Brits dominate on day two

6 Apr 2018

Day two of the Gold Coast 2018 swimming competition saw the home nations serve up more quality racing with 36 athletes returning for finals and semi-finals later today.

The hotly anticipated Men’s 100m Breaststroke saw eight British swimmers take to the water across four heats. Olympic and World champion Adam Peaty (England) form as he cruised to the touch and topped the rankings.

Peaty leads the home nation charge into the evening’s semi-finals alongside six other athletes that include teammate and 2018 Commonwealth 200m Breaststroke Champion James Wilby.

Also back in action in the 100m breast semi-finals are Ross Murdoch, Craig Benson and Calum Tait of Scotland, the Isle of Man’s Guy Davies and the bringing the total number of English swimmers to three is Bath-based Andrew Willis.

In the Women’s 100m Backstroke heats a total of ten home nation athletes in action and seven went on to successfully secure a semi-finals birth.

Fastest home nation qualifier and ranked third after the heats was England’s Elizabeth Simmonds, she was closely followed by Georgia Davies of Wales.

Also inside the top 16 and racing again is Jessica Fullalove and Anna Maine of England, Kathleen Dawson and Cassie Wild of Scotland and Northern Ireland’s Danielle Hill.

Both England’s Joe Litchfield and Scotland’s Mark Szaranek secured lanes in the final of the Men’s 400m Individual Medley.

The first of day two’s para-swimming events, the Women’s S9 100m Backstroke, saw double British interest, with Paralympic bronze medallist Alice Tai (England) the fastest qualifier after the single heat.

Making her Commonwealth Games debut, Toni Shaw of Team Scotland was ranked the third fastest qualifier and will go in search of the podium this evening.

The Men’s S9 100m Freestyle final will see three home nation para-swimmers contest the Gold Coast 2018 title, Lewis White and Jacob Leach will fly the flag for England and Barry McClements goes in for Northern Ireland.

Scotland’s Duncan Scott delivered the quickest swim of the heats and secured lane four of the Men’s 200m Freestyle final.

After taking bronze in the Men’s 400m Freestyle yesterday, James Guy (England) is back in search of another podium finish alongside Calum Jarvis (Wales) who rounds off the fastest three qualifiers.

Stephen Milne (Scotland) completes the British representation in the 200m final.

Team England is the only home nation to feature swimmers in the Women’s 50m Freestyle semi-finals in the form of Anna Hopkin and Jessica Jackson.

The Men’s 4x100m Free Relay heats rounded off the morning session and three home nation quartets; England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, booked themselves into the day two curtain closer.