Gold and Games record for Thomas

9 Apr 2018

Alys Thomas claimed Team Wales their first gold medal in pool of the 2018 Commonwealth Games as she won the Women’s 200m Butterfly final.

Thomas, sealed the gold in a new Games record and personal best time of 2:05.45 and had an almost two second lead over the rest of the field at the touch.

The Welsh swimmer was joined on the podium by an Australian pair of Laura Taylor in silver and Emma McKeon in bronze.

Charlotte Atkinson (Isle of Man) swam another impressive race and finished just outside the medals in fourth.

Team England had two swimmers in the final, both on their Games debuts, Emily Large in seventh and Laura Stephens finished eighth.

Adam Peaty, racing for Team England, claimed his second medal of Gold Coast 2018, this time a silver in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke.

Peaty, who set a Games record of 26.49 in yesterday’s semi-final, was pipped to the touch by defending champion South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh, who took the gold.

James Wilby (England) made it three medals from three events after he claimed the bronze and joined Van Der Burgh and Peaty on the Gold Coast podium.

Scotland’s Euan Inglis went in lane one and finished seventh overall.

James Guy finished the Men’s 100m Butterfly as the silver medallist for Team England behind South Africa’s Chad le Clos who has taken gold in each of the butterfly events on the Gold Coast.

In fifth place was Guy’s teammate Jacob Peters who made yet another final on his first Commonwealth Games outing.

Calum Jarvis of Wales was seventh and Scottish swimmer Sean Campsie was eighth.

Luke Greenbank of Team England put in a strong performance in the Men’s 200m Backstroke final and held on to the pace throughout the whole race and was nudged off the podium by an Australian trio at the touch.

Craig McNally (Scotland) and Xavier Castelli (Wales) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

The medals in the Men’s 200m Backstroke were shared amongst the Australian’s, with gold medallist Mitch Larkin doing the triple and claiming the 2018 Commonwealth titles in the 50m, 100 and 200m back events.

Silver went to Bradley Woodward and the bronze medal was collected by Josh Beaver.

In the Women’s 800m Freestyle final, Holly Hibbott (England) fought all the way into the wall to set a new personal best of 8:29.05 but wasn’t able to prevent another Australian one-two-three and finished fourth.

Scotland’s Camilla Hattersley was on Hibbott’s feet throughout the 16-lap swim but wasn’t able to catch her and closed the race in fifth. Olympic silver medallist Jazz Carlin (Wales) wasn’t able to defend her title and finished sixth.

Gold went to Ariarne Titmus, silver to Jessica Ashwood and bronze went to Kiah Melverton, all of Australia.

Tonia Shaw (Scotland) set yet another personal best time of 1:27.99 in the Women’s SB9 100m Breaststroke. She ranked seventh to bring to a close her programme of events at Gold Coast 2018, a very impressive debut that saw her set a new PB in every event swam.

Chloe Tutton (Wales) after bronze in the 200m breast and England’s Sarah Vasey after her gold in the 50m breast, both went in the final of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke final and were ranked fifth and seventh respectively.

Tatjanna Schoenmaker of South Africa was the gold medallist, Canada’s Kierra Smith claimed the silver and bronze went to Georgia Bohl of the host nation.

Anna Hopkin of Team England was the sole home nation swimmer in the Women’s 100m Freestyle final, she touched home eighth after another great swim.

The medals were split between the Campbell sisters of Australia, Bronte in gold and Cate taking the silver. Canada’s Taylor Ruck rounded of the podium in bronze medal position.

Ben Proud recorded another Commonwealth Games Record and a new British record of 21.30 in the Men’s 50m Freestyle semi-finals and in doing so qualified top of the pile for the final tomorrow.

Proud will go in lane four and will be joined by English teammates Thomas Fannon and David Cumberlidge who qualified as the fourth and seventh fastest men.

Calum Bain of Northern Ireland ranked tenth after both semi-finals, Jack Thorpe and Scott McLay both of Scotland were 11th and 12th, all missed out on a spot in the final.

Georgia Davies is the defending champion in the Women’s 50m Backstroke and she delivered a comfortable swim to stay on track to claim gold again in tomorrow’s final as she won her semi-final and ranked first overall.

Three Scottish swimmers have also booked themselves into tomorrow’s title decider, Kathleen Dawson, Cassie Wild and Lucy Hope.