Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


  • Friday, July 29 – Wednesday, August 3, 2022
  • Birmingham, England
  • Sandwell Aquatic Center
  • Start Times
    • Prelims: 10:30 am local / 5:30 am ET
    • Finals: 7:00 pm local / 2:00 pm ET
  • LCM (50m)
  • Meet Central
  • Event Schedule
  • Entry List (PDF)
  • Live Results

The second morning session of the 2022 Commonwealth Games only features six events, but one of those is the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, where all eyes will be on world record holder Adam Beaty‘s long-awaited return to the pool.

The greatest short-distance breaststroker in history took a break from racing after he defended his 100 breast Olympic title last summer in Tokyo. Peaty appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, a UK reality competition show, where he reportedly suffered a minor ankle injury. Then in May, he revealed that he fractured a bone in his foot, sidelining him for six weeks.

Forced to watch as his world titles were taken from him last month in Budapest, Peaty says he has gained new motivation since his last major international meet.

“These last few months when I haven’t had the smoothest rides, I’ve had things taken away from me,” the 27-year-old Englishman told The Herald Scotland. “I saw my World Championship titles being taken away without any control over that, and that’s given me a new lease on life, a hunger that I was missing.”

Saturday will give us our first glimpse at whether Peaty is really back and better than ever in home waters.

Other prelims action includes defending Olympic champion Tom Dean in the men’s 200 freestyle against fellow Brit Duncan Scott. In the women’s 50 free, defending Olympic champion Emma McKeon is up against another Aussie sprint star in Shayna Jackwho crushed a 24.14 at Australian Trials before pulling out of Worlds with a broken hand.

There’s also a showdown in the women’s 100 backstroke between Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown and Kylie Masse, as the Commonwealth Games record holder from Canada will be looking to avenge her .25-second loss to the Aussie in Tokyo. Scott owns the top time this year among men’s 400 IM contestants (4:09.18, sixth in the world this year), while Australian 4×100 free relay team may need to lower its own Commonwealth Games record of 3:12.72 from 2018 in order to hold off England.

Men’s 200 Free Prelims

  • CG Record: 1:44.71, Ian Thorpe (AUS), 2002
  1. Elijah Winnington, Australia, 1:46.87
  2. Duncan ScottScotland, 1:47.16
  3. Tom DeanEngland, 1:47.19
  4. Mack Horton, Australia, 1:47.37
  5. Matthew Richards, Wales, 1:47.59
  6. Calum Jarvis, Wales, 1:48.22
  7. Matt Sates, South Africa, 1:48.25
  8. Max Litchfield, England, 1:48.44

Fresh off Friday’s 400 free title, Elijah Winnington won the third 200 free heat and secured the top qualifying spot as the only swimmer sub-1:47 in the morning featuring heats, leading a pack Olympic champ Tom Dean. The 22-year-old Winnington was only about a second slower than his personal best from Worlds last month, so we could see another PB tonight. Second-seeded Duncan Scott is in good position to medal again after taking home a bronze medal back in 2018. A pair of Welsh freestylers made the final between Matthew Richards (No. 5 seed) and Calum Jarvis (No. 6 seed).

Women’s 50 Free Prelims

  • CG Record: 23.78, Cate Campbell (AUS), 2018
  1. Shayna JackAustralia, 24.31
  2. Emma McKeonAustralia, 24.52
  3. Meg Harris, Australia, .24.57
  4. Anna Hopkin, England, 24.77
  5. Emma Chelius, South Africa, 25.11
  6. Danielle Hill, Northern Ireland, .25.29
  7. Isabella Hindley, England, 25.31
  8. Olivia Nel, South Africa, 25.40
  9. Anna Hadjiloizou, Cyprus, 25.44
  10. Erin Gallagher, South Africa, 25.54
  11. Cherelle Thompson, Trinidad and Tobago, .25.64
  12. Xiang Qi Amanda Lim, Singapore, 25.68
  13. Maddy Moore, Bermuda, 25.85
  14. Emma Russell, Scotland, 25.87
  15. Mackenzie Headley, Jamaica, .25.95
  16. Evie Davis, Scotland, 26.01

