Commonwealth Games Live Blog Day One

Follow all the latest updates from the Team England Aquatics on the Gold Coast.

Live Blog

View the latest updates from Gold Coast below. Use the hashtags #GC2018, #GC2018Swimming and #GC2018Diving to join our conversation on Twitter.

ianwhadcoatApril 5, 20189:07 am

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the first Commonwealth Games 2018 swimming finals.

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If you missed this morning’s action, it’s been an eventful first day for Team England at the Optus Aquatic Arena

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Team England’s swimmers made a solid start on the Gold Coast with 17 progressing from this morning’s heats to the semi-finals and finals

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But there was disappointment for Ben Proud, who was disqualified from the 50m Butterfly for a false start

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Proud and Team England appealed against the decision but it was upheld by an independent panel. However, he’s at the pool to support his team-mates at today’s finals

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The first final taking place this morning at 10.37am UK time is the women’s 400m Individual Medley – Aimee Willmott and Abbie Wood will be in action for Team England

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Willmott qualified in a time of 4:39.19 and will be in lane five, while Wood’s time of 4:44.39 means she will be swimming in lane eight

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Don’t forget to use the hashtags gc2018, gc2018swimming and gc2018diving to join our conversation @Swim_England on Twitter.

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The swimmers are entering a packed Optus Aquatic Arena for the women’s 400m IM final

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Willmott won a silver medal in the 400m IM at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – will she make a return to the podium here?

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And they’re off…

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Canada’s Sarah Darcel leading after the first 100m

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Darcel still ahead after 200m – but Willmott up to second place following the backstroke

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100m to go and Willmott leads – 0.18 seconds ahead of Scotland’s defending champion Hannah Miley

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50m to go and Miley has taken the lead

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GOLD for Aimee Willmott!

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She touched home first in 4:34.90 to take England’s first gold of the Commonwealth Games – brilliant swim from Aimee

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Hannah Miley finished second – 0.26 seconds behind in 4:35.16

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Third was Australia’s Blair Evans in 4:28.23

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Abbie Wood finished sixth in 4:40.55

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What a start for Team England in the pool – Willmott went one better than Glasgow to clinch the gold medal. Now its James Guy’s turn in the men’s 400m Freestyle final.

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He qualified in a time of 3:50.23 and will be in lane two

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Guy leads after the first 50m

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After 100m, Guy is still ahead and is 1.37 seconds under world record pace. Can he keep it up?

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Half way through the 400m Freestyle final and Guy still leads – 1.14 seconds ahead of the current world record

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This is a brilliant effort from Guy – he still leads with 100m to go

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Australia’s Mack Horton in front with 50m to go – but Guy can still win a medal

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BRONZE for James Guy

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Guy won bronze at Glasgow 2014 and repeats that in Australia

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Olympic champion Mack Horton took gold in 3:43.76 with his Australia team-mate Jack McLoughlin second in 3:45.21 – just ahead of Guy in 3:45.32

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Two finals and two medals for Team England – brilliant start. Aimee Willmott about to receive her gold medal

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Aimee looks very emotional Jerusalem rings around the Optus Aquatic Arena

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Aimee has followed in the footsteps of her mum, Jackie, who won a gold medal in the 4x100m Freestyle relay at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane

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The moment you realise you’re a Commonwealth Games champion

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The women’s 200m Freestyle final has started – Ellie Faulkner and Holly Hibbott competing in this one

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Faulkner is third after 100m

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It’s not a third medal for Team England – Faulkner has to settle for fourth place

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Canada’s Taylor Ruck set a new Games record as she won gold in 1:54.81

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Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon were second and third in 1:54.85 and 1:56.26 respectively

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Faulkner finished in 1:57.72 in fourth ahead of Hibbott who was fifth in 1.58:55

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James Guy is receiving his bronze medal

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Next it’s the turn of Tom Hamer in the Men’s S14 200m Freestyle final

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James gives one lucky fan a souvenir after throwing the cuddly toy he was presented with at the medal ceremony into the crowd

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Here is the full story of Aimee Willmott winning gold in the 400m Individual Medley final

https://bit.ly/2q5R7bU

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Hamer leads after 100m

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Hamer is 2.29 seconds under the world record pace with 50m to go

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GOLD for Hamer in a world record time of 1:55.88

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Brilliant swim from Hamer and it’s Team England’s third swimming medal

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Australia’s Liam Schluter and Daniel Fox were second and third in 1:56.23 and 1:58.26 respectively

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Ellie Robinson is up next in the women’s S7 50m Butterfly final

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Robinson starts as the favourite – can she take the gold?

