Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Final countdown to the start of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

As final preparations are taking place for this evening’s opening ceremony, Scotland’s swimmers are themselves making final preparations for the opening day of the swimming competition of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The competition mirrors the schedule from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with both Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch in action on Thursday, defending the titles they won in Glasgow four years ago.

Miley, in her fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games, could make history if she secures gold in the 400m IM. The 28-year old has won this title since Delhi 2010 and would become the first British athlete ever to have won gold in the same event at three consecutive Games.

Murdoch finished fourth in last year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest and is beginning to show the form that saw him top the podium back in Glasgow. He’s joined in the 200m breaststroke by team-mates Craig Benson and Calum Tait, who was just pipped to the bronze medal in Glasgow by Andrew Willis of England, denying Scotland a 1-2-3 for the event.

Stephen Milne kicks off his Games campaign in the 400m freestyle, while Corrie Scott makes her third consecutive Games contesting the heats of the 50m breaststroke, the event took bronze in back in Glasgow.

Scott McLay and Keanna MacInnes, both featured in junior teams in 2017, with McLay returning from the Commonwealth Youth Games as Team Scotland’s most decorated athlete in the youth event, winning five medals (three golds, one silver, one bronze). McLay starts his campaign with the 50m butterfly alongside Sean Campsie, while MacInnes begins her competition with the 100m butterfly. MacInnes won bronze in the 200m butterfly at the FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis in 2017.

The Swimming competition starts on Thursday 5 April and continues until Tuesday 10 April, before the Aquatics Diving programme begins on Wednesday 11 April. The Aquatics programme is being held at the Optus Aquatics Centre.

The full schedule for swimming can be found HERE

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