2022 Commonwealth Games: Day 6 Finals Live Recap

2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

  • Friday, July 29 – Wednesday, August 3, 2022
  • Birmingham, England
  • Sandwell Aquatic Center
  • Start Times
    • Prelims: 10:30 am local / 5:30 am ET
    • Finals: 7:00 pm local / 2:00 pm ET
  • LCM (50m)
  • Meet Central
  • Event Schedule
  • Entry List (PDF)
  • Live Results
  • Day 6 Finals Heat Sheet
  • Women’s Medley Relay Lineups
  • Men’s Medley Relay Lineups

The sixth and final night of swimming from the Sandwell Aquatic Center in Birmingham, England promises to be another exciting one with medals on the line in all nine heats of racing.

Wednesday night brings us the long-anticipated matchup between Ariarne Titmus and Summer McIntosh in the women’s 400 freestyle, as both have been dominant in their other events this week, winning two individual gold medals apiece.

They’ll converge in the 400 free where Titmus is the huge favorite, having won Olympic gold last summer and then breaking the world record earlier this year.

However, McIntosh has been a wrecking ball thus far in the individual medley events, setting a pair of World Junior Records, and her form suggests she’s in position to take down her PB of 3:59.39 from the World Championships in June.

But Titmus has also been on fire, and while some may have suggested her winning time in the 200 free of 1:53.89 indicated she was slightly off her best, she’s responded with the fastest relay split of all-time in the 4×200 free relay (1:52.82), leading the Aussies to a world record, and also won the 800 free last night in a lifetime best and new Commonwealth Record of 8:13.59.

McIntosh dropped the 200 fly from her program so she had yesterday completely off, and we’ll see if that’s of benefit to her tonight.

Titmus and English swimmers Ben Proud and Thomas Hamer will be the only athletes aiming to defend their individual titles tonight, as the rest are either not present in Birmingham or missed the final, which was the case for Australia’s Mitch Larkin in the men’s 200 IM.

Proud had a blistering semi swim in the men’s 50 free last night, and has a chance to become the first swimmer to three-peat in the event after winning the world title earlier this year.

The men’s 200 IM should be an intriguing clash between New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt, who has already won the 200 fly and 400 IM, Scotland’s Duncan Scott, who has already won the 200 free and was the Olympic silver medalist in this event last year, and England’s Tom Dean, who finished fifth at the World Championships and comes in as the top seed after clocking 1:59.36 in the heats. Canada’s Finlay Knox (1:59.67) will also be a player.

In the women’s 50 back, Australian Kaylee McKeown will look to complete the women’s backstroke sweep here in Birmingham, though she’ll have her work cut out for her with Canadian Kylie Masse having set a new Games Record of 27.47 in the semis.

Masse won the 100 and 200 back four years ago, but won silver in the 50 behind Emily Seebohm. This year, she’s been the runner-up to McKeown in both the 100 and 200, and will look to alter course in the 50 tonight.

After Daniel Jervis withdrew from the meet due to COVID-19, the men’s 1500 free figured to be a battle between Australian Sam Short and Northern Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen.

Short posted the fastest time by over 20 seconds in the prelims at 15:02.66, while Wiffen, who clocked 14:57.66 to place ninth at the World Championships this year, cruised to a time of 15:37.53 to place him out in Lane 2.

In the medley relays, the Australian women should have no trouble winning their ninth consecutive gold medal, while the Aussie men will aim to repeat their 2018 victory and claim their seventh title in the last eight Games.

England will be a factor, however, and then the race for bronze will come down to Scotland and Wales after the Canadian and South Africa were both disqualified (or DNS’d) due to bizarre circumstances this morning.

  • Women’s Medley Relay Lineups
  • Men’s Medley Relay Lineups

MEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 1:54.00, Ryan Lochte (USA) – 2011
  • Commonwealth Record: 1:55.28, Duncan Scott – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 1:57.67, Mitch Larkin (AUS) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:57.67
  1. Duncan Scott (SCO), 1:56.88
  2. Tom Dean (ENG), 1:57.01
  3. Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 1:57.59
  4. Finlay Knox (CAN), 1:58.95
  5. Brendon Smith (AUS), 1:59.57
  6. Se-Bom Lee (AUS), 1:59.86
  7. James McFadzen (ENG), 1:59.87
  8. Mark Szaranek (SCO), 2:00.73
  • Full Results

Duncan Scott used a blistering backstroke leg to open up a big enough lead that he was able to hold off a hard-charging Tom Dean down the stretch on free, claiming Commonwealth gold in the men’s 200 IM in a time of 1:56.88.

Canada’s Finlay Knox opened up the early lead on fly, and then it was Scott’s 29.08 backstroke split that launched him into the lead, with Dean back in seventh, two seconds behind.

