With the final swimming events of Birmingham 2022 taking place on day six, our Aussies continued their dominance in the pool as more of our bright stars claimed medals, to cap off a memorable Commonwealth Games in the sport.
Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Final
The first final of the night featured two Aussies in Brendon Smith and Se-Bom Lee who were both hoping to add another medal to Australia’s already impressive tally.
Unfortunately, neither were able to do so finishing fifth and sixth, with Scotland’s Duncan Scott leading the way to win gold and set a new Commonwealth Games Record with a time of 1:56.88.
England’s Tom Dean won silver while New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt won bronze.
Women’s 200m Freestyle S14 – Final
The women’s 200m freestyle S14 final featured just three nations battling it out with Australia and England both having three swimmers in the event.
It was not Australia’s night with Madeleine McTernan, Ruby Storm, and Jade Lucy finishing fifth, sixth and seventh.
Northern Ireland’s Bethany Firth won gold after recording a time of 2:07.02.
Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 – Final
Australia won its first medals of the night in the men’s 200m freestyle S14, with both Benjamin Hance and Jack Ireland finishing on the podium.
Hance put in a valiant effort over the final 50m, coming from fifth to win silver with a time of 1:55.50. Hance was unable to catch Canada’s Nicholas Bennett who proved too fast setting a new Commonwealth Games Record.
Ireland won bronze setting a strong pace from the get-go to remain in a medal position each time he touched the wall.
Australia was also represented by Liam Schluter who finished eighth.
Men’s 50m Freestyle – Final
The men’s 50m freestyle final featured two Australians with Tom Nowakowski in lane six and Grayson Bell in lane eight. Both gave their all but were unable to medal, with Nowakowski finishing sixth and Bell in eighth.
Nowakowski caps off a memorable games, where the 21-year-old showed plenty of promise which should have Aussie swimming fans excited for the future.
Women’s 50m Backstroke – Final
Australia was back doing what it does best in the pool, winning medals in the women’s 50m backstroke final.
Mollie O’Callaghan and Kaylee McKeown finished off their last day of the Birmingham 2022 Games winning another medal. O’Callaghan was just able to beat McKeown to the wall to win silver with just 0.11 seconds separating the two.
Canada’s Kylie Masse won gold following a blistering time of 27.31 , which set a new Commonwealth Games Record.
Australia’s Bronte Job came sixth in the event, finishing with a time of 27.85.
Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Final
18-year-old Sam Short won Australia its first gold of the night in the pool, displaying heart and grit to win the gruelling men’s 1500m freestyle final.
Short had to battle it out with Northern Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen who won silver, hitting the wall 3.25 seconds before him.
The Aussie led for the first 400m of the race before Wiffen fought back to take the lead until the 900m mark. The final 600m was all Short, extending the gap over Wiffen, lap by lap.
The gold was Short’s second medal of the games, also winning silver in the 400m freestyle.
Australia was also represented in the event by Kieren Pollard who came fifth.
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Women’s 400m Freestyle – Final
Our golden girl Ariarne Titmus could not be stopped in the women’s 400m freestyle, adding more gold to her already impressive Birmingham Games collection.
Titmus’ pace proved too much for competitors, leading the entire race to finish with a new Commonwealth Games Record of 3:58.06.
The 21-year-old becomes the first person in nearly 50 years to win the 200m, 400m, and 800m women’s freestyle. Titmus leaves Birmingham having won gold in every event she competed in, also being part of the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Australia was well represented on the podium with Kiah Melverton taking out bronze with a time of 4:03.12, while fellow Aussie Lani Pallister finished sixth.
Men’s 4x100m Medley – Final
The final of the men’s 4x100m medley was a thrilling race, coming down to the wire with Australia just unable to beat England. The Australian team featured Bradley Woodward, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Matthew Temple, and Kyle Chalmers.
England proved just too quick for Australia over the first 300m but with Chalmers hitting the water last, Australia knew it was in with a chance. Just 0.56 seconds separated the two nations heading into the final 100m with Chalmers able to half that deficit through his first 50m.
He continued to chase down England’s Tom Dean but was just beaten to the wall by 0.08 seconds for Australia to narrowly miss out on the gold.
Women’s 4x100m Medley – Final
The final event of the swimming at Birmingham 2022 was the women’s 4x100m medley with Australia making sure to finish on top.
Australia had a star-studded line-up for the final with Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon, and Mollie O’Callaghan helping Australia to another gold medal.
Australia sat behind Canada in second for just the first 50m but from then held strong in first, able to extend its gap as the race progressed. The Aussie ladies finished with a time of 3:54.44, with 2.15 seconds separating them from silver medallists Canada.
Australia finished as the top nation in the swimming, winning 65 medals over the week and having collected 25 golds, 21 silvers and 19 bronze.
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