Saturday, April 7, 2018

Scots power through Day 3 heats

The swimming competition of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games continues at a relentless pace. Eight Scots were in action this morning and more will return to the pool later for Day 3 finals. 

Duncan Scott continued his busy programme competing in both the 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle. The 20 year old from Alloa finished his heat in 2nd place behind Mackenzie Darragh of Canada in a time of 1:57.64, just 0.14 off his entry time.

Alongside Darragh in tonight’s final he’ll be up against Commonwealth Champion from Glasgow, Chad le Clos (RSA) as well as home favourites David Morgan and Grant Irvine of Australia.  

Scott went onto compete in the heats of the 100m freestyle. The British record holder for the event came home in 48.99 qualifying fourth fastest for the semi-finals. There he’ll be joined by Jack Thorpe who was part of Team Scotland’s history making 4x100m free relay team last night. He finished in 49.82. Another of last night’s bronze medal heroes, Kieran McGuckin, was just off the pace for the semi-finals, finishing in 50.02.

Speaking after the 100m freestyle, Scott spoke about today’s schedule,

“It was a late night last night. The 200m fly was always going to be tough and then with the 100m free as well, it’s hurting. But regardless of how I feel I just have to fight through it and I know that with rest this afternoon I’ll feel better for tonight.”

Toni Shaw impressed again in the SM10 200m IM heats. Swimming up a classification, 14 year old Shaw knew she’d have to be right on her PB to progress to the final. Her gutsy performance over the four lengths blew away her Scottish Record and she secured her place in the final in a time of 2:38.60.

Borders athlete Beth Johnston got her Commonwealth Games underway in the same event, finishing in 2:51.60.

Craig McNally eased through the heats of the 50m backstroke and is in the first of the semi-finals, while 400m IM silver medalist, Hannah Miley, finished the 200m breaststroke in 2:28.01. Her focus for this evening now moves to the 4x200m freestyle.

Other Scots back in action tonight are Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson in the 100m breaststroke final, while Kathleen Dawson also returns to the pool; she secured her place in the final of the 100m backstroke by way of a swim off last night.

Swimming finals start at 19:30 local time (10:30 GMT).