02/03/2024

Australian para-swimmer Katja Dedekind. (Picture: Swimming Australia/Twitter; Design by Will Cuckson)

Day One was a big day in the pool but the Day Two was just as big in Birmingham for the Australians. The second night at the Commonwealth Games saw history made, a new world record, and ten medals awarded to those in the green and gold.

A pair of medals were awarded to both the men’s and women’s 4x100m freestyle teams, S13 swimmer Katja Dedekind took home a world record and Emma McKeon continued her medal run with a silver medal in the 100m butterfly which made her one of the most credentialed Australian swimmers ever.

Women’s 50m Breaststroke – Final

The first medal of the second night at the Commonwealth Games was awarded to Chelsea Hodges who finished with a time of 30.05. She is a debutant at the games and got her campaign off to a flyer with this bronze medal swim.

Her teammates Jenna Strauch, finished fifth (30.85) with Abbey Harkin finishing seventh (31.20) out of the medal race.

Men’s 200m Freestyle – Final

Elijah Winnington keeps on winning, adding a bronze medal to the gold he won on day one. He set a fast time of 1:45.62, which was bested by Duncan Scott from Scotland.

Mack Horton finished just out of the medals in fourth. He swam at a time of 1:46.78.

Men’s 50m Freestyle S13 – Final

With a time of 24.47, para-swimmer Jacob Templeton placed third in the 50m Freestyle S13 final. He was followed in fourth position by fellow countrymen Braedan Jason (24.56) and Oscar Stubbs finishing fifth recording a time of 24.90.

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Women’s 50m Freestyle S13 – Final

In the Women’s 50m Freestyle S13 final, Katja Dedekind etched her name in the history books with one of the best moments of the night. Swimming the 50m in 26.56, she set a new world record to earn the gold medal.

It was a special night for the para-swimmer, earning gold and her first long course world record in the first games where para-athletes were invited to the same Commonwealth Games as able-bodied athletes.

This effort rounds out a phenomenal year for Dedekind who is now a world record, Commonwealth Games and World Champion in the same year.

Australian teammate Kirralee Hayes (28.24) claimed the bronze in the same race with Jenna Jones finishing fourth (29.08).

Men’s 400m Individual Medley – Final

A silver medal was awarded to 400m Individual Medley swimmer Brendon Smith with a time of 4:10.15. He finished ahead of his teammates Se-Bom Lee (4:16.68) in fifth and Kieran Pollard (4:17.02) in sixth.

Women’s 100m Butterfly – Final

In the Women’s 100m Butterfly final, Australia was awarded the silver and bronze medals. Beating out the Aussies was Canadian Maggie Mac Neil whose stranglehold on this event couldn’t be bested.

Silver was awarded to golden girl, Emma McKeon with a blistering 56.38 edging teammate Brianna Throssell (57.50) out of the second position. Alex Perkins finished fourth with a time of 57.87.

Men’s 100m Backstroke – Final

Bradley Woodward added a fourth Commonwealth Games medal to his overall count with a bronze medal effort on night two. Finishing just behind South African Pieter Coetzee and Englishman Brodie Williams, Woodward continues his solid form in the pool.

The double 4x100m Freestyle Relay Wins (Women’s and Men’s) – Final

The gold rush continued in the pool with both 4x100m Freestyle Relay teams getting the job done.

First, was the women as Madison Wilson, Shayna Jack, Mollie O’Callaghan, and Emma McKeon swum the collective 400m in 3:30.64.

The men followed suit with Flynn Southam, Zac Incerti, William Xu Yang, and Kyle Chalmers putting forward a time of 3:11.12 to secure the gold medal in the final race of the night.

Swimmer Spotlight

Ahead of the finals on Day Three, Zac Stubblety-Cook is one to watch as he swims out of lane five in the 100m Breaststroke Final. Collecting Olympic, World Championship and the Commonwealth Games gold medals in the 200m variation, he will look to add the shorter swim to his trophy cabinet.

His rise in the sport is meteoric and he will be out to show that he’s here to stay at the top for the Australians.

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