Dean made a big move on the breaststroke leg, out-splitting everyone in the field by well over a second in 32.97, and then he came charging home with a 27.45 freestyle leg.

But Scott managed to hang on, also cracking 28 seconds coming home (27.98) to claim gold and break the Games Record of 1:57.67 set by Mitch Larkin in 2018.

Dean won silver—his sixth of the competition—in 1:57.01, just shy of his best time set at the World Championships in June (1:56.77).

New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt was in second for the majority of the race before getting overtaken by Dean on free, winning bronze in a time of 1:57.59. That comes just three-tenths off of his Kiwi Record (1:57.27) set at the Tokyo Olympics and is quicker than his fastest time from the World Championships (1:57.63).

Clareburt won the 200 fly and 400 IM earlier.

Knox fell back into sixth by the end of the breaststroke, but battled back on free with a 28.23 closing split to claim fourth in 1:58.95, while Australian Brendon Smith came back in 27.90 to move up two spots on the freestyle and place fifth in 1:59.57.

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE S14 – FINAL

  • World Record: 2:02.09, Bethany Firth (GBR) – 2016
  1. Bethany Firth (NIR), 2:07.02
  2. Jessica-Jane Applegate (ENG), 2:08.56
  3. Louise Fiddes (ENG), 2:11.22
  4. Poppy Maskill (ENG), 2:13.54
  5. Madeleine McTernan (AUS), 2:13.89
  6. Ruby Storm (AUS), 2:15.75
  7. Jade Lucy (AUS), 2:16.64
  • Full Results

Bethany Firth becomes the first swimmer from Northern Ireland to win gold at the Commonwealth Games, topping the women’s 200 freestyle S14 in a time of 2:07.02.

Firth, 26, set the world record in this event at 2:02.09 in 2016, winning Paralympic gold in the event. She also claimed silver in the 200 free S14 in Tokyo, and won the event at the World Championships six weeks ago.

It was a 2-3-4 for England behind Firth, with Jessica-Jane Applegate (2:08.56) and Louise Fiddes (2:11.22) getting on the podium in second and third.

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE S14 – FINAL

  • World Record: 1:52.40, Reece Dunn (GBR) – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 1:55.88, Thomas Hamer (ENG) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Thomas Hamer (ENG), 1:55.88
  1. Nicholas Bennett (CAN), 1:54.97 GR
  2. Benjamin Hance (AUS), 1:55.50
  3. Jack Ireland (AUS), 1:56.15
  4. Jordan Catchpole (ENG), 1:56.37
  5. Reece Dunn (ENG), 1:56.42
  6. Thomas Hamer (ENG), 1:57.99
  7. Dylan Broom (WAL), 1:58.65
  8. Liam Schluter (AUS), 1:59.17
  • Full Results

Canadian Nicholas Bennett opened up a big early lead in the men’s 200 freestyle S14, ultimately having to hold on in the closing meters as he got a push from Australian Benjamin Hance.

The 18-year-old Bennett got his hand on the wall first for gold in a time of 1:54.97, breaking the Games Record of 1:55.88 set by England’s Thomas Hamer in 2018. Bennett won silver in this event at the World Para Championships in 1:54.41.

Hance (1:55.50) and Jack Ireland (1:56.15) made it a 2-3 for Australia, as the top three here finish in the same order they did at Worlds, only in Madeira, Bennett, Hance and Ireland finished 2-3-4 behind Brazilian Gabriel Bandeira.

English swimmers Jordan Catchpole (1:56.37), Reece Dunn (1:56.42) and Hamer (1:57.99), all of whom were in the final at Worlds as well, placed fourth, fifth and sixth.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 20.91, Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 2009
  • Commonwealth Record: 21.11, Ben Proud (ENG) – 2018
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 21.30, Ben Proud (ENG) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Ben Proud (ENG), 21.35
  1. Ben Proud (ENG), 21.36
  2. Lewis Burras (ENG), 21.68
  3. Josh Liendo (CAN), 22.02
  4. Dylan Carter (TTO), 22.10
  5. Tzen Wei Teong (SGP), 22.26
  6. Tom Nowakowski (AUS), 22.37
  7. Lamar Taylor (BAH), 22.51
  8. Grayson Bell (AUS), 22.53
  • Full Results

Make it three in a row for Ben Proud, as the Englishman used his phenomenal start to open up an early advantage in the final of the men’s 50 freestyle that he would not relinquish.

After winning the world title in June in a time of 21.32, Proud nearly matches that here with a winning time of 21.36, completing the three-peat after also claiming gold in 2014 and 2018.

His teammate Lewis Burras had a noticeable better start than he did in the semis, managing to knock nine one-hundredths off his lifetime best in 21.68 for the silver medal. This is the 22-year-old’s first career individual Commonwealth medal.