The Aussies finished 1-2-3 here as Shayna Jack emphatically returned from a broken hand by going more than two-tenths of a second faster than the field. We’ll see how much more defending Olympic champ Emma McKeon has left in the tank tonight. 20-year-old Meg Harris was just off her personal-best 24.38 from last month that earned her bronze at Worlds.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  1. Adam BeatyEngland, 59.92
  2. Sam Williamson, Australia, 1:00.16
  3. Zac Stubblety-Cook, Australia, 1:00.18
  4. James Wilby, England, 1:00.62
  5. Archie Goodburn, Scotland, 1:00.92
  6. Joshua Yong, Australia, 1:00.93
  7. Ross Murdoch, Scotland, 1:01.10
  8. Brenden Crawford, South Africa, 1:01.11
  9. Craig Benson, Scotland, 1:01.14
  10. Maximillian Ang, Singapore, 1:01.54
  11. Greg Butler, England, 1:01.59
  12. Michael Houlie, South Africa, 1:01.62
  13. James Dergousoff, Canada, 1:01.79
  14. Kyle Booth, Wales, 1:02.00
  15. Jadon Wuilliez, Antigua, 1:02.38
  16. Panayiotis Panaretos, Cyprus, 1:02.83

World record holder Adam Beaty was the only swimmer sub-1:00 in his long-awaited return from injury, but Australia’s Sam Williamson wasn’t far behind with a new best time that shaved .01 seconds off his previous benchmark. Neither was Zac Stubblety-Cookwho was only about half a second off his personal best from Worlds last month. Adrian Robinson He barely missed the final as the 17th qualifier, but he still lowered his own Botswana national record from 2019 by more than a second.

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  1. Kylie MasseCanada, 58.93
  2. Kaylee McKeownAustralia, 59.58
  3. Medi Harris, Wales, 1:00.02
  4. Minna Atherton, Australia, 1:00.65
  5. Lauren Cox, England, 1:00.77
  6. Mary-Sophie Harvey, Canada, 1:00.98
  7. Rebecca Meder, South Africa, 1:01.78
  8. Danielle Hill, Northern Ireland, 1:01.85
  9. Cassie Wild, Scotland, 1:02.06
  10. Charlotte Evans, Wales, 1:02.31
  11. Holly McGill, Scotland, 1:02.41
  12. Katie Shanahan, Scotland, 1:02.86
  13. Tatiana Tostevin, Guernsey, 1:03.50
  14. Vanessa Hazel Ouwehand, New Zealand, 1:03.86
  15. Emma Harvey, Bermuda, 1:04.17
  16. Danielle Titus, Barbados

Defending champ Kylie Masse was the only swimmer sub-59 in the morning heats, crushing a huge swim just three-tenths of a second shy of her own Commonwealth Games record from 2018. Masse clocked a 58.39 at Worlds last month, so a new record could be coming soon for the top seed. Defending Olympic champ Kaylee McKeown was the only other swimmer sub-1:00 in a prelims that was without late scratch Mollie O’Callaghan. Northern Ireland 22-year-old Danielle Hill pulled off the 50 free / 100 back double, placing inside the top eight in both events.

Men’s 400 IM Prelims

  • CG Record: 4:11.04, Daniel Wallace (SCO), 2014
  1. Lewis Clareburt, New Zealand, 4:17.72
  2. Brendon Smith, Australia, 4:18.32
  3. Matt Sates, South Africa, 4:19.04
  4. Collyn Gagne, Canada, 4:19.63
  5. Kieren Pollard, Australia, 4:19.64
  6. Se-Bom Lee, Australia, 4:19.66
  7. Duncan ScottScotland, 4:20.92
  8. Mark Szaranek, Scotland, 4:21.34

Duncan Scott held the fastest time this year coming into the meet, but on the back end of a tough 200 free / 400 IM double, he took the seventh seed. Lewis Clareburt looked eager to return to the podium after bringing home a bronze from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, cruising to a victory in the second heat. Brendon Smith won the first heat, and he’ll have two other Aussies (Kieren Pollard and Se-Bom Lee) joining him in tonight’s final.

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay Prelims

  • CG Record: 3:12.72, AUS, 2018
  1. Australia, 3:15.64
  2. England, 3:16.93
  3. Wales, 3:18.69
  4. Canada, 3:20.24
  5. Singapore, 3:20.74
  6. South Africa, 3:24.68
  7. Isle of Man, 3:27.30
  8. Fiji, 3:32.18

Australia touched about a second ahead of England in a two-team battle for first place. Joe Litchfield (48.95) posted the only sub-49 split for England while the Aussies got a pair from Cody Simpson (48.86) Flynn Southam (48.89), who clocked the fastest split in prelims.

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