Men's SB8 100m Breaststroke
Australia will have a three-pronged attack in this SB8 100m breaststroke with multi-talented Paralympic freestyle champion Timothy Disken on top of the Commonwealth rankings ahead of 17-year-old Sydney Paralympic team mate Timothy Hodge and 27-year-old London gold medallist and triple Paralympian Blake Cochrane. Disken will go into the Games with a PB of 1:12.39 and Hodge on a 1:16.91 with Cochrane looking to improve on his 1:19.40 and to get back to his career best of 1:15.67 from 2014. Disken won gold in the 2014 Para Pan Pacs in Pasadena and finished fifth in the World Championships 12 months later. Hodge, from the Hills Swimming and Life Saving Club, will be looking to win his first major international medal. The Kiwis will also be chasing medals in this one with Jesse Reynolds among a strong New Zealand Para swimming group. One to watch: Timothy Hodge, who competed at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow where at 14 years of age, he was the second youngest member of the Australian team. Did you know: Timothy Disken has played piano for 17 years and is a qualified piano instructor. He has particular appreciation of classical and jazz piano pieces.
Men's 100m Breastroke
There will not be too many events at these Games with the calibre of fields that this 100m breaststroke will attract, with two of the world’s greats going head to head. Led by swimming’s highest profile international swimmer at these Games, Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion and world record holder in England’s Adam Peaty - very much the man of the moment. Joining him is the previous Olympic champion, two-time world champion and former world record holder in South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh. The three Australians, Jake Packard, Matthew Wilson and Brisbane rookie Liam Hunter should all be in the medal mix alongside another Englishman and sub 60 swimmer James Wilby and experienced Scot, Ross Murdoch. Who wants the last lane?” One to watch: If Jake Packard can produce his best in this final then there is no reason why he can’t at least split Peaty and Van der Burgh. It will bring out the best in all the Aussies. Did you know: Simon Cowley in 1998 was the last Australian to win this event and if Peaty wins he will become the first back-to-back winner since 1964 Olympic champion over 200m breaststroke, Australia’s Ian O’Brien, who won in Perth in 1962 and Kingston, Jamaica in 1966.
Women's 100m Backstroke
This will be the first of the world championship showdowns between Australia’s Emily Seebohm and Canada’s Kylie Masse in a head-to-head top of the rankings clash – Masse the reigning world champion and world record holder over 100m backstroke verses defending Commonwealth champion, 2015 Kazan world champion and Budapest world champion over 200m backstroke, Seebohm who was third behind Masse in the 100m in Budapest. Add teen stars Taylor Ruck and Jade Hannah for Canada and one of Australia’s own teenage swimming idols in Kaylee McKeown and a re-born Hayley Baker for Australia and this is a world-class field. Then add in 2014 silver medallist from Wales, Georgia Davies and English teen Anna Maine – a European Junior bronze medallist and the lanes are full! One to watch: Australia’s Kaylee McKeown, more suited over 200m so far in her short career, only dipped under 60 seconds for the first time this season and it remains to be seen just how far under she can go. Watch for her over the final 25 metres. Did you know: If Emily Seebohm wins the gold she will join the likes of Mike Wenden, Petria Thomas, Leisel Jones (twice) to win three consecutive Games gold medals in the same event.
Women's 200m Breaststroke
Hardly anything separated World championship finalists Kierra Smith (Canada), Molly Renshaw (England) and Australia’s defending champion Taylor McKeown in Budapest last year and it’s probably safe to say this trio will be right in the firing line as McKeown tries to become only the third Australian to defend the 200m breaststroke crown. She will be joined by fellow Sunshine Coaster, London Olympian, Tessa Wallace and Rio Olympian, Georgia Bohl, who has made a successful comeback from a seven-month knee injury. One to watch: Canadian Kierra Smith – who was just 0.30 outside bronze at the World Championships, a former NCCA champion with the University of Minnesota and Rio Olympic finalist. Did you know: There have been four multiple winners of this event: Elenor Gordon (Scotland) in 1950 and 1954; Anita Lonsbrough (England) in 1958 and 1962; Sam Riley (Australia) 1994 and 1998 and Leisel Jones a three-time winner in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Women's 50m Freestyle
There is nothing to suggest that Australia can’t fill the trifecta in this event that was first contested at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990 and won by Lisa Curry-Kenny. Only two Commonwealth swimmers, who will line up on the Gold Coast, swam in the 2017 World Championship semi-finals. 2015 World Champion, Bronte Campbell finished in a triple dead-heat for sixth in the final while her training partner Shayna Jack was 13th at her first World Championships. This year’s world ranked No1 Cate Campbell, who trains alongside sister Bronte and Jack under Simon Cusack at Chandler in Brisbane watched from the grandstand last year in Budapest, This year she will be back to try and go one better than Glasgow and take the gold. If her form, including an improved dive and a “no breath” policy continues she will be tough to beat – and if Bronte and Shayna hold their form then a 1-2-3 to Australia is very much on the cards. One to watch: If anyone can split the Campbell sisters then Shayna Jack can, although Cate and Bronte (C1 and C2 as they are often known) managed to create family history and claim their seventh sister quinella – four to Cate and three to Bronte. Did you know: Lisa Curry made her Commonwealth Games debut in Edmonton in 1978; was one of the golden girls of the Games in 1982 and after missing 1986 and 1998 to get married and give birth to daughter Jami-Lee, came back to win the 50m freestyle gold in 1990 – at age 27.