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2018 Commonwealth Games: Swimming Day 5 heats, live updates, blog

9th April, 2018
Start time: 10:30am (AEST)
Venue: Optus Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast
TV: Live, Seven Network
Online: Live, 7CommGames app or website

Full event list
10:31am - Men's 200-metre backstroke (three heats)
10:49am - Women's 50-metre backstroke (four heats)
11:04am - Women's 50-metre freeatyle (eight heats)
11:24am - Women's para-sport SB9 100-metre breaststroke (one heat)
11:33am - Men's para-sport S7 50-metre freestyle (one heat)
11:42am - Women's 200-metre butterfly (two heats)
Australia's swimmers are back in action today (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
9th April, 2018

The men’s 50-metre freestyle headlines the fifth morning of competition at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, with another packed session of heats ahead. Join The Roar for live coverage and updates from 10:30am (AEST).

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After disappointment in the 100-metre event last night, Cameron McEvoy will begin his chance for redemption in the one-lap dash.

He is the second fastest qualifier for the event, holding a personal best of 21.55. He looked tired last night though and while it’s not imperative to go that fast in the heats, he could do with a confidence-restoring swim.

One man who has no excuse for conditioning is James Magnussen. The man known as the missile has only swum one over event at the Games, helping Australia to gold in the 4×100-metre relay. Now, in his only individual event, he will be favoured to feature in the final at very least.

Ben Proud goes in as the quickest qualifier, while South African Bradley Tandy, Canadian Yuri Kisil, Aussie James Roberts and Englishman Thomas Fannon all present solid opposition for the favourites once the event reaches its finals over the next 48 hours.

Another Aussie with a chance to continue his golden meet is Mitch Larkin. Already with two gold medals to his name, he will attempt to do the same in the 200-metre backstroke, where he will receive strong opposition from Luke Greenbank, Xavier Castelli, Josh Beaver, Conor Ferguson and fellow Aussie Bradley Woodward.

The list behind Larkin will be licking their lips at a chance to go for gold, with Larkin juggling a heavy event schedule and likely not to be at full fitness once the finals hit.

Emily Seebohm will aim to continue the redemption trend in the 50-metre backstroke after lucking out in both the 100 and 200-metre version of the events, while another Aussie in Laura Taylor will go in as favourite for the women’s 200-metre butterfly.


That is shaping as a quality duel between Taylor and Isle of Man competitor Charlotte Atkinson.

Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of Day 5 at the pool from 10:30am (AEST) and don’t forget to add a comment in the section below.