2018 Commonwealth Games Day Six: Titmus Blasts New Australian Record To Close Games

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The final day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games featured plenty of fast swimming, including a new Australian and Commonwealth Games record in the women’s 400 free and Commonwealth Games records in four events! Check below for live coverage of the last night of finals from the Gold Coast.

Events
Women’s 400 Freestyle
Men’s 50 Freestyle
Women’s 50 Backstroke
Men’s 200 IM
Women’s S8 50 Free
Men’s S9 100 Back
Men’s 1500 Free
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay
Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

Women’s 400 Freestyle

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Australian Ariarne Titmus shattered her own Australian record and recorded a new Commonwealth Games record to kick off the last day of finals, grabbing the gold medal with a 4:00.93. That was well under the previous Games record of 4:04.47 from 2014 held by Lauren Boyle. The seventeen-year-old had set an Australian mark in the event at Australian Trials just last month with a 4:02.36.

Finishing 2-3 were two swimmers from England, Holly Hibbot (4:05.31) and Eleanor Faulkner (4:07.35). Joanna Evans from the Bahamas was fourth in 4:08.82, followed by a pair of Aussie swimmers, Jessica Ashwood (4:10.32) and Mikkayla Sheridan (4:12.05) in fifth and sixth. Rounding out the field was Scotland’s Camilla Hattersley (4:12.24) and New Zealand’s Carina Doyle (4:15.89).

Men’s 50 Freestyle

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After taking the Commonwealth meet record down to a 21.40 and 21.30 through prelims and semi-finals, respectively, England’s Ben Proud grabbed gold in the splash and dash event with a 21.35 in the finals.

While it was just a bit off his record setting performance yesterday in semis, Proud still bested the field by almost half a second. Closest to him was South Africa’s Brad Tandy, who ended with the silver in 21.81, while Australia’s Cam McEvoy picked up his first individual medal of the meet with a bronze (21.91).

Just outside of the medals was England’s David Cumberlidge (22.00), followed by Canada’s Yuri Kisil (22.03), Australian’s James Magnussen (22.05) and James Roberts (22.15), and England’s Thomas Fannon (22.25).

Women’s 50 Backstroke

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Australian Emily Seebohm grabbed her first gold medal of the meet, winning a narrow final in the sprint backstroke event over Canadian Kylie Masse. Seebohm won the gold by .04, touching in 27.78 over Masse’s 27.82.

Georgia Davies, the Commonwealth Games record holder in the event from 2014, earned a bronze in the event when she finished third in 27.90. In fourth was Australian Holly Barratt (27.96), while the final also featured a trio of Scottish swimmers: Cassie Wild who finished fifth (28.18), Kathleen Dawson who finished sixth (28.37), and Lucy Hope who finished eighth (28.54). Rounding out the final was Canada’s Jade Hannah in seventh (28.38).

Men’s 200 IM

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Mitch Larkin just snuck under the 2014 Commonwealth Games record in the 200 IM with a 1:57.67, just edging out countrymate Daniel Tranter’s 2014 record of 1:57.83. That is Larkin’s fourth individual gold medal at these Games. He was just ahead of Scotland’s Duncan Scott (1:57.86) and fellow Aussie Clyde Lewis (1:58.18).

Scotland had two more swimmers in the final, with Mark Szaranek in fourth (1:59.24) and Daniel Wallace in sixth (1:59.85). New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby was fifth (1:59.59) and Lewis Clareburt was seventh (2:01.13). Rounding out the field was Xavier Castelli of Wales in 2:01.49.

Women’s S8 50 Free

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Australian Lakeisha Patterson just missed the S8 world record in the 50 free, winning gold in 30.14 and besting the rest of the field by nearly 2 seconds. Taking silver and bronze was a pair of Canadian swimmers, Morgan Bird (32.03) and Abigail Tripp (32.49).

In fourth was Australian Tiffany Thomas Kane (35.40), who was followed by Malaysia’s Carmen Lim (36.85), India’s Vaishnavi Vinod Jagtap (42.03), and Kenya’s Ann Wacuka (56.72).

Men’s S9 100 Back

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It was a 1-2-3 Aussie sweep in the men’s S9 100 backstroke, with Brenden Hall leading the charge with his winning time of 1:04.73. Just behind him in second was Timothy Hodge (1:04.99), while Logan Powell was in third (1:05.29).

In fourth was New Zealand’s Jesse Reynolds (1:05.50), ahead of England’s Jacob Leech (1:06.59) and Lewis White (1:07.25). New Zealand’s Chris Arbuthnott (1:07.85) and England’s Barry McClements (1:09.08) rounded out the rest of the final.

Men’s 1500 Free

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Australian Jack McLoughlin led from the 100 mark and never looked back, powering his way to a gold medal with a 14:47.09. McLoughlin was able to hold off a charging Daniel Jervis from Wales, who was sitting third much of the race before making a move in the last portion of the race to grab silver in 14:48.67. Grabbing third was Australian Mack Horton in 14.51.05.

Those three were well ahead of the rest of the field, with fourth going to South African Brent Szurdoki (15:28.60).

Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay

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The Australian team of Seebohm (59.52), Georgia Bohl (1:06.85), Emma McKeon (56.42), and Bronte Campbell (51.57) combined for a new Games record of 3:54.36 in a tight race with Canada.

The Canadian team of Masse, Kierra Smith, Penny Oleksiak, and Taylor Ruck grabbed silver after having control of the race through the 300 thanks to splits from Masse (59.02), Smith (1:06.68), and Oleksiak (56.86), but it wasn’t enough to hold off the charging Bronte Campbell down the stretch. Ruck, to her credit, was an impressive 52.54 on the end of the relay.

Grabbing bronze was the Welsh team of Davies, Chloe Tutton, Alys Thomas, and Kathryn Greenslade in 4:00.75.

Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

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The Australian men added another gold medal and Commonwealth Games record to their tally as the team of Larkin (53.14), Jake Packard (59.29), Grant Irvine (51.36), and Kyle Chalmers (47.25) took about half a second off England’s 2014 record to finish in 3:31.04.

Similar to the women’s race, the Aussie’s didn’t have a lead going into the final leg, with England in first position heading into the freestyle. Mitch Larkin got the Aussies off to a quick start with his 53.14 lead-off in the 100 backstroke, but England’s Adam Peaty kept things interesting with a blistering 57.64 to move England into first. James Guy delivered a huge 50.95 100 fly split to keep the advantage with the English. Proud, the gold medalist in the 50 free earlier in the session, couldn’t hold off a charging Chalmers, delivering a 47.93 to finish just behind the Aussies in 3:31.13.

In third was the South African team of Calvyn Justus, Cameron van der Burgh, Chad le Clos, and Brad Tandy in 3:34.79. Notably, le Clos had the fastest 100 fly split of the field with a blistering 50.10.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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