Four Men Under 49 Seconds in 100 Free on Day Three Prelims of 2018 Commonwealth Games

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After two full days of action in Australia’s Gold Coast, we are slated for yet another preliminary session of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with fast swimming expected all over the pool.

The usual suspects are on the blocks again with the likes of RSA’s Chad le Clos, Australia’s spring-studs Cate Campbell and Kyle Chalmers among those making waves as we move forward through the competition.

Today’s events include:

  • Men’s 200 Fly
  • Women’s 200 Breast
  • Men’s SB8 100 Breast
  • Women’s SM 200 IM
  • Men’s 50 Back
  • Women’s 50 Fly
  • Men’s 100 Free

Check below for event-by-event coverage.


Men’s 200 Fly

Australian duo of David Morgan (1:57.42) and Grant Irvine (1:57.91) took 1-2 in heat one, which earned them the second and fifth spots, respectively, going into tonight while New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt touched third in the heat with his 1:58.32.

Canada’s Mackenzie Darragh (1:56.96) touched first in heat two to earn himself the lane four position going into tonight’s finals while Scotland’s Duncan Scott touched second in that heat with his 1:57.64, putting him third before the final.

Notably, South Africa’s Chad le Clos swam a 1:57.89 for third in heat two, which currently ranks him fourth going into the final.

Women’s 200 Breast

Canada’s Kierra Smith took first in heat one with her 2:25.33 while Australia’s Tessa Wallace touched second in a 2:26.86.

Heat two saw a tight race between Australia’s Taylor McKeown (2:25.04) and Wales’ Chloe Tutton (2:25.08) who took 1-2 in the heat and currently sit second and third, respectively, leading into tonight.

In heat three South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker produced a 2:23.57 to earn the number one seed going into tonight and touch ahead of England’s Molly Renshaw who swam a 2:25.55, which puts her as the fifth for the final.

Men’s SB8 100 Breast

Australia’s trio of Timothy Disken (1:13.87), Timothy Hodge (1:17.02) and Blake Cochrane (1:19.81) took the top three spots going into the final while New Zealand’s duo of Jesse Reynolds (1:21.82) and Celyn Edwards (1:25.06) posted the fourth and fifth fastest times.

Women’s SM 200 IM

Heat one featured a 2:32.90 from Canada’s Aurelie Rivard who touched first in the heat ahead of Australia’s Paige Leonhardt who posted a 2:34.39. Rivard currently sits second going into the final.

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe took ownership of lane four tonight with her 2:27.26 from heat two while Katherine Downie was behind with her 2:35.49, which earned her the fourth seed.

Men’s 50 Back

Australia set themselves up for an excellent medal run by taking the top three spots heading into the semi-final with their trio of Zac Incerti (25.05), Mitch Larkin (25.32) and Benjamin Treffers (25.52) producing a 1-2-3 finish after the heats.

Rounding out the first semi-final will be Scotland’s Craig McNally by virtue of his 26.11 while Dillon Gooding (29.96) out of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will round out the second semi-final.

Women’s 50 Fly

The Australian women followed the men’s momentum by putting three of fastest swimmers in the semi-final with Madeline Groves (25.81) and Cate Campbell (25.83) leading the way while Holly Barratt earned fourth heading into tonight with her 26.14.

Taking eighth was South Africa’s Erin Gallagher who produced a 27.05.

Men’s 100 Free

Australia advanced another bunch of swimmers by qualifying all three of their swimmers into the semi-finals. Kyle Chalmers led the Aussie sprint squad with a 48.81 to earn the top spot heading into the semi’s while Jack Cartwright (48.85) and Cameron McEvoy (49.20) followed in second and eighth, respectively.

Notably, Trinidad’s Dylan Carter swam a 48.96 to earn third going into the semi, ahead of Scotland’s Duncan Scott who posted the fourth sub-49 time in a 48.99.