Commonwealth Games: Sprinters Put on Show This Morning

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 26. THE sprinters put on a show in day three prelims of the Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow.


Men’s 200 fly
This morning featured a handful of 1:57s and a few 1:58s to make it into the championship final of the 200 fly. Scotland’s Cameron Brodie topped the field with a 1:57.28, just missing the Scottish record of 1:57.24 set by Iain MacMillan back in 2009. South Africa’s Chad le Clos, the heavy favorite in the event as the world-leader this year with a 1:54.56 to his credit, cruised into the finale with a 1:57.45. Meanwhile, le Clos’ teammate Sebastien Rousseau qualified third in 1:57.84.

Here are your finalists:
Scotland’s Cameron Brodie – 1:57.28
South Africa’s Chad le Clos – 1:57.45
South Africa’s Sebastien Rousseau – 1:57.84
Australia’s Mitch Pratt – 1:57.95
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling – 1:58.04
Australia’s Daniel Tranter – 1:58.30
Australia’s Grant Irvine – 1:58.39
England’s Roberto Pavoni – 1:58.49

Women’s 200 breast
Some pretty big names had to scratch and claw their way into what is a loaded championship finale in the 200-meter breaststroke tonight. Canada’s Kierra Smith, however, had the top swim of the morning with a 2:25.19. That swim pushed her to 17th in the world rankings.

Some more highly ranked swimmers also made the finale with England’s Molly Renshaw (2:25.75) and Australia’s Taylor McKeown (2:26.38) taking the second and third seeds. Renshaw (nint) and McKeown (fourth) each already are in the top 10 in the world this year.

Here are your finalists:
Canada’s Kierra Smith – 2:25.19
England’s Molly Renshaw – 2:25.75
Australia’s Taylor McKeown – 2:26.38
Australia’s Sally Hunger – 2:26.69
Canada’s Martha McCabe – 2:27.45
Australia’s Tessa Wallace – 2:27.77
Scotland’s Hannah Miley – 2:28.22
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson – 2:28.33

Men’s 200 free S14
Australia’s Daniel Fox took down his Paralympic world record in the men’s 200 free S14 division with a powerful 1:57.16 this morning. That time erased his previous global standard of 1:57.68 set earlier this year in Brisbane.

Fox will take another run at his record tonight during finals with Australia’s Mitchell Kilduff (2:01.17) and England’s England’s Thomas Hamer (2:02.11) bracketing him in the championship heat.

Men’s 50 back
Men’s 100 back champion Chris Walker-Hebborn grasped the top seed in the sprint event with a 25.12 this morning. That’s just off his 13th-ranked season best of 25.09 from British Nationals.

A pair of Australians will be giving Walker-Hebborn chase in the semis as Josh Beaver and Ben Treffers posted equal 25.28s to tie for the second seed. Treffers already stands third in the world with a 24.54, while Beaver is just outside the top 20 in the world.

Here are your semifinalists:
England’s Chris Walker-Hebborn – 25.12
Australia’s Josh Beaver – 25.28
Australia’s Ben Treffers – 25.28
Wales’ Marco Loughran – 25.37
England’s Liam Tancock – 25.49
Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell – 25.50
Australia’s Mitch Larkin – 25.53
Canada’s Russell Wood – 25.75
Scotland’s Andrew McGovern – 25.98
Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah – 25.99
Ireland’s Jordan Sloan – 26.25
Scotland’s Jack Ness – 26.47
Isle of Man’s Grant Halsall – 26.51
Scotland’s Rory Lamont – 26.56
Saint Lucia’s Jordan Augier – 26.82
Jersey’s Thomas Gallichan – 27.19

Women’s 50 fly
England’s Fran Halsall is looking at a potential 50 free/50 fly gold medal sweep this week as she’s definitely firing on all cylinders. Yesterday, she led the way into the 50 free finals with a Games-record 24.14, and this morning she downed her British record in the 50 fly with a 25.64. That time cleared her 25.69 from the 2013 World Championships last summer, and moved her close to third in the world this year. Only Sarah Sjostrom (24.43 WR), Jeanette Ottesen (25.27) and Inge Dekker (25.50) have been faster.

The next fastest qualifiers were more than half-a-second back of Halsall as Australia’s Brittany Elmslie posted a 26.18. That’s just off her eighth-ranked 26.14 from NSW State Champs, while 100 fly champion Katerine Savard of Canada raced to third in 26.33.

Here are your semifinalists:
England’s Fran Halsall – 25.64
Australia’s Brittany Elmslie – 26.18
Canada’s Katerine Savard – 26.33
Australia’s Alicia Coutts – 26.43
England’s Amy Smith – 26.44
Singapore’s Li Tao – 26.44
Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – 26.44
Canada’s Sandrine Mainville – 26.46
Australia’s Madeline Groves – 26.74
New Zealand’s Laura Quilter – 26.92
England’s Rachael Kelly – 26.92
Canada’s Michelle Williams – 27.02
Scotland’s Sian Harkin – 27.03
Wales’ Alys Thomas – 27.14
South Africa’s Marne Erasmus – 27.40
South Africa’s Trudi Maree – 27.62

Men’s 100 free
Australia’s James Magnussen lit up prelims this morning with a 48.47 as no one else even came close to her in qualifying. He’s been the fastest of any man on the planet this year with a 47.59 from the Australian Aquatic Super Series in Perth, and he could be looking to put himself in position for another fabulous set of swims in semis and finals.

The second-fastest man on the planet, Cameron McEvoy, qualified second in prelims with a 49.46. He’s been much faster with a 47.65 from Australian Nationals this year, and should give Magnussen a serious run through the next two heats. England’s Adam Brown, a new father, finished third in 49.60, while South Africa’s Leith Shankland snared fourth in 49.64.

Here are your semifinalists:
Australia’s James Magnussen – 48.47
Australia’s Cameron McEvoy – 49.46
England’s Adam Brown – 49.60
South Africa’s Leith Shankland – 49.64
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter – 49.72
Australia’s Tommaso D’Orsogna – 49.73
Canada’s Yuri Kisil – 49.85
Wales’ Calus Jarvis – 50.05
England’s James Disney-May – 50.25
Mauritius’ Bradley Vincent – 50.59
Kenya’s Jason Dunford – 50.60
Ireland’s Curtis Coulter – 50.63
Wales’ Otto Putland – 50.66
England’s Ben Proud – 50.69
South Africa’s Clayton Jimmie – 50.69
Bermuda’s Roy Burch – 50.84

Women’s 800 free relay
The Aussie squad of Brittany Elmslie, Madeline Groves, Remy Fairweather and Bronte Barratt turned in a 7:57.95 to lead the way in preliminary qualifying this morning. Their closest neighbors, New Zealand, finished second with an 8:02.28 from Samantha Lucie-Smith, Emma Robinson, Tash Hind and Samantha Lee. England’s Jessica Lloyd, Amelia Maughan, Aimee Willmott and Becki Turner captured the third seed in 8:02.64.

Here are your finalists:
Australia – 7:57.95
New Zealand – 8:02.28
England – 8:02.64
Canada – 8:10.45
Scotland – 8:11.26
Wales – 8:13.57
South Africa – 8:14.19
Singapore – 8:25.18

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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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