Day Three was another big one for the Australians in the pool in Birmingham, with three gold medals won in women’s events as well as Emma McKeon’s history-making run continuing.
McKeon won another gold medal to give her the outright record for the most amount of gold medals won at the Commonwealth Games with 11. She overtook Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones who are all tied on 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals.
Men’s 200m Butterfly – Final
In the first final of night three, the two Commonwealth Games debutants in Bowen Gough (1:56.84) and Brendon Smith (2:00.24) finished fourth and eighth in the men’s 200m butterfly final.
Lewis Clareburt won the event with South Africa’s Chad le Clos swimming the second best time.
Women’s 100m Backstroke S8 – Final
Placing fifth in the women’s 100m backstroke S8 final, Isabella Vincent swam a time of 1:27.47. Her teammate Ella Jones finished just short of this time placing in sixth (1:28.94).
This event was won by Alice Tai from England.
Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB8 – Final
Timothy Hodge (1:14.19) took home the first silver medal of the night in the men’s 100m breaststroke, with his Australian teammate Blake Cochrane (1:18.97) finishing in the bronze medal position.
Hodge takes home his second medal of the Commonwealth Games after his gold medal effort on night one in the men’s 100m backstroke S9.
Women’s 50m Freestyle – Final
In the highlight of the night, Emma McKeon became the greatest Commonwealth Games athlete of all time with her 11th gold medal won in the women’s 50m freestyle final.
She swam a blistering time of 23.99 to finish ahead of Meg Harris (24.32) who won the silver medal and Shayna Jack (24.36), who completed her redemption to win bronze.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Final
Another highlight of the night took place in the women’s 200m breaststroke, when Jenna Strauch (2:23.65) won her first medal of this Commonwealth Games. She finished ahead of her teammates Abbey Harkin (2:24.07) and Taylor McKeown (2:25.50) in fifth and sixth respectively.
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Women’s 100m Backstroke – Final
Taking home the gold along with a Commonwealth Games record, Kaylee McKeown (58.60) continues her rise in the green and gold in the women’s 100m backstroke. She adds this to her gold medals at the Olympics and the World Championships.
Minna Atherton (1:00.02) touched the wall in fourth position.
Men’s 100m Breaststroke – Final
Winning his third medal at the games, Zac Stubblety-Cook took out the silver medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke with a time of (59.52). Joining him on the podium was Sam Williamson (59.82), who won bronze.
Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Final
The women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team continued their dominance with a fifth consecutive gold in the event. Madison Wilson, Kiah Melverton, Mollie O’Callaghan and Ariarne Titmus swam a combined time of 7:39.29 to set a new world record in the event.
Heading to the finals
Bradley Woodward, Mitch Larkin and Ben Armbruster have all qualified on day three for the 50m men’s backstroke final.
The women will be looking to take out another full podium finish, with McKeon striving for her 12th Commonwealth Games medal in the pool. She will be in action in day four in the women’s 50m butterfly with teammates Alex Perkins and Holly Barratt.
Kyle Chalmers will want to continue his form coming from the relay win on day two to the men’s 100m freestyle final. He will be joined in the final by Zac Incerti and William Xu Yang.
Dolphin Spotlight: Day Four
With Emma McKeon becoming the best Commonwealth Games athlete of all time, she will of course be the one to watch in day four action.
Competing in the women’s 50m butterfly final, it will be interesting to see how she backs up after her splash in the pool on day three.
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