Canada’s Josh Liendo came in for bronze in 22.02, claiming his second individual medal of the meet after winning the 100 fly on Tuesday.

Liendo set a Canadian Record of 21.61 en route to placing fifth at the Worlds in June, while Burras took seventh in that race in 21.83 after setting what is now his previous best time of 21.77 at the British Championships in April.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter (22.10) and Singapore’s Tzen Wei Teong (22.26) placed fourth and fifth.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • World Record: 26.98, Liu Xiang (CHN) – 2018
  • Commonwealth Record: 27.16, Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 27.47, Kylie Masse (CAN) – 2022
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Emily Seebohm (AUS), 27.78
  1. Kylie Masse (CAN), 27.31 GR
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 27.47
  3. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 27.58
  4. Lauren Cox (ENG), 27.61
  5. Medi Harris (WAL), 27.62
  6. Bronte Job (AUS), 27.85
  7. Danielle Hill (NIR), 28.29
  8. Rebecca Meder (RSA), 28.66
  • Full Results

The women’s 50 backstroke final proved to be a blistering one as the top five finishers were all faster than the winning time from four years ago.

Canada’s Kylie Masse, the recently-crowned world champion in the event, follows up her title in Budapest with another gold medal here in Birmingham, re-breaking the Games Record she set in the semis (27.47) in a time of 27.31.

The 26-year-old also becomes the first Canadian winner of the women’s 50 back, and has now won each of the women’s backstroke events at the Games after claiming gold in the 100 and 200 in 2018.

Masse set a new National Record earlier this year in 27.18, which ranks her eighth all-time in the event.

Stacking up her sixth medal of the competition with the silver was Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan, who came within .01 of her lifetime best in 27.47 to edge out teammate Kaylee McKeown (27.58).

McKeown won the 100 and 200 back earlier on in the competition and owns a lifetime best of 27.16 set last year.

England’s Lauren Cox (27.61) set a lifetime best to claim fourth, narrowly missing a medal by three one-hundredths, while Wales’ Medi Harris came within six one-hundredths of her best time for fifth in 27.62.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 14:31.02, Sun Yang (CHN) – 2012
  • Commonwealth Record: 14:34.56, Grant Hackett (AUS) – 2001
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 14:41.66, Kieren Perkins (AUS) – 1994
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Jack McLoughlin (AUS), 14:47.09
  1. Sam Short (AUS), 14:48.54
  2. Daniel Wiffen (NIR), 14:51.79
  3. Luke Turley (ENG), 15:12.78
  4. Toby Robinson (ENG), 15:14.64
  5. Kieren Pollard (AUS), 15:18.02
  6. Eric Brown (CAN), 15:25.48
  7. Advait Page (IND), 15:32.36
  8. Kushagra Rawat (IND), 15:42.67
  • Full Results

18-year-old Sam Short joins the elite club of Australian Commonwealth champions in the men’s 1500 freestyle, dropping nearly nine seconds from his PB to win gold in a time of 14:48.54.

Short and Northern Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen sat side-by-side through the 800-meter mark, but Short continued to hold 29-highs while Wiffen recorded a few 30-lows, opening up a two-second lead for Short in quick order.

The two men essentially held each other at bay for the final 300, as Short negative splits his way to his first career Commonwealth gold medal. Previously, his best time stood at 14:57.22, set at the Australian Olympic Trials last year.

Wiffen came in for silver in 14:51.79, smashing the Irish Record of 14:57.66 he set at the World Championships in June.

Northern Ireland has now won three swimming medals here in Birmingham after coming in with zero all-time.

In the fight for bronze, English teammates Luke Turley and Toby Robinson duked it out throughout the race, with Turley making the move right around the same time Short did on Wiffen, overtaking Robinson at the 900 turn before pulling away to take bronze in 15:12.78. Robinson made up some ground on the last 100 and touched fourth in 15:14.64.

Turley’s best time stands at 15:07.71, while Robinson has been as fast as 15:01.35, both done last April at the British Olympic Trials.

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:56.40, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 2022
  • Commonwealth Record: 3:56.40, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 2022
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 4:00.93, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 4:00.93
  1. Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 3:58.06 GR
  2. Summer McIntosh (CAN), 3:59.32
  3. Kiah Melverton (AUS), 4:03.12
  4. Erika Fairweather (NZL), 4:03.84
  5. Lani Pallister (AUS), 4:04.43
  6. Eve Thomas (NZL), 4:09.73
  7. Ella Jansen (CAN), 4:10.69
  8. Dune Coetzee (RSA), 4:15.53
  • Full Results

In the most anticipated race of the week, Ariarne Titmus slowly but surely pulled ahead of Summer McIntosh over the course of the women’s 400 freestyle final, out-splitting the Canadian on every 50 except the last one en route to claiming gold in a new Games Record of 3:58.06.

