Chad le Clos, Bronte Campbell Among Meet Record Breakers on Day Five of 2018 Commonwealth Games

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South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Australia’s Bronte Campbell headline the fifth finals session of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Le Clos was able to post a meet record in the 100 fly while Campbell got past her sibling, Cate Campbell, to earn her Games’ record in the 100 free.

Our men’s 50 free final is set up for speed after England’s Ben Proud posted a new meet record in the event, with South Africa’s Brad Tandy right behind.

Some of the world’s quickest swimmers are in action on the Gold Coast as we approach the end of the championships.

Today’s events included:

  • Men’s 200 Back
  • Women’s 800 Free
  • Men’s S7 50 Free
  • Women’s SB9 100 Breast
  • Men’s 50 Free Semi-Final
  • Women’s 50 Back
  • Men’s 50 Breast
  • Women’s 100 Breast
  • Women’s 200 Fly
  • Women’s 100 Free
  • Men’s 100 Fly


Check below for event-by-event coverage.

Men’s 200 Back

Australian backstroke veteran Mitch Larkin produced a 1:56.10 in the 200 backstroke final to earn himself the victory. Fellow Aussies Bradley Woodward (1:56.57) and Josh Beaver (1:57.04) followed behind in second and third, to form a 1-2-3 Australian sweep of the event.

Welsh swimmer Xavier Castelli rounded out the final in a 1:59.27.

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Women’s 800 Free

The Australian distance women continued the momentum started by their male teammates by posting a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 free final. Australia’s Ariarne Titmus touched first in a 8:20.02 while her teammates Jessica Ashwood (8:27.60) and Kiah Melverton (8:27.60) followed in second and third.

South Africa’s Kate Beavon took eighth in a time of 8:49.16.

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Men’s S7 50 Free

Australian Matthew Levy swam to a win in the final in a time nearly a second ahead of the field with his 28.60. South Africa’s Christian Sadie (29.65) and Singapore’s Wei Soong Toh (29.83) took second and third, respectively.

Rounding out the final in sixth place overall was Australian Matthew Haanappel who swam a 30.75.

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Women’s SB9 100 Breast

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe earned gold here with her 1:18.09 while Aussie duo of Paige Leonhardt (1:18.81) and Madeleine Scott (1:19.98) earned silver and bronze.

Rounding out the final in seventh was Scotland’s Toni Shaw with her time of 1:27.99.

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Men’s 50 Free Semi-Final

In the first semi-final, South Africa’s Brad Tandy swam 21.92 to be the only man in the heat to dip under 22-seconds.

In the second semi-final we saw a Commonwealth Games record from England’s Benjamin Proud who swam a 21.30, which earned him the top seed going into the final. Australian Cameron McEvoy touched second in the heat with his 22.00 while Canada’s Yuri Kisil tied for third in the heat with England’s Thomas Fannon in a time of 22.09.

Women’s 50 Back Semi-Final

Winning the first semi-final was Welsh swimmer Georgia Davis with her 27.86 while Australia’s Holly Barratt touched second in 28.12. Scotland’s Kathleen Dawson touched third in the heat with a 28.26.

The second semi-final heat saw Australian veteran Emily Seebohm touch first in a 27.89, putting her second going into the finals. Canada’s Kylie Masse was 28.00 for second, ahead of Scotland’s Cassie Wild (28.29).

Men’s 50 Breast

South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh was able to get in front of World Record holder, England’s Adam Peaty, by posting a time of 26.58 while Peaty was 26.62.

Fellow Englishmen James Wilby, earned bronze in a time of 27.37.

After a quick turnaround from the 50 free semi-final, South Africa’s Brad Tandy took eighth in a time of 28.37.

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Women’s 100 Breast

South Africa’s go-to breaststroker Tatjana Schoenmaker earned gold with the only sub-1:07 time of the field, a 1:06.41. Canada’s Kierra Smith touched second in a time of 1:07.05 while Australia’s Georgia Bohl earned a bronze medal with her time of 1:07.22.

Rounding out the finals heat in eighth was Aussie Jessica Hansen with a 1:08.53.

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Women’s 200 Fly

The women’s 200 butterfly final saw Welsh swimmer Alys Thomas win a gold and break a Commonwealth Games record with her time of 2:05.45.

Aussie duo of Laura Taylor (2:07.39) and Emma McKeon (2:08.05) nabbed silver and bronze, respectively.

England’s Laura Stephens took eighth to round out the final with her 2:11.46.

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Women’s 100 Free

The Australian sprinter sisters were back at it again, this time, making waves in the 100 free final. Bronte Campbell (52.27) and Cate Campbell (52.69) earned gold and silver, respectively with the gold medalist earned herself a new Commonwealth Games record.

Earning a bronze medal for Canada was Taylor Ruck who swam a time of 53.08.

Rounding out the final in eighth was England’s Anna Hopkin who touched in 55.03.

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Men’s 100 Fly

In a relatively off day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, South Africa’s Chad le Clos closed off the fifth finals session with a swift 50.65 in the 100 fly. This lowered le Clos’ own CWG record and earned him the gold ahead of England’s James Guy (51.31).

Aussie duo of Grant Irvine (51.50) and David Morgan (51.94) touched third and fourth, respectively.

Scotland’s Sean Campsie took eighth in a 53.51.

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