17/04/2024

Emma McKeon has now won the most medals of any athlete in Commonwealth Games history. (Photo: Birmingham2022.com/Design: Will Cuckson)

It was a bumper day of swimming action in the pool, with Australia claiming 17 medals across 10 events, including gold-medal winning performances from teenagers Mollie O’Callaghan, Elizabeth Dekkers and Jasmine Greenwood.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final

The strong contingent of competitors from both Australia and South Africa in this event was also reflected in the final podium.

Chelsea Hodges secured a bronze medal with a time of 1:07.05, only trailing South African duo Lara van Niekerk (gold) and Tatjana Schoenmaker (silver), who were always going to be tough to beat. 

Fellow Australians Abbey Harkin (1:07.47) and Jenna Strauch (1:07.60) finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Men’s 200m Backstroke Final

The men’s 200m breaststroke final saw three Australians vie for a place on the podium.

Having qualified third fasted for the final, Bradley Woodward again reached new heights, swimming a personal best time of 1:56.41 to claim the silver medal. It was a terrific swim from the 24-year-old, who was merely 0.01 seconds off gold.

Woodward’s performance means that he’s the back-to-back Commonwealth Games silver medallist in this event.

Defending gold medallist Mitch Larkin (1:56.91) finished strongly to almost clinch a spot on the podium, ultimately touching the wall in fourth place. 

Meanwhile, in his first ever Commonwealth Games, West Australian Joshua Edwards-Smith (1:57.50) finished in sixth place. 

Women’s 200m Butterfly Final

Three Australians featured in the women’s 200m butterfly final, all of which performed strongly.

The final was headlined by a stunning swim from Commonwealth Games debutant Elizabeth Dekkers, who clinched gold with a time of 2:07.26. It was a mature performance from the 18-year-old, having already qualified fastest for the final.

Brianna Throssell (2:08.32) claimed the bronze medal, whilst Abbey Connor (2:08.36) finished just outside the podium in fourth place. 

Women’s 100m Freestyle Final

The women’s 100m freestyle final promised to be a hotly contested event, and it certainly didn’t disappoint from an Australian perspective.

It was a clean sweep from the Aussies, a testament to the terrific depth the Australian swim team has in this event. 

Mollie O’Callaghan stormed home in the final 50m to claim gold, with her finishing time of 52.63 signifying a personal best for the 18-year-old. Remarkably, O’Callaghan was only in fourth position at the halfway mark of the swim. 

Shayna Jack (52.88) and the highly decorated Emma McKeon (52.94) rounded out the podium, securing silver and bronze respectively. 

O’Callaghan’s success represents her first ever individual Commonwealth Games gold medal.

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Men’s 100m Butterfly Final

Victorian Matthew Temple produced a mighty performance in the men’s 100m butterfly final, winning the silver medal with a finishing time of 51.40. Temple’s efforts signify the fastest ever swim by an Australian at Commonwealth Games level in this event.

Fellow Australian Cody Simpson was unable to collect his first individual medal, finishing in fifth place with a time of 52.06. Nevertheless, it was a valiant effort from Simpson. 

Men’s 50m Breaststroke Final

Sam Williamson fought hard in the men’s 50m breaststroke final, ultimately claiming a silver medal with an impressive personal best time of 26.97. Despite somewhat of a slow start off the blocks, Williamson recovered well to earn a spot on the podium.

Fellow Australian swimmer Grayson Bell ended the race in eighth place, with a finishing time of 28.31.

England’s Adam Peaty won gold in front of his home crowd.

Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 Final

The men’s 100m butterfly S10 final resulted in great success for the participating Australian swimmers. 

Col Pearse led the way, winning the gold medal with a time of 56.91.

Alex Anthony Saffy secured silver, touching the wall after 57.53 seconds. Saffy, who is only 16-years-old, is the youngest male on the Australian Para Swim Team in Birmingham.

William Martin, who qualified fastest for the final, finished in fourth place with a time of 58.73.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM10 Final

17-year-old Jasmine Greenwood clinched gold in the women’s 200m individual medley SM10 final. Greenwood’s finishing time was 2:33.29. 

Keira Stephens also earned a place on the podium, winning bronze with a time of 2:36.68.

Lakeisha Patterson (2:42.25) finished in fifth place. 

Women’s 800m Freestyle Final

It was yet another clean sweep for Australia in the women’s 800m freestyle final.

Ariarne Titmus secured her sixth Commonwealth Games gold medal in her career, breaking the Games record with a remarkable finishing time of 8:13.59.

Titmus was joined by fellow Australians Kiah Melverton (8:16.79) and Lani Pallister (8:19.16) on the podium, who claimed silver and bronze respectively.

Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay Final

The final swimming event of the day saw Australia finish on a high, having won gold in the mixed 4×100 medley relay. 

A star-studded team comprising of Kaylee McKeown (backstroke), Zac Stubblety-Cook (breaststroke), Matthew Temple (butterfly) and Emma McKeon (freestyle) got the job done, registering a finishing time of 3:41.30 ahead of Canada (3:43.98) and England (3:44.03). 

For McKeon, success in this event increased her Commonwealth Games career gold medal tally to 13. It also means that she is now the most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete in history, with a total of 19 medals to her name. 

Heading to the finals:

Both Tom Nowakowski and Grayson Bell booked themselves a spot in the 50m freestyle final. Nowakowski (22.20) touched the wall first in the opening semi-final, whilst Bell (22.55) finished in fifth place in the second semi-final. 

In the women’s 50m backstroke semi-finals, Australian trio Kaylee McKeownMollie O’Callaghan and Bronte Job all comfortably qualified for the final. McKeown (27.75) and Job (27.79) finished first and second respectively in the first of the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, coming off the back of her gold medal in the women’s 100m freestyle, O’Callaghan finished in third place in the second semi-final, with a time of 27.76.

Canadian Kylie Masse looms likely to pose a significant challenge to the Aussies in this event, having broken the Commonwealth Games record during the semi-finals.

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Tom Nowakowski has looked super impressive over the course of his heat and semi-final for the men’s 50m freestyle event.

The 21-year-old is participating in his first ever Commonwealth Games, and it would make for a great story if he were able to earn a place on the podium. Nowakowski has qualified fourth-fastest for the final. 

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