Titmus successfully defends her title from four years ago, and completes the freestyle triple after winning the 200 and 800 free earlier on.

The Australian’s time stands up as her fourth-fastest ever and the eighth-fastest in history, having set the world record this past May in 3:56.40.

McIntosh paced the race extremely well, like Titmus, and came in for the silver medal in 3:59.32, dipping under her Canadian Record of 3:59.39 set at the World Championships. She maintains her place as the fourth-fastest swimmer in history, trailing Titmus (3:56.40), Katie Ledecky (3:56.46) and Federica Pellegrini (3:59.15).

Coming off a very impressive swim in the 800 free last night, Australia’s Kiah Melverton knocked three-tenths off her PB to win bronze in 4:03.12, while New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather closed faster than everyone other than McIntosh to take fourth in 4:03.84.

MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:26.78, United States of America – 2021
  • Commonwealth Record: 3:27.51, Great Britain – 2021
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 3:31.04, Australia – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Australia, 3:31.04
  • Relay Lineups
  1. England, 3:31.80
  2. Australia, 3:31.88
  3. Scotland, 3:35.11
  4. Wales, 3:36.43
  5. Jersey, 3:49.71
  6. Fiji, 3:55.31
  7. Guernsey, 3:56.27
  • Full Results

The men’s 4×100 medley relay turned into a razor-thin battle between England and Australia, with Tom Dean ultimately holding off Kyle Chalmers by a mere eight one-hundredths to win Englsih gold in front of the home crowd in a time of 3:31.80.

Brodie Williams (54.02), James Wilby (59.22) and James Guy (51.22) handed Dean a lead of 58 one-hundredths over Chalmers, and Dean managed to produce a 47.34 anchor leg to hold off Chalmers, who came storming home with a blistering 46.86 split.

The victory gives Dean his first gold medal of the competition after winning an incredible six silvers throughout the last six days.

The biggest difference for England that opened up that lead came on breaststroke, where Wilby was a full seven-tenths quicker than Zac Stubblety-Cook (59.92). Joining Stubblety-Cook and Chalmers on the Aussie relay was Bradley Woodward (54.07) on backstroke and Matt Temple (51.03) on fly, as they finished in a time of 3:31.88.

Scotland held third place throughout the race, with Craig McNally (54.79), Ross Murdoch (59.59), Duncan Scott (51.74) and Evan Jones (48.99) combining for a time of 3:35.11. This was Murdoch’s retirement race, dropping a very impressive split to help secure a medal.

Wales was fourth in 3:36.43, with Matt Richards splitting sub-48 on the end in 47.98.

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WOMEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:50.40, United States – 2019
  • Commonwealth Record: 3:51.60, Australia – 2021 Olympic Games
  • Commonwealth Games Record: 3:54.36, Australia – 2018
  • 2018 Commonwealth Champion: Australia, 3:54.36
  • Relay Lineups
  1. Australia, 3:54.44
  2. Canada, 3:56.59
  3. England, 3:59.44
  4. South Africa, 3:59.63
  5. Scotland, 4:04.83
  6. Guernsey, 4:23.37
  • Full Results

The Australian women had no problem securing their ninth consecutive title in the 4×100 medley relay, clocking a time of 3:54.44 to narrowly miss the Commonwealth Games Record they set in 2018 (3:54.36).

Kaylee McKeown (58.79) got the better of Canada’s Kylie Masse (59.01) on the lead-off leg, and then the Aussie lead grew to over a second as Chelsea Hodges (1:06.68) soundly out-split Sophie Angus (1:07.66).

After finishing within .02 of each other in the individual 100 fly, Emma McKeon and Maggie MacNeil produced matching 56.59 splits here, and then 100 free champion Mollie O’Callaghan finished things off for Australia in 52.38.

Australia’s time of 3:54.44 narrowly misses what the quartet of McKeown, Jenna Strauch, Brianna Throssell and O’Callaghan produced at the World Championships en route to winning silver (3:54.25).

Summer McIntosh was called on for anchor duties here for the Canadians despite just getting out of the water in the 400 free, and she proved it was a good call as the 15-year-old put up a very impressive 53.33 split to bring Canada in for silver in 3:56.59.

McIntosh notably set a best time of 54.62 leading off Canada’s 400 free relay early in the meet, making her the pick over Katerine Savard (54.44 on that relay) and Rebecca Smith (54.41 on the mixed free relay).

The South African team moved into third place on the breaststroke leg as individual 100-meter champion Lara van Niekerk had the fastest split in the field at 1:05.56, and then they held that position going into the final exchange as Erin Gallagher (58.88) out-split England’s Laura Stephens (58.96) on fly.

Coming in trailing by just under half a second, Anna Hopkin split 53.15 on the end fot bring England in for the bronze in 3:59.44, edging out South Africa (3:59.63) and Aimee Canny (53.80).

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