JAY Lelliott came up short in the first of two attempts for a Commonwealth Games medal, finishing seventh in the men's 200m butterfly.

Dorchester-born Lelliott was in touch with the leaders throughout before losing ground in the final 50 metres, finishing in a time of 1:58.13.

Lelliott, 27, still has another shot at a medal on Tuesday, beginning with the 200m backstroke heats (10.30am).

New Zealand's Lewis Clareburt timed a late burst to perfection to beat reigning champion Chad le Clos to gold in a time of 1:55.60.

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Silver gave Chad le Clos the joint-highest medal tally of any Commonwealth Games competitor in history, with 18.

The South African could yet surpass that figure, in so doing beating shooters Michael Gault and Phil Adams.

England's James Guy defied a tricky draw in lane one to claim bronze in 1:56.77.

Men's 200m butterfly final times

1. Lewis Clareburt (NZL) - 1:55.60

2. Chad le Clos (RSA) - 1:55.89

3. James Guy (ENG) - 1:56.77

4. Bowen Gough (AUS) - 1:56.84

5. Duncan Scott (SCO) - 1:56.89

6. Mason Wilby (ENG) - 1:57.12

7. Jay Lelliott (ENG) - 1:58.13

8. Brendon Smith (AUS) - 2:00.24