Commonwealth Games: Brent Hayden Sweeps Sprint Frees on Day Six Finals

DELHI, India, October 9. THE final session of long course meter racing is complete at the Commonwealth Games held in India.

Men's 50 free finals
Canada's Brent Hayden had enough in the tank to overtake South Africa's Roland Schoeman with a Games record in the splash-and-dash, 22.01 to 22.14. Schoeman owned the previous meet record with a 22.03 back in 2006. Hayden's victory made him just the second man in Commonwealth Games history to sweep the sprint free events. Australia's Andrew Baildon first pulled off that feat in 1990. South Africa's Gideon Louw completed the podium with a third-place 22.22.

England's Simon Burnett (22.44), Australia's Cameron Prosser (22.46), Australia's Eamon Sullivan (22.51), England's Adam Brown (22.51) and Kenya's David Dunford (22.64) also competed in the finale.

Women's 200 fly finals
Australia's Jessicah Schipper topped the distance fly finale with a top time of 2:07.04, finishing just off her third-ranked season best of 2:06.90 from Pan Pacs. Canada's Audrey Lacroix finished second in 2:07.31, while England's Ellen Gandy touched out Australia's Samantha Hamill, 2:07.75 to 2:07.84, for the bronze.

Wales' Jemma Lowe (2:08.28), Canada's MacKenzie Downing (2:11.05), England's Jessica Dickons (2:11.24) and Australia's Felicity Galvez (2:13.19) also competed for the title.

ParaSport Women's S9 100 fly finals
South Africa's Natalie Du Toit claimed the title in 1:07.32. England's Stephanie Millward placed second in 1:13.11, while Australia's Ellie Cole took third in 1:14.04. Australia's Annabelle Williams wound up fourth in 1:14.07.

Canada's Katarina Roxon (1:18.84), Trinidad's Shanntol Ince (1:22.64) and India's Kiran Tak (1:53.00) completed the championship field.

Men's 200 breast finals
In an exciting finish, Australia's Brenton Rickard touched out Scotland's Michael Jamieson, 2:10.89 to 2:10.97, as both crushed the Games record of 2:12.23 set by Mike Brown in 2006. Rickard has been faster this year with a fifth-ranked season best of 2:09.31 from March, while Jamieson moved to 12th in the world rankings. Australia's Christian Sprenger, the world record holder with a 2:07.31 to his credit, placed third in 2:11.44.

England's Andrew Willis (2:11.49), Scotland's Kristopher Gilchrist (2:11.77), Wales' Robert Holderness (2:11.85), Australia's Craig Calder (2:13.39) and New Zealand's Glenn Snyders (2:14.42) rounded out the championship final.

Women's 400 IM finals
Scotland's Hannah Miley raced to the distance medley crown with a top time of 4:38.83, smashing the Games record of 4:41.91 set by Stephanie Rice in 2006. Australia's Samantha Hamill took second in 4:39.45, while England's Keri-Ann Payne snatched third in 4:41.07.

Australia's Blair Evans (4:41.51), England's Aimee Willmott (4:44.87), England's Stephanie Proud (4:46.17), Canada's Alexandra Komarnycky (4:47.69) and Northern Ireland's Sycerika McMahon (4:52.47) comprised the other finishes.

ParaSport Men's S10 100 free finals
Canada's Benoit Huot captured the title in 53.70, while Australia's Andrew Pasterfield took second in 55.04. England's Robert Welbourn wound up third in 55.10, while Australia's Matthew Cowdrey, competing in the S9 division, took fourth in 55.57.

Northern Ireland's Laurence McGivern (1:03.31), Malaysia's Fraidden Dawan (1:05.17), India's Chetan Raut (1:05.27) and India's Rimo Saha (1:07.80) finished fifth through eighth in the finale.

Men's 1500 free finals
Canada's Ryan Cochrane grabbed the lead from the get-go and never looked back en route to a 15:01.49 for the victory. Cochrane was the odds-on favorite heading into the day with a second-ranked 14:49.47 to his credit from Pan Pacs in August. South Africa's Heerden Herman took second overall in 15:03.70 to move to ninth in the world rankings, while England's Daniel Fogg touched third in 15:13.50.

South Africa's Mark Randall (15:15.40), Wales' David Davies (15:20.38), Australia's Ryan Napoleon (15:28.70), Canada's Sean Penhale (15:39.39) and England's Richard Charlesworth (15:42.77) placed fourth through eighth.

Women's 400 medley relay finals
Australia's Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper and Alicia Coutts finished the women's side of the meet with a winning time of 3:56.99. The win was Coutts' fifth gold medal of the meet, while Seebohm scorched the 100 back leadoff with a Games-record 59.53. England's Gemma Spofforth, Kate Haywood, Ellen Gandy and Fran Halsall placed second in 4:00.09, while Canada's Julia Wilkinson, Annamay Pierse, Audrey Lacroix and Victoria Poon claimed bronze in 4:03.96.

Wales (4:05.88), Scotland (4:11.53), Northern Ireland (4:18.47), Malaysia (4:23.40) and India (4:37.97) finished third through eighth.

Men's 400 medley relay finals
Australia's Ashley Delaney, Brenton Rickard, Geoff Huegill and Eamon Sullivan closed the curtain on the 2010 Commonwealth Games with a meet-record time of 3:33.15. The foursome cleared the 3:34.37 set by the Aussies back in 2006. South Africa's Charl Crous, Cameron van der Burgh, Chad Le Clos and Gideon Louw touched second in 3:36.12, while England's Liam Tancock, Daniel Sliwinski, Antony James and Simon Burnett picked up third in 3:36.31.

Canada (3:37.61), Scotland (3:40.68), India (3:47.23), Malaysia (3:48.70) and Guernsey (3:55.16) also swam in the finale.

Day Six Finals Results