Men's 50m Freestyle
England’s defending champion, World Championship bronze medallist, Ben Proud who was fourth at the Rio Olympics, will start favourite to add gold to his collection with far and away the best resume of the field. In 2014 in Glasgow it was Aussie pair Cam McEvoy and James Magnussen and they’ll be back in the hunt with Australian Trials winner James Roberts chasing Australia’s first win in this event in 28 years. Proud sits on top of the 2018 world rankings on 21.52 but went 21.43 to take bronze in Budapest behind the USA’s Caleb Dressell. McEvoy has been 21.44, Magnussen 21.52 and Roberts 21.91. You would think sub 21.40 would be fast enough to win the gold. One to watch: Australian champion James Roberts, the man who held his nerve to win the Trials and the energy of the home crowd could play a major part. Did you know: The only Australian to win this event at the Commonwealth Games is Andrew Baildon who claimed the Australian quinella with former high jumper Angus Waddell second, in Auckland in1990.
Men's 1500m Freestyle
On times and certainly on performance the Australian boys Mack Horton and Jack McLoughlin will share the spoils in “Australia’s race” on the final night of the Games. Horton is one of the world’s best 1500m swimmers, having finished third at last year’s World Championships, fifth at the Rio Olympics and with a personal best of 14:39.54 – a sub 14:40 realm reserved for the best of the best. Jack McLoughlin, who beat Horton at the Trials, just missed the Rio final, finished 11th at Budapest World’s and has a PB of 14:48.60 – a time that will not only put you in any international final but in the medal hunt. Daniel Jervis (Wales), Stephen Milne (Scotland) and Brent Szurdoki (South Africa) will be hot on their heels looking for a place on the podium. One to Watch: Without doubt Jack McLoughlin, who produced a couple of X-factor laps over 400 and 1500m at the Trials to suggest he is very much on the move. Did you know: Australia has not won the gold in the 1500m since Grant Hackett’s win in Manchester in 2002 – the 12th straight victory by an Australian in the 1500m.
Women's 400m Freestyle
If the top three seeds in this race all produce their best then we are in for one of the races of the Games. Top ranked and Australian record holder Ariarne Titmus will be riding on the wave that saw her win the 200, 400 and the 800m at the Australian Trials, the 400m in a new Australian record time of 4:02.38; then there is 2015 World Championship bronze medallist, Australia’s Jessica Ashwood with a PB from that night of 4:03.34 and Glasgow silver medallist Jazz Carlin (Wales) who was fourth behind Ashwood on 4:03.74, who will be lining up for her fourth Commonwealth Games and who was 10th in her first Games in Melbourne in 2006. One to watch: Ariarne Titmus has been the talk of the town this summer and every time she swims it’s a case of “how fast will she swim this time?” The burning question: Can the kid break 4 minutes? Did you know: The last Australian to win this event was Rachel Harris in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. Rachel is now a sports physician and has been part of Australian swim teams in this new role.
Womens' S8 50m Freestyle
Australia’s multi award-winning Paralympian Lakeisha Patterson from Lawnton will be aiming to finish off her Games campaign on a golden note in the last lap of the meet. The world ranked number one and Paralympic and World Championship silver medallist has already shown she is on song this season with a victory in the Trials meet at the Games pool. She will be joined by fellow Paralympic medallist Lane Cove’s Tiffany Thomas-Kane who could well give AUS a 1-2 finish. Who to watch: Tiffany Thomas-Kane, who will be looking to improve her PB and sneak under 33 seconds. Did you know: Lakeisha Patterson was awarded the Queensland Athlete with a Disability Award for her six-medal haul at the Rio Paralympics.