Mitch Larkin Aims For Fourth Individual Gold On Last Day of Commonwealth Games

swims in the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships, Day 3 at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Steve Christo)
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The last morning of the 2018 Commonwealth Games was a short session as there were only five total swimming preliminary events on Tuesday morning in the Gold Coast, Australia. Ariarne Titmus and Mitch Larkin will be the top seeds after this morning’s prelim session. Titmus will be going for her second individual gold after winning the 400 free and Larkin will be going for his fourth after winning all three backstroke finals.


Women’s 400 Free

WR: 3:56.46, Katie Ledecky, USA (2016)
CR: 4:00.60, Joanne Jackson, ENG (2009)
GR: 4:04.47, Lauren Boyle, NZL (2014)

Australian teenage Ariarne Titmus cruised to a top seed in the 400 free heats as she swam a comfortable 4:10.22 to take the top spot into Tuesday’s final. Titmus has had a solid meet and she could challenge the Games Record on the final night of swimming at the 2018 Commonwealth Games that is a 4:04.47 held by New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle from 2014.

The battle for second should be a tight one tonight as England’s Eleanor Faulkner (4:11.19) and Holly Hibbott (4:11.65) sit second and third headed into Tuesday night’s final.

Australia also picked up two other finalists in Mikkayla Sheridan (4:11.69) and Jessica Ashwood (4:13.12). Scotland’s Camilla Hattersley (4:12.26), Bahamas’ Joanna Evans (4:12.38) and New Zealand’s Carina Doyle (4:13.33) will also swim in the final tonight.

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Men’s S9 100 Back

WR: 1:01.75, Justin Zook, USA (2012)

All swimmers will swim again in the final of the men’s S9 100 back final. Australia’s Timothy Hodge (1:05.03), Logan Powell (1:05.28) and Brenden Hall (1:06.10) have the top three spots in front of the Australian crowd at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

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Women’s S8 50 Free

WR: 29.73, Maddison Elliott, AUS (2016)

Australia’s Lakeisha Patterson will have lane four in tonight’s final with a 31.41 this morning in the heats. All seven girls will advance to the final as Canada’s Morgan Bird (32.27) and Abigail Tripp (32.54) sit second and third.

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Men’s 200 IM

WR: 1:54.00, Ryan Lochte, USA (2011)
CR: 1:56.64, Max Litchfield, ENG (2017)
GR: 1:57.83, Daniel Tranter, AUS (2014)

Australia’s Mitch Larkin is going for his fourth title of the Games as he leads the 200 IM heats with a 1:59.02. Larkin is ahead of 400 IM champion Clyde Lewis of Australia (1:59.50). Those two were the only swimmers under two minutes in the heats.

Scotland got all three of its swimmers in the final with 2014 400 IM champ Daniel Wallace (2:00.21), 100 free champ Duncan Scott (2:00.44) and 400 IM silver medalist Mark Szaranek (2:00.58) all qualifying for the final.

New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby (2:00.57), Wales’ Xavier Castelli (2:00.97) and New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt (2:01.33) will also swim in tonight’s final.

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Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

WR: 3:27.28, United States (2009)
CR: 3:28.64, Australia (2009)
GR: 3:31.51, England (2014)

The Australians will have lane four for the final in the men’s 4×100 medley relay. There will be a lot of changes in tonight’s final as Australia (3:33.61), England (3:36.68), Scotland (3:38.79), Canada (3:40.79) and South Africa (3:42.44) have a lot left.

The Australians swam Bradley Woodward (54.01), Matt Wilson (59.03), David Morgan (52.14) and Jack Cartwright (48.43) as they will get serious pressure in the final from the defending champions England.

Elliott Clogg (55.62), James Wilby (59.19), Jacob Peters (53.27) and David Cumberlidge (48.60) put the English in lane five for the final tonight.

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