Swimmers in six more events will have their fate determined on Day 3 of swimming at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with heats set to set up some cracking finals in the evening session. Join The Roar for live coverage and updates from 10:30am (AEST).
Day 3 in the pool is headlined by the blue-ribband event, the men’s 100-metre freestyle. The one-lap dash will cover a staggering eight heats at the end of the programme, with the top 16 going through to the semi-finals in the evening session.
Duncan Carter and Aussie Kyle Chalmers are expected to be the fastest out of the heats, but will likely put in efforts less than 100 per cent to ensure they still have plenty in the tank.
Among others to watch will be Cameron McEvoy, Calum Jarvis, Markus Thormeyer and Jack Cartwright. At the front of the heats, there will be plenty in the battle for the final spots, with it likely to come down to a matter of tenths of a second.
The morning will commence with the men’s 200-metre butterfly, which is an event expected to be dominated by current world champion, South African Chad Le Clos.
Le Clos took the title in Budapest last year, but is also the Commonwealth Games record holder in the shorter 50 and 100-metre disciplines. Australians Grant Irvine and David Morgan are also expected to qualify for the final easily, while James Guy, Mackenzie Darragh and Jacob Peters are the others to watch.
It’ll be followed by the women’s 200-metre breaststroke, which has three heats. England are expected to dominate through Jocelyn Ulyett and Molly Renshaw.
Scot Hannah Miley will also be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing first night in the pool. Taylor McKeown is another favourite, while fellow Aussie Georgia Bohl will be desperate to qualify for the final.
The other events on Day 3 include a pair of para-sport heats, with the men’s SB8 100-metre breaststroke and women’s SM10 200-metre IM. Australia’s Timothy Disken will be favoured for victory in the men’s event.
A pair of 50-metre events will be the others contested on Day 3 with the men’s 50-metre backstroke expected to be led by Mitch Larkin, Benjamin Treffers and Northern Ireland’s Conor Ferguson.
In the women’s 50-metre butterfly, Cate Campbell and Erin Gallagher will fight out top honours, with Madeline Groves among those likely to be in the fight for qualification.
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