Day 2 – Heats
Loughborough and England teammates Adam Peaty, 59.14, and 200m champion of last night, James Wilby, England, 59.80, led the way to semis of the 100m breaststroke on the second morning of action at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
London 2012 Olympic champion Cameron Van Der Burgh, of South Africa, was next through, on 1:00.20. He is the last man to defeat Peaty in a peak-form 50 or 100m sprint: and that was gold in the dash 0.02 ahead of the English teen at Glasgow 2014 on the cusp of a breaststroke revolution.
Jake Packard and Australia teammate Matt Wilson, were next through, on 1:00.29 apiece, with 200m silver medallist of yesterday, Ross Murdoch, Scotland, on 1:00.92 as the last man in under 1:01.
The semis were completed by Andrew Willis, England, 1:01.13; Craig Benson, Scotland, 1:01.63; Michael Houlie, South Africa, 1:01.66; Elijah Wall, Canada, 1:01.77; Liam Hunter, Australia, 1:02.17; Calum Tait, Scotland, 1:02.61 and four men over 1:04.
Duncan Scott, Scotland, topped the 200m freestyle heats in 1:46.62, Britain 4x200m teammate James Guy, for England, on 1:47.04, their 4x200m mate Calum Jarvis, for Wales, on 1:47.08, and Olympic 100m champion Kyle Chalmers on 1:47.10 as the first of three Australians through.
Alexander Graham was next in line on the clock, at 1:47.35, Olympic silver medallist and the first clean man home in Rio, Chad Le Clos, South Africa, eased through in 1:47.37, Mack Horton on 1:47.89 the morning after gold in the 400m – and Stephen Milne made the final a Scottish sandwich 1st to last in, on 1:48.08.
Commercial teammates, all three on that world-record relay last night, Cate Campbell, 24.24, Shayna Jack, 24.50, and Bronte Campbell, 24.87: one club, one nation, a sweep in prospect for Australia. Next through to semis was Taylor Ruck, Canada, on 25.13 the morning after gold in the 200m free and silver with mates in the 4x100m free, her 51.84 split a little pale compared to Cate Campbell’s 51.00 but the third best ever in a relay even so.
The semis were completed by Erin Gallagher, South Africa, 25.21; Anna Hopkin, England, 25.29; Kayla Sanchez, Canada, 25.47; Emma Chelius, South Africa, 25.62; Lucy Hope, Scotland, 25.85; Laticia Transom, New Zealand, 25.96; Kalia Antoniou, Cyprus, 25.97; Jessica Jackson, England, 26.01; Danielle Hill, Northern Ireland, 26.02; Ting Quah, Singapore, 26.22; Lauren Hew, Cayman Islands, 26.59; Maria Brunlehner, Kenya, 26.70.
There was a swift start to the 100m backstroke challenge between world champions past and present, the 2017 queen and world-record setter (58.10) Kylie Masse, of Canada, on 58.70, Australia’s Emily Seebohm on 58.91. Seebohm’s came first and broke her own meet standard, setting the first Games record inside 59 in the 100m backstroke; Masse shaved 0.21 off the mark in the next heat.
Next through was an English ‘veteran’ no longer worth funding, according to British Swimming and UK Sport, – Elizabeth Simmonds, on 1:00.49. Her former Britain teammate Georgia Davies, for Wales, clocked 1:00.57, while Kaylee McKeown, Australia, 1:00.65, Taylor Ruck, Canada, 1:00.72, and Hayley Baker, Australia, 1:00.82, completed the sub-1:01 club.
The semis were completed by Jessica Fullalove, England, 1:01.04; Bobbi Gichard, New Zealand, 1:01.33; Kathleen Dawson, Scotland, 1:01.38, Jade Hannah, Canada, 1:01.51; Cassie Wild, Scotland, 1:02.29; Naomi Ruele, Botswana, 1:02.58; Anna Maine, England, 1:02.63; Nathania van Niekerk, South Africa, 1:02.81 and Danielle Hill, Northern Ireland, 1:03.08.
The men’s 400m medley is wide open, pre-Games favourite Max Litchfield, of England, out for rehab on an injury and the Australian champion Mitch Larkin bypassing.
Clyde Lewis, Australia, booked lane 4 on 4:17.25. Either side of him will be Ayrton Sweeney, South Africa, 4:18.08, and Mark Szaranek, Scotland, 4:18.47. Tristan Cote, Canada, 4:18.73; Bradlee Ashby, New Zealand, 4:18.83; Lewis Clareburt, New Zealand, 4:19.16; Travis Mahoney, Australia, 4:19.17; and Max’s ‘little’ brother Joe Litchfield, England, completed the line-up in 4:21.34.
The men’s 4x100m freestyle features an Australian quartet that is the first in history to have four men in textile capable of racing in the 47 zone in textile. Assuming no-one wobbles and jumps the gun, the gold is staying at home. James Magnussen and Jack Cartwright clocked 47 splits this morning alone. Add Kyle Chalmers and Cameron McEvoy and if four cylinders are set to fire, sparks will fly.
The qualifiers: Australia, 3:12.72; Scotland, 3:16.53; New Zealand, 3:17.96; England, 3:17.99; Canada, 3:19.30; Northern Ireland, 3:19.57; South Africa, 3:21.50; and Sri Lanka, 3:22.84.