Monday, April 9, 2018

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – Day 5 Heats Review

Hard to believe that we have reached the penultimate day of the swimming competition of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Sitting with eight medals from the pool, we have five more swimmers contesting finals this evening.

Clear blue skies always make for stunning photographs of the Optus Aquatics Centre, however, the accompanying bright sunshine is causing a few problems for the backstrokers. Craig McNally looked to have coped well, finishing his heat of the 200m in 2:00.26 and booking his place in tonight’s final. He said of the conditions,

“I don’t usually have to focus that hard on just swimming in a straight line. There have been a lot of incidents of swimmers hitting lane ropes and veering off course at this meet but that’s the nature of swimming outside and it’s the same for us all.”

McNally’s City of Glasgow Swim Team team-mate, Camilla Hattersley, will be back for the final of the 800m freestyle. She swam an excellent heat yesterday and is third going into tonight’s final. Teen sensation and home favourite, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) will be looking to secure her first individual gold of the swimming meet in this event.

Euan Inglis will be in the company of World Champion and Record Holder Adam Peaty (ENG) in the final of the 50m breaststroke. Also lining up will be gold medalist from Glasgow 2014, Cameron van der Burgh.

Sean Campsie will be in action in the 100m butterfly while Toni Shaw will contest the SB9 100m breaststroke final.

Other Scots back in action tonight are Jack Thorpe and Scott McLay, both of whom posted personal bests to progress to the 50m freestyle semi-finals, while Kathleen Dawson, Cassie Wild and Lucy Hope all return for the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke.

Swimming finals start at 19:31 local time (10:31 GMT).