Matthew Temple soared home to touch first in his heat of the Men’s 100m Butterfly this morning. Turning in 9th position at the 50m mark (24.61), the Dolphin rookie stormed the field to take the touch in 51.89, winning his heat. In a time of 52.44 David Morgan placed equal 14th to earn a spot in tonight’s semi-final. Both Australian’s will now compete for a top eight finish this evening as they go up against the defending World Champion USA’s Caeleb Dressel, who qualified fastest in 50.28, and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos.
It was Kaylee McKeown in the Women’s 200m Backstroke heats, qualifying fourth fastest in 2:09.17. Touching just behind American Regan Smith who set a new World Junior Record in the heats in 2:06.43 and 2017 silver medallist Katinka Hosszu who qualified second fastest in 2:08.34. Teammate and silver medallist in the 100m event, Minna Atherton, will also progress through to semi-finals after qualifying sixth fastest in 2:09.32.
It was fast and furious in the heats of the Men’s 50m Freestyle with Cam McEvoy the sole Australian competing in the ‘n dash. Touching in 21.93, McEvoy will move through to tonight’s semi-final as the eighth fastest qualifier. McEvoy will compete against defending World Champion Dressel and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Great Britain’s Benjamin Proud who qualified first and second in 21.49 and 21.69 respectively.
With a brand-new World Record to her name following last night’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay, Brianna Throssell was back in the water this morning for the Women’s 50m Butterfly. Touching in 26.14, Throssell qualifies equal 11th fastest to progress through the competition, where she’ll now face World Record holder and defending champion Sarah Sjostrom to earn a spot in the top eight.
In 8:19.43 Ariarne Titmus touched the wall to qualify third fastest in the Women’s 800m Freestyle for tomorrow night’s final. Titmus finished 2.20 seconds behind USA’s Leah Smith, the 2017 Bronze medallist, World Record holder Katie Ledecky. Kiah Melverton also clinched a spot in the final after qualifying eighth fastest in 8:29.70.
Alex Graham (1:46.41), Jack McLoughlin (1:46.80), Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:47.20) and Mack Horton (1:46.56) secured the Australian team a spot in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay final tonight, finishing second in their heat just 1.69 behind the Russian’s who won silver in 2017. In 7:06.97 the team qualified fourth fastest for tonight’s final and will swim out of lane six. They will have the added firepower with teammates Kyle Chalmers and Clyde Lewis expected to line up.
The Australian Dolphins Swim Team will compete for medals tonight in the green and gold for the following events:
- Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon in the Women’s 100m Freestyle final;
- Matthew Wilson and Zac Stubblety-Cook in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke final; and
- the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay final.
Semi-final action will include:
- Matthew Temple and David Morgan in the Men’s 100m Butterfly semi-final;
- Kaylee McKeown and Minna Atherton in the Women’s 200m Backstroke semi-final;
- Cam McEvoy in the Men’s 50m Freestyle semi-final; and
- Brianna Throssell in the Women’s 50m Butterfly semi-final,
Finals this evening will start at 9pm (EST).
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