Day 2 | Commonwealth Games 2018 | Blank highlights

Artistic Gymnastics and Swimming were today’s jams.

Today saw us cheering on the women’s individual and team artistic gymnasts during a long day of subdivisions. It was the finals for the Teams, with the Individual medals being contested tomorrow.

The Subdivisions began as gymnasts from Sri Lanka, India, Jersey and South Africa took on the four apparatus, with board leader Claudia Cummins experiencing a significant injury during her final floor routine.

“To be very honest I’m not sure, I think it was just a landing error, something that I couldn’t really correct,” she said.

“I wanted to carry on the routine but I just couldn’t stand on my leg. It was nice to have the crowd backing me.”

Cummins hopes to be able to compete in tomorrow’s Women’s Individual Finals.

Subdivision 2 saw gymnasts for Malaysia, Isle of Man, Singapore, New Zealand, Malta and Scotland. While Scotland dominated the scoreboard, it was New Zealand first timer Stella Ashcroft who won the crowd’s hearts, first-time nerves and all.

“It was definitely nerve-racking going into it, but then things started to come round and it was pretty good. The atmosphere helped a lot,” she said.

Subdivision 3 included members of the teams from Wales, Cayman Islands, Canada and Cyprus, with Canada taking over the top spot of the leaderboardwith several jaw-dropping performances, but Subdivision 4 with Australia and England was obviously the one we waited for.

The Aussie super team of Emily Whitehead, Georgia Godwin, Rianna Mizzen, Alexandra Eade and Georgia-Rose Brown put on an absolutely stunning effort. Gold Coast was well represented, with both Georgias hailing from the host city.

Georgia Godwin’s memorable uneven bars performance and powerful vaults definitely cemented her as one to watch moving forward. Rianna Mizzen’s floor tumbling shone, while Alexandra Eade’s floor routine drew deafening roars from an appreciative crowd. All the girls owned the vault, but Emily Whitehead was exceptional.

Unfortunately, our Aussie girls weren’t the only ones who brought the goods, with England delivering an incredibly strong and consistent performance that nabbed them the Silver. Canada managed to hold onto the number one spot to take Gold, while our girls took the Bronze. Bronze is nothing to sniff at however, and Australia – and particularly Gold Coast! – should be extraordinarily proud of the performance given by these talented young women. Check back to see who is through to tomorrow’s individual finals, where we’ll be cheering with the best of them.

After world record breaking and gold medal performances in Day 1 events, Aussies opened Day 2 of the swimming with a strong performance in the Men’s 200m Freestyle with Kyle Chalmers, Alexander Graham and Mack Horton all progressing to tonight’s final (Update: Chalmers GOLD, Horton SILVER). There will be tough competition for medals from Scotland’s Duncan Scott, leading the pack this morning at 1.46.62, but with times so close, it will be a race to watch.

Women’s 50m Freestyle was also a delight, the six heats being a showcase of nations. From Sierra Leone, Ghana and the Seychelles, the Games gave many young swimmers a chance to compete before such a large crowd for the first time.

Several of last night’s world record-breaking Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team competed again today. The trio that trains together wins together it seems, with Cate Campbell, Shayna Jack and Bronte Campbell all progressing to tonight’s semi-finals notching up smart times under 25 seconds in the Women’s 50m Freestyle heats.

All eyes were on the Brits in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, with games and world record-holder Adam Peaty leading the heats, with fellow countryman James Wilby not far behind, both with sub minute times. Three Australian swimmers will join them in tonight’s semi-finals: Matt Wilson, Jake Packard and Liam Hunter.

There was jubilation when our own Emily Seebohm broke her own games record with a time of 58.91 in Heat 3 of the Women’s 100m Backstroke, a record held for a mere three minutes until an even faster record was set by world record holder, Canada’s Kylie Masse, setting a new games record of 58.70. Aussies Hayley Baker and Kaylee McKeown join Seebohm in the semi-finals tonight.

The 400m Individual Medley is a gruelling event but, with only two swimmers eliminated after today’s heats, the pace was cruisy, competitors saving themselves for tonight’s final, Australians Clyde Lewis and Travis Mahoney among them.

The S9 women’s and men’s events that followed reminded us that sport is for everyone, some para competitors removing a prosthetic leg before starting the race. Cheering was fierce, a huge ovation going out for India’s Kiran Tak who trailed in for a finish. All Aussie competitors in the S9 events will race again in tonight’s finals.

No one left the pool early today, the final event being one of the highlights. With fond memories of the 2000 Sydney Olympics when thirty-six years of American domination of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay ended when Aussie foursome Michael Klim, Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus and Ian Thorpe ‘smashed them like guitars’, today the Australian team led from the start, leaving other swimmers in their wake.

The team, led by Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, increased their lead with each leg swum by Jack Cartwright, James Magnussen and Gold Coast’s own Cameron McEvoy, finishing in 3.12.72 to set a new Games Record. It was a brilliant end to a perfect Gold Coast day.

Swimming words and images by Marj Osborne. Gymnastics words and images by Natalie O’Driscoll (via iPhone)

 

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