Four more swimming gold medals and semi-finals in three events to be decided at the pool. Finals:
- Women’s 100m breaststroke: Leisel Jones, the first Australian swimmer to compete at four Olympics, defends her Games title here. Jones will face tough opposition from 15-year-old Lithuanian sensation Ruta Meilutyte and American Rebecca Soni. A medal for Jones will bring her Olympic tally to nine, equaling the Australian Games medal record of Ian Thorpe.
- Women’s 100m backstroke: Australia has not won a backstroke gold medal at an Olympic Games before, but Emily Seebohm has a great chance of becoming our first backstroke champion, qualifying fastest for the final. Team-mate Belinda Hocking is also a medal chance.
- Men’s 200m freestyle: This promises to be one of the showdowns of the swimming program as China’s superstar Sun Yang races against American Ryan Lochte and France’s Yannick Agnel, the hero of last night’s relay final. Australia’s hopes lie with Thomas Fraser-Holmes.
- Men’s 100m backstroke: Hayden Stoeckel won the bronze four years ago in Beijing and has secured a berth in the final. Watch out for America’s Matt Grevers and France’s Camille Lacourt who qualified with the two fastest times.
As well as the four finals there will be semi-finals in the women’s 200m freestyle featuring Bronte Barratt and Kylie Palmer, men’s 200m butterfly with Nick D’Arcy and Chris Wright, and Alicia Coutts and Stephanie Rice in the women’s 200m individual medley.
Womens 200m Freestyle – Semi
Bronte Barratt is in Lane 2 and qualifies 1st in the in the first semi. Next is Palmer in lane 7 in the second semi and she comes in third – so both girls have made ot to the final. Barratt will be lane 4 and Palmer in Lane 7 for the final.
Men’s 200m freestyle: Thomas Fraser-Holmes finished 7th.
Women’s 100m backstroke: Emily Seebohm has won silver and Belinda Hocking came 7th.
Men’s 100m backstroke: Hayden came 7th
Women’s 100m breaststroke: Larson from the US gave a fault start – usually that means you are out and after a lot of delay she is allowed to swim. Leisel is behind at the turn. No chance for us – poor Leisel – she came 5th but she’s smiling as always!
Men’s 200m butterfly – Nick D’arcy is in the first semi and finished 6th with Chris Wright 8th and won’t be in the final
Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Semi – Stephanie Rice qualified 6th and Alicia 2nd for tonight’s final