Monday, April 09, 2018

Swimmers battle hard for big swimming finale

The penultimate night of swimming action from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games threw up a number of impressive swims and provided Scottish swimmers with the opportunity of putting in yet more gutsy performances in both semi-finals and finals.

Edinburgh University’s Euan Inglis was under no illusion that the 50m breaststroke was going to be a tough ask. In a lineup that included Adam Peaty, Cameron van der Burgh and James Wilby, Inglis swam well and came home 7th in 28.03. After the race he said,

“That was insane! Of course I would have liked to have swum a best time, but my aim was to come here and get into the final. I did that and I’ll walk away very satisfied.”

Gold went to Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa in 26.58 while England’s Adam Peaty and James Wilby won silver and bronze respectively.

Camilla Hattersley put in a gutsy performance in the 800m freestyle. In a final which saw Australia’s latest swimming sensation, 17-year old Ariarne Titmus win her first individual title of the meet, Hattersley maintained a consistent pace keeping on the shoulder of Holly Hibbott (ENG) in the adjacent lane who for much of the race was in the bronze medal position.

The real race, however, was unfolding on the other side of the pool as Kiah Melverton (AUS) made her move ultimately giving the home team a clean sweep of the medals. Titmus won in 8:20.02, Jessica Ashwood (AUS) took silver in 8:27.60 with Melverton (AUS) bronze in 8:28.59.

Hattersley finished 5th in 8:32.65 and commented of her performance,

“I’m fairly happy with that although to be honest I thought I was going to be faster. It’s an improvement of two places from Glasgow so that’s positive.

“I’ve struggled to find my form since Rio but I’ve got my motivation back again and have been really focused on training.”

Sean Campsie finished the final of his 100m butterfly in 53.51 while Toni Shaw completed her Team Scotland debut with yet another PB in the SB9 100m breaststroke. Admitting a dislike for the event, Shaw finished 7th in 1:27.99.

In other events Kathleen Dawson, Cassie Wild and Lucy Hope all secured a place in tomorrow’s final of the 50m backstroke, while Jack Thorpe and Scott McLay finished 11th and 12th respectively for the 50m freestyle

Scottish swimmers competing in the heats on the final day of the swimming competition are Camilla Hattersley, Abbie Houston and Hannah Miley (400m freestyle), Mark Szaranek, Dan Wallace and Duncan Scott (200m IM). Scotland are also fielding teams in both the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley relay events.

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