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The start of something extraordinary



Jesse Reynolds swam a personal best of 1:05.50s, but just missed out on a bronze medal on the final night of competition at the Optus Aquatic Centre.

Reynolds was closing in on Aussie Logan Powell with 25m to go in the men’s S9 100m backstroke before hitting the lane rope.

“I was giving it everything I had, but lost where I was going and hit the lane rope with 10m made me lose momentum.”

“I really wanted to break that Aussie 1, 2, 3,” said Reynolds after the race.

It was an Australian clean sweep in the end with Brenden Hall winning gold, Timothy Hodge, silver, and Powell, bronze.

Chris Arbuthnott finished in 7th place with 1:07.85s.

Bradlee Ashby finished 5th in the final of the men’s 200m individual medley in 1:59.59s.

Ashby was in the lead group for much of the race before being over taken in the freestyle.

“I was trying to be with everyone else at 150m and try bring it home. It went as planned, but not the result I wanted”.

On reviewing his performance at the games Ashby said, “I posted a PB in the 400IM, and a fraction over in the 200 butterfly, I can’t complain with the results.”

Lewis Clareburt turned in another personal best time of 2:01.13s to finish in 7th place. The time is also an 18-years national age group record.

Mitch Larkin of Australia posted a new games record of 1:57.67s to win gold from Scotsman Duncan Scott (1:57.86) and Clyde Lewis (Aus) in 1:58.18s.

Carina Doyle finished 8th in the women’s 400m freestyle final in 4:15.89.

Doyle swam a two second personal best in the morning heats to qualify for the final.

“I was absolutely stoked to swim a PB, that’s 5 seconds off in the last month. Getting to the final was a bonus.”

“I saw my Dad and grandparents after the race and they were all over the moon,” Doyle said.

Aussie teen Arianne Titmus, 17, dominated the field to win in 4:00.93s, to break the games record set by Lauren Boyle in Glasgow 2014.

The final event for the Kiwis was the women’s 4x100m medley relay final.

The quartet of Bobbi Gichard, Bronagh Ryan, Helena Gasson and Laticia Transom posted a 4:07.47s to finish in 6th place.

The Australians won gold in a new games record time of 3:54.36s, followed by Canada in 3:55.10s for silver, and bronze to Wales in 4:00.75s.

This concludes the coverage of swimming at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.