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Commonwealth Games: Wallace hoping to top Le Clos in 200m medley

Scotland's 400m individual medley Commonwealth champion Dan Wallace laid down a marker in qualifying for the 200m medley final on Tuesday (July 29) as favourites Chad le Clos and Thomas Fraser-Holmes just sneaked into the final.

GLASGOW: Scotland's 400m individual medley Commonwealth champion Dan Wallace laid down a marker in qualifying for the 200m medley final on Tuesday (July 29) as favourites Chad le Clos and Thomas Fraser-Holmes just sneaked into the final.

Wallace, who also helped Scotland to silver in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay, was second fastest behind Australia's Daniel Tranter. "It was very good. I just had fun racing against Chad," said Wallace. "I will just go in tonight, not hold back and hopefully pick up another medal."

However, Le Clos showed the first signs of his heavy programme during the week in Glasgow as he qualified down in seventh as he goes for his sixth medal and third gold of the meet. "That was pretty hard. I was a bit tired this morning," said the South African. "I know I will have to work a lot harder if I am to win it."

And it was an ever closer shave for 200m freestyle gold medallist Fraser-Holmes as he claimed the last available spot in the final in eighth. "I am a little tired. It has been a tough competition both mentally and physically. It has been a long meet," said the 22-year-old.

Australia remained on course to sweep all six gold medals on offer in the relays as they qualified fastest in both the men's and women's 4x100m medley relays. However, South Africa were expected to challenge for top spot in the men's event with butterfly specialist Le Clos to come into the team that qualified fifth fastest.

Jazz Carlin of Wales also felt the effects of her surge to 800m women's freestyle gold on Monday night as she qualified down in sixth for the 400m freestyle final. New Zealand's Lauren Boyle, who finished runner-up to Carlin on Monday, qualified fastest, whilst Scotland's Hannah Miley also ensured she made another final on home soil with the fifth fastest time.

Sophie Pascoe is expected to seal her second gold of the Games on what could be a significant night for New Zealand she was comfortably fastest in the women's para-sport 200m individual medley SM10.

There are a total of eight gold medals on offer on the final night of swimming action at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

The men's 50m freestyle is one of the headline events as England's Ben Proud attempts to deny Australia another gold medal. The 19-year-old, who has already claimed gold in the 50m butterfly in Glasgow, broke a British record in qualifying fastest in Monday's semi-finals, but faces stiff competition from the Aussie trio of Cameron McEvoy, Matt Abood and James Magnussen.

Ryan Cochrane of Canada will also be going for a second gold in the 1500m after his success in the 400m freestyle. Stephen Milne is another strong Scottish medal hope too as he matched world and Olympic silver medallist Cochrane nearly all the way in qualifying second fastest on Monday.

And Georgia Davies could become the second Welsh female swimmer to strike Commonwealth gold after a 40-year wait was ended by Carlin on Monday when she goes in the 50m backstroke.

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