butterfly medal here in Glasgow. He put up the top time this morning with a 52.68, one of just three swims under 53 seconds. That’s not too far off his 13th-ranked season best of 52.14 from South African Nationals. Australia’s Jayden Hadler (52.81) and Christopher Wright (52.89) each also cleared 53 seconds as the top three swimmers in the event.

Here are your semifinalists:
South Africa’s Chad le Clos – 52.68
Australia’s Jayden Hadler – 52.81
Australia’s Christopher Wright – 52.89
England’s Adam Barrett – 53.13
Kenya’s Jason Dunford – 53.27
England’s James Guy – 53.28
Wales’ Tom Laxton – 53.45
Australia’s Tommaso D’Orsogna – 53.53
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling – 53.58
Canada’s Coleman Allen – 53.58
England’s Joseph Roebuck – 53.67
Canada’s Evan White – 53.98
Isle of Man’s Grant Halsall – 54.00
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter – 54.21
Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah – 54.46
Canada’s Gamal Assaad – 54.62

Women’s 100 breast
A pair of swimmers broke 1:08 this morning with England’s Sophie Taylor leading the way with a 1:07.77. That’s less than a second off her eighth-ranked season best of 1:07.08 from British Nationals. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson raced to a 1:07.95 in prelims. She’s been much faster this year with a sixth-ranked 1:06.86 and should be the early favorite in semis and finals. Australia’s Sally Hunter rounded out the top three with a time of 1:08.42.

Here are your semifinalists:
England’s Sophie Taylor – 1:07.77
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson – 1:07.95
Australia’s Sally Hunter – 1:08.42
Scotland’s Katie Armitage – 1:08.81
Australia’s Lorna Tonks – 1:09.03
Canada’s Tera van Beilen – 1:09.10
Canada’s Kierra Smith – 1:09.36
Australia’s Leiston Pickett – 1:09.46
Scotland’s Corrie Scott – 1:09.56
Ireland’s Sycerika McMahon – 1:10.07
Wales’ Chloe Tutton – 1:10.11
South Africa’s Tara-Lynn Nicholas – 1:10.15
England’s Molly Renshaw – 1:10.29
Scotland’s Kathryn Johnstone – 1:10.55
Canada’s Martha McCabe – 1:10.56
Isle of Man’s Laura Kinley – 1:10.90

Women’s 800 free
Wales’ Jazz Carlin took down a 36-year-old Games record with an 8:22.69 in the preliminary session. That time beat the former record of 8:24.62 set by Tracey Wickham in Edmonton at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. That leaves Kieren Perkins 14:41.66 in the men’s 1500 free as the only Games record still in the books from before the turn of the century.

Expect Carlin to take that record even lower in finals as she’s ranked second in the world with an 8:18.36 from British Nationals. The only swimmer who has beaten her this year is the unreal Katie Ledecky, who set a world record with an 8:11.00 at a regional meet in Texas in the U.S.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle (8:24.85) and Australia’s Alanna Bowles (8:25.19) finished second and third, while Scotland’s Hannah Miley captuerd her fourth finale with a seventh-place effort.

Here are your finalists:
Wales’ Jazz Carlin – 8:22.69
New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle – 8:24.85
Australia’s Alanna Bowles – 8:25.19
Canada’s Brittany MacLean – 8:27.32
Australia’s Jessica Ashwood – 8:34.21
Scotland’s Camilla Hattersley – 8:36.15
Scotland’s Hannah Miley – 8:36.16
Australia’s Laura Crockart – 8:37.22

Men’s 800 free relay
The foursome of Thomas Fraser-Holmes, David McKeon, Nick McKendry and Mack Horton turned in a 7:12.85 for the top time in the preliminary session. There’s little doubt Team Australia will be swimming against the clock and not the field in the finale.

South Africa’s Calvyn Justus, Sebastien Rousseau, Dylan Bosch and Devon Brown claimed second in 7:16.44 with Scotland’s Jak Scott, Gareth Mills, Cameron Brodie and Craig Hamilton placing third in 7:18.93.

Here are your finalists:
Australia – 7:12.85
South Africa – 7:16.44
Scotland – 7:18.93
New Zealand – 7:19.69
Wales – 7:25.00
England – 7:25.04
Singapore – 7:26.96
Malaysia – 7:26.98

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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