Day four heats sets up exciting finals

8 Apr 2018

Home nation athletes secured more than 30 finals and semi-finals during day four heats of Gold Coast 2018, find out what happened.

The Women’s 200m Backstroke kicked off the morning heats session. Team England’s Elizabeth Simmonds and Jessica Fullalove both finished second in their heats and booked themselves into this evening’s final.

Chloe Golding (England) just missed out, she ranked ninth after the three heats. Jersey’s Gemma Atherley finished 12th.

Kathryn Greenslade of Wales withdrew from the event as well as her second swim of the morning session, the 100m Freestyle.

England’s Adam Peaty was back in action after he successfully defended his 100m Breaststroke title, he did what he does best and goes into the Men’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-finals as the fastest qualifier.

James Wilby (England), was back for his third event of Gold Coast 2018, he will also go in the semi-final of the 50m breast.

Scotland’s trio of Craig Benson, Euan Inglis and Mark Campbell are progressed and will swim again for a place in the Commonwealth final later today. Jamie Graham will be Northern Ireland’s representation in the pool.

Commonwealth debutant Freya Anderson (England) will lead the home nation qualifiers into the semi-finals of the Women’s 100m Freestyle, closely followed by Anna Hopkin who placed eighth after her heats swim.

England’s Jessica Jackson and Scotland’s Lucy Hope complete the line-up of British swimmers. Christina Linares (Gibraltar), Tatiana Tostevin (Guernsey) and Gemma Atherley (Jersey) did not progress from the heats.

There was just one heat of the Women’s S9 100m Freestyle and that decided the lane draw for tonight’s final.

Alice Tai of England will go in lane six in search of another podium finish after her gold in the 100m back event earlier in the competition. Racing next to Tai in lane seven will be Scotland’s, Toni Shaw.  

James Guy returned to the pool after a day out from illness and touched first in the fourth and final heat of the Men’s 100m Butterfly, in doing he qualified first and will take lane four in semi-final number two.

Calum Jarvis of Wales joins a host of other home nation athletes including in form Jacob Peters (England), Sean Campsie of Scotland and Northern Ireland’s James Brown in the Men’s 100m Butterfly semi-finals.

The Women’s 100m Breaststroke semi-finals will feature six athletes representing home nations. Molly Renshaw and Chloe Tutton return after their silver and bronze respectively in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke.

Flying the flag for Scotland will be Corrie Scott and Team England have a further two athletes taking to the water; 50m Breaststroke gold medallist Sarah Vasey and Jocelyn Ulyett.

Niamh Robinson and Stephanie Brew both of the Isle of Man, and Beth Sloan of Wales did not progress from the heats.

Abbie Wood, Aimee Willmott and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, all of Team England, secured finals berths in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley alongside Scotland’s Hannah Miley.

Niamh Robinson of the Isle of Man did not progress after she ranked 12th after the two heats.

The final event of the morning session on day four was the Women’s 800m Freestyle. Scotland’s Camilla Hattersley topped the home nation qualifiers, closely followed by Olympic silver medallist Jazz Carlin of Team Wales.

Holly Hibbott of Team England served up a strong heats swim to join Hattersley and Carlin in tomorrow’s final.

Find out who's racing on Day Four Finals of Gold Coast 2018 here