It was a tough first outing for Grand Bahama’s Joanna Evans at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Evans competed in the women’s 200 meters freestyle on April 5, this past Thursday and still has one more shot to land a medal in the Gold Coast (Australia). The University of Texas Longhorn will compete in her second and final event on April 10, in the women’s 400 meters freestyle. That event takes place 8:47 p.m local time.
The Grand Bahama native will swim in heat three out of lane three. She will enter that event with a season’s best time of four minutes and 07.60 seconds (4:07.60).
Evans swam in heat one of three of the women’s 200 meters freestyle. However, the Bishop Michael Eldon Alumna barely missed the cut with a fourth place finish in a time of 2:01.75. England’s Eleanor Faulkner and Penny Oleksiak turned in top two fastest times, respectively, to advance to the finals at 1:57.87 and 1:58.21.
Canada’s Talyor Ruck was the eventual gold medal winner of the race, with a new Commonwealth Games record of 1:54.81. Australia’s Ariane Titmus won the silver in the time of 1:54.84 and Emma McKeon, also from Australia, took the bronze in the time of 1:56.26.
The athletics portion of the Commonwealth Games got underway yesterday, April 8. On the track were Grand Bahama’s Shavez Hart, along with Warren Fraser in the men’s 100 meters preliminaries. V’Alonee Robinson also competed in the women’s 100 meters prelims. Olympic gold medalist and one-quarter of the Golden Knights, Michael Mathieu, competed in the men’s 400 meters prelims.
Hart just missed out on advancing to the semifinals, which took place later that evening. Competing in heat two, Hart turned in a third place performance of 10.53 seconds. Fraser found some fortune when he competed in heat one. His second place finish automatically advanced him into the semifinal round. He clocked 10.37 seconds.
However, Fraser missed out on the final when he placed eighth in semifinal three with a time of 10.44 seconds.
As for Robinson, she also missed out on a semifinal appearance. She came away with a fifth place finish, while setting a new personal best time of 11.73 seconds.
Mathieu also missed the cut. He was eliminated in the heat five of six of the men’s 400 meters. Mathieu had to settle with a fifth place finish, where he clocked 46.97 seconds.
Set to compete today, Monday, April 9, are Grand Bahama’s Donald Thomas in the men’s high jump qualifying rounds. Thomas, along with Bahamian Jamaal Wilson, are set to compete at 8:20 p.m. local time, in hopes of making it through into the finals.
This coming Tuesday, 400 meters Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo along with Antonique Strachan will compete in the women’s 200 meters preliminaries at 10:20 p.m local time. Also competing that day will be men’s 400 meters hurdler and Grand Bahama native Jeffery Gibson. The men’s 400 meters hurdles first round races are set to begin at 9:15 p.m local time.