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GOLD for Robinson

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Ellie is in tears in the pool as she realises she is a Commonwealth Games champion

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She finished in 35.72 – six-tenths under her lifetime best

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Canada’s Sarah Mehain was second behind Ellie in 37.69

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Time for a couple of medal ceremonies – first it’s the women’s 200m Freestyle and then Tom Hamer will collect his gold for winning the men’s S14 200m Freestyle

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Tom Hamer about to enter the Optus Aquatic Arena to collect his gold medal

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Been an impressive morning for Team England so far – three gold medals and a bronze and there’s still two finals to go today

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Tom Hamer is presented with his gold medal by the Prince of Wales

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Now it’s time for semi-final action – first up we have the men’s 50m butterfly races. Going for Team England in the first semi-final is Jacob Peters

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Peters will be in lane three after qualifying in a time of 24.19 earlier this morning

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Peters finishes fourth in 24.05 – will it be enough for him to qualify for tomorrow’s final? Semi-final two coming up

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Chad Le Clos wins the second semi-final in 23.53

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Jacob Peters’ time of 24.05 is enough to see him reach tomorrow’s 50m Butterfly final – he was seventh fastest

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Now it’s the women’s 50m Breaststroke semi-finals

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Molly Renshaw is in lane eight for the first semi-final

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Renshaw finishes in eighth place in 32.18

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In the second semi-final, Jocelyn Ulyett and Sarah Vasey are in lanes one and four respectively

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Jane Nickerson, Swim England’s CEO, is enjoying the action at the Optus Aquatic Arena. She said: “Very excited. Three golds and one bronze in five races. Lots of atmosphere in the stadium.”

ianwhadcoatApril 5, 201811:10 am

Vasey finishes second in 30.75. Ulyett was seventh in 31.96

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Vasey is in tomorrow’s final but Ulyett and Renshaw both miss out

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Ellie Robinson will now pick up her gold medal

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Ellie full of emotion as she listens to Jerusalem with her gold medal proudly around her neck

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More semi-final action next as Luke Greenbank and Elliot Clogg go for Team England in the men’s 100m Backstroke

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Greenbank clocked 54.62 in this morning’s heat and goes in lane four in semi-final one

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Clogg’s time of 55.08 puts him in lane three in the second semi-final

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Greenbank finishes second in 54.54 – a new lifetime best

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Clogg finished sixth in 55.42

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That wasn’t enough for Clogg to go through – but Greenbank was fifth fastest to qualify for tomorrow’s final

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Now we’re heading into the last two semi-finals of the day – the women’s 100m Butterfly

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Emily Large is in lane eight for the first semi-final – she clocked 1:00.46 this morning in the heats

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And Laura Stephens is in lane seven after finishing in 59.68 in the heats

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Large finished seventh in 59.96 and Stephens came home eighth in a time of 1:00.18

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After the second 100m Butterfly semi-final, it will be medal action again with the final two events of the day

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James Wilby and Andrew Willis will be taking part in the men’s 200m Breaststroke final before Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Freya Anderson, Anna Hopkin and Ellie Faulkner go in the women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay final

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Time for the men’s 200m Breaststroke final – Wilby is lane three after clocking 2:10.07 in the semi-final, while Willis is in lane six following his time of 2:10.52

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Wilby leads with 50m to go

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GOLD for Wilby

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Wilby came from nowhere with 100m to go to beat defending champion Ross Murdoch by 0.27 seconds

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Andrew Willis finished fourth in 2:09.31

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Wilby’s time was 2:08.05, Murdoch second in 2:08.32 and Australia’s Matt Wilson in 2:08.64

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So, Team England’s swimming medal tally now stands at four golds and one bronze – with just the women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay to go

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Team England are in lane three with Siobhan-Marie O’Connor leading the team off

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England second after the first 50m

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Canada lead after 100m, Australia second and England third

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Australia well ahead after 200m – England still hold third place with Anna Hopkin swimming the third leg

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Ellie Faulkner swimming the last leg for England

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Australia lead, Canada second, England third with 50m to go

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Australia take gold in a world record time of 3:30.05

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Canada take silver and it’s a bronze for England

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Canada finished in 3:33.92 with England clocking 3:38.40

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But it’s been an incredible day for Team England in the pool – four golds and two bronze medals

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James Wilby now being presented with his 200m Breaststroke gold medal

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What an amazing day for Team England in the pool. Fingers crossed for more of the same tomorrow

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And the last action of the evening sees Team England receiving their bronze medal for the women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay

ianwhadcoatApril 5, 201812:26 pm

That’s all for today – please join us for the live blog tomorrow when another nine gold medals will be won.

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