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Adam Peaty leads the way in Gold Coast heats

Olympic champion Adam Peaty was among the English swimmers who booked places in today’s final session on day two of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Defending champion Peaty (Loughborough NC) breezed through his first swim of his 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign, securing a place in the 100m Breaststroke semi-final later today.

He touched in 59.14 to book lane 4. Andrew Willis (Bath NC) will be in lane 6 after going through seventh fastest in 1:01.13.

Leading the other semi-final will be James Wilby. Following his victory yesterday in the 200m Breaststroke, the Loughborough NC swimmer won his 100m heat in 59.80 to book lane 4.

Wilby wasn’t the only medal winner from day 1 back in action. James Guy (Bath NC), who won bronze in the 400m Freestyle yesterday, won his 200m Freestyle heat in 1:47.04. He goes into today’s final second fastest behind Scotland’s Duncan Scott (1:46.62).

Nick Grainger (City of Sheffield) and Cameron Kurle (Bath NC) narrowly missed out on a place in the final, coming in 11th (1:48.72) and 13th (1:48.96) respectively.

In the 400m IM heats, Joe Litchfield (City of Sheffield) secured his place in the final after a strong final leg secured him the eighth fastest time with 4:21.34.

Tai motivated to swim hard by Hamer and Robinson

It was a solid session from the para-swimmers with Alice Tai (Bournemouth College) comfortably winning her heat in the S9 100m Backstroke.

The world record holder posted 1:09.63 and said she was motivated to ‘race hard today’ after watching Tom Hamer and Ellie Robinson scoop gold last night from the athlete’s village.

Para-swimmer Alice Tai after winning her heat at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

In the S9 100m Freestyle, Lewis White (City of Derby) came second in his heat to book his place in the final with 56.83. He will be joined by Jacob Leach (Cockermouth) who posted a 1:02.50 qualifying swim.

Consistent performance by relay team

The men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle team of David Cumberlidge (Edinburgh University), Elliot Clogg (Loughborough NC), Cameron Kurle (Bath NC) and Jarvis Parkinson (Loughborough NC) secured their place in tonight’s final with the fourth fastest time of the heats (3:17.99).

It was a consistent performance from the four swimmers, who were all within 0.2 seconds of each other, which puts them behind Australia, Scotland and New Zealand.

Semi-final places booked

There were also semi-final places booked for a number of England’s swimmers at the Optus Aquatics Centre in session three of the meet.

Anna Hopkin (Bath NC), fresh from her relay bronze last night, qualified in sixth for the 50m Freestyle semis, with Jess Jackson (Plymouth Leander) going through in 12th. They posted 25.29 and 26.01 respectively.

Anna Maine starts her 100m Backstroke heat at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Lizzie Simmonds (Edinburgh Uni) was in a 100m Backstroke heat with world record holder Kylie Masse from Canada.

Simmonds touched in 1:00.49 to finish second in the race and third overall. Jess Fullalove (Bath NC) and Anna Maine (Woking SC) also qualified for the semis in eighth (1:01.04) and 14th (1:02.63).

Gold Coast 2018 Results and Schedule