Night two in the pool saw history made, a World Record set and a mountain of medals for the green and gold.
The first medal of the night came from 19-year-old debutant Chelsea Hodges (30.05) whose bronze in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke set the pace for the session. Teammates Jenna Strauch (30.85) and Abbey Harkin (31.20) finished in fifth and seventh respectively.
Elijah Winnington (1:45.62) added a second medal to his luggage home taking bronze the Men’s 200m Freestyle. Mack Horton (1:46.78) finished fourth in the race that was won by Scotland’s Duncan Scott.
Bronze Medallist Jacob Templeton (24.47) was the top placed Australian in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S13. Braedan Jason (24.56) followed closely behind in fourth with Oscar Stubbs (24.90) touching with the fifth fastest time.
The Women’s 50m Freestyle S13 saw Australian Katja Dedekind (26.56) set a new World Record as she swam her way to the top podium position.
“It is my first long course World Record and to do it at the Comm Games, where it’s the first vision competition for the para-athletes to be invited to the Comm Games, it’s pretty exciting,” Dedekind said.
“I feel like I’m only just knocking on the door of all the knowledge that there is in the swimming world. It’s just the beginning”
“I thought Worlds was the best time I could do this year and to be honest if that was the best time I did this year I would have been happy, but World Record, Commonwealth Games Champion, World Champion in the same year. Stoked.”
Kirralee Hayes (28.24) joined Dedekind on the podium with bronze with Jenna Jones (29.08) sitting just outside the medals in fourth.
Brendon Smith (4:10.15) put on a display of grit and determination with Men’s 400m Individual Medley landing himself a second-place finish. Touching in fifth Se-Bom Lee (5:16.68) and in sixth Kieren Pollard (4:17.02).
A pair of Aussies in Emma McKeon (56.38) and Brianna Throssell (57.50) found medals with the Women’s 100m Butterfly with Alex Perkins (57.87) finishing just outside the top three in fourth.
The night closed with a pair of gold medals from the Australian Men’s and Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relays. Madison Wilson, Shayna Jack, Mollie O’Callaghan and Emma McKeon (3:30.64) touched ahead of the ,…. And … line-ups to lock in their position atop the podium. Flynn Southham, Zac Incerti, William Xu Yang and Kyle Chalmers (3:11.12) secured gold in the final race of the night.
Australia picked up three gold, two silver and six bronze medals in night two at Birmingham’s Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
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Day 2 Medals
|Katja Dedekind||Women’s 50m Freestyle S13|
|Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay|
|Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay|
|Brendan Smith||Men’s 400m Individual Medley|
|Emma McKeon||Women’s 100m Butterfly|
|Chelsea Hodges||Women’s 50m Breaststroke|
|Elijah Winnington||Men’s 200m Freestyle|
|Matt Templeton||Men’s 50m Freestyle S13|
|Kirralee Hayes||Women’s 50m Freestyle S13|
|Brianna Throssell||Women’s 100m Butterfly|
|Bradley Woodward||Men’s 100m Backstroke|