Men's 100m Freestyle
The Australian trio of Kyle Chalmers, Jack Cartwright and Cam McEvoy have a golden opportunity to become the princes of power and claim a sixth Aussie trifecta in the blue ribband 100m freestyle. Australia has claimed the top three spots on the podium on five previous occasions –and they get the chance to repeat the dose dished out in Glasgow four years ago when James Magnussen, Cam McEvoy and Tommaso D’Orsogna led the charge. In 2018 just McEvoy remains, joined by teenage heart throbs, Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers and 2017 Budapest World Championship finalist Jack Cartwright. One to watch: The one boy who can split the Aussies is Scotland’s Duncan Scott – fifth in Budapest – edging between McEvoy and Cartwright. Did you know: Sydney’s Jon Henricks led Australia’s first clean sweep in the 100m freestyle in Vancouver in 1954 beating Cyrus Weld and Rex Aubury. Henricks went on to win Australia’s first Olympic gold in the event in Melbourne in 1956.
Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Australia takes a distinct advantage over the other countries in this event with the reigning World champions Great Britain split into England and Scotland –with James Guy and the late addition Nicholas Grainger spearheading England and Duncan Scott and Stephen Milne joining Daniel Wallace swimming for Scotland, with the Aussies enjoying the inclusion of Olympic 100m champion Kyle Chalmers into their squad, joining 400m Olympic champion Mack Horton, Alex Graham and newcomer Elijah Winnington, who kept Clyde Lewis, David McKeon and Cam McEvoy at bay in an exciting Australian Trials. In fact, Australia will enjoy the luxury of resting both Chalmers and Horton from the heats – given their packed programs. One to watch: It will be interesting to see just how fast Kyle Chalmers swims in this relay – it has been one of his goals to make this team and now he finally gets the chance. Did you know: Australia has only lost this relay once since 1954 and that was to England in Melbourne in 2006 – winning a record 13 times straight.
Women's 200m Backstroke
The Canadian girls Taylor Ruck and Olympic silver medallist Kylie Masse will arrive onto the Gold Coast with the runs on the board – ranked No 1 and 2 in the world ahead of Australian trio, rising star Kaylee McKeown, Budapest World Champion Emily Seebohm and the return of Hayley Baker. McKeown out-touched Seebohm by a finger nail at the Aussie Trials but you get the feeling Seebohm, the ultimate competitor, will set herself up for this one. Ruck and Masse dominated the US Pro Series event in Atlanta to further stake their claims for Gold Coast gold. Another to include is England’s 2010 silver medallist Lizzie Simmonds who split Aussie pair Meagen Nay and Seebohm in Delhi. Ones to watch: Has to be the teenagers Taylor Ruck (CAN) and Kaylee McKeown (AUS) who have nothing to lose and are on the move. Did you know: Australia has won this event seven times, England four, Canada twice and New Zealand once.
Women's S9 100m Freestyle
One of the real premier events in the Para sport program with Australia fielding a strong trio, led by Paralympic and World Champion in this event Ellie Cole, rising star and Rio finalist Emily Beecroft and the multi-talented Paralympic champion over 400m freestyle Lakeisha Patterson. There is nothing between the three Aussies and England’s Alice Tai in what will be a real shoot out for the podium. Cole has had an indifferent 12 months, recovering from a broken foot but is a big-time performer and her second Games will certainly bring out the best in the Melbourne-born Cole, who moved to Sydney to further her career but who is now firmly entrenched on the Sunshine Coast with the USC Spartans, under coach Nathan Doyle. One to watch: Lakeisha Patterson, broke the world record in the 400m freestyle at the Australian Trials and also set a PB of 1:03.96 in the 100m freestyle. Did you know: Emily Beecroft, born in Traralgon (VIC) is a triplet and Ellie Cole, born in Lilydale (VIC) is a twin.