2018 Commonwealth Games Day 5 Prelims: Emily Seebohm, Benjamin Proud Top Seeds

Emily Seebohm. Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr/Swimming Australia Ltd.

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Day 5 of the Commonwealth Games began with a fast prelims session, but while the big names of the games dominated on Day 4, the Day 5 finals could be set up for some fresh faces on the podium.

Emily Seebohm and Benjamin Proud did take top seeds, giving the finals enough star power at the top.


Order of prelims events:

• Men’s 200 back
• Women’s 50 back
• Men’s 50 free
• Women’s SB9 100 breast
• Men’s S7 50 free
• Women’s 200 fly

Men’s 200 back

South Africa’s Martin Binedell got the prelims off to a fast start by taking the top time in the men’s 200 back, finishing in 1:57.92.

Australia’s Mitch Larkin (1:57.99) and Bradley Woodward (1:58.41) followed with the second and third seeds, respectively.

England’s Luke Greenback took the fourth seed (1:58.54), followed by Australia’s Josh Beaver (1:58.73), Canada’s Markus Thormeyer (1:59.68), Xavier Castelli (2:00.08) of Wales and Scotland’s Craig McNally (2:00.26).

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Women’s 50 back

Emily Seebohm took the top qualifying time in the prelims of the women’s 50 back and will have the first seed in the semifinals. The Australian star finished in 27.63.

Georgia Davies of Wales took the second seed (27.91), followed by Canada’s Kylie Masse (27.99), Scotland’s Kathleen Dawson (28.17) and Cassie Wild (28.31). Rounding out the top eight seeds were Australia’s Holly Barratt (28.49) and Minna Atherton (28.50) as well as Canada’s Alexia Zevnik (28.875).

Lucy Hope of Scotland leads the 9-16 qualifiers for the semifinals with a 28.77.

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Men’s 50 free

England’s Benjamin Proud broke the first Commonwealth Games record of the day by taking the top seed in the 50 free in 21.45. He broke his own mark of 21.76 from 2014.

South Africa’s Bradley Tandy took the second seed (21.78), followed by Australia’s Cameron McEvoy (22.06), Australia’s James Roberts (22.11), England’s Thomas Fannon (22.12), Australia’s James Magnussen (22.23), England’s David Cumberlidge (22.25) and New Zealand’s Daniel Hunter (22.32).

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Women’s SB9 100 breast

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe took the top seed in the Women’s SB9 100 breast prelims, finishing in 1:17.92.

Australia’s Paige Leonhardt (1:19.87) was second, followed by Australia’s Madeleine Scott (1:21.31), Canada’s Sarah Girard (1:25.07), Canada’s Katarina Roxon (1:25.75), Australia’s Jasmine Greenwood (1:26.61) and Scotland’s Toni Shaw (1:29.94).

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Men’s S7 50 free

Australia’s Matthew Levy took the top seed in the Men’s S7 50 free, finishing in 28.68.

South Africa’s Christian Sadie was second (29.54), followed by Singapore’s Wei Soong Toh (20.35), Canada’s Jean-Michel Lavalliere (20.37), Australia’s Rohan Bright (30.86) and Australia’s Matthew Haanappel (30.92).

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Women’s 200 fly

Alys Thomas of Wales cruised to the top seed in the women’s 200 fly prelims to close out the morning session on the Gold Coast. She finished in 2:07.72.

Australia’s Laura Taylor took the second seed (2:08.43), followed by Canada’s Mabel Zavaros (2:08.71), Australia’s Emma McKeon (2:09.55), Australia’s Brianna Throssell (2:09.93), Isle of Man’s Charlotte Atkinson (2:09.95), England’s Laura Stephens (2:11.18) and England’s Emily Large (2:11.35).

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