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What to Watch at the Commonwealth Games 2018

Posted April 5, 2018 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all competing at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia’s stunning Gold Coast. The Games run from 4 to 15 April 2018, and feature more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations.

Live coverage starts around midnight on either BBC One or BBC Two (and will be showing all night and throughout the day). An evening highlights show is available on BBC Two and BBC Four. BBC Radio 5 Live will be providing commentary most days. Coverage is also available by pressing the BBC Red Button or heading to the BBC iPlayer.

Here’s some of our top highlights to watch out for.



Opening Ceremony
Available on iPlayer
Held at the Carrara Stadium in front of 35,000 fans, the ceremony involved over 4,000 local performers, hundreds of Aboriginal Australian dancers, and performances from Delta Goodrem and recent Australian Eurovision entrant Dami Im.

Catch-up with the all the musical performances, dance, and fireworks on BBC iPlayer.



Diving
There are plenty of talented British divers on show, including England’s reigning champion Jack Laugher and Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley. However, the best story is Scottish diver James Heatly, who’s hoping to emulate the success of his grandfather, Sir Peter Heatly, a three-time Commonwealth champion.

Diver Tom Daley

Medal Events

Women’s Sync. 3m Springboard Final – Wednesday 11 April
Men’s 1m Springboard Final – Wednesday 11 April
Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Final – Wednesday 11 April
Men’s 3m Springboard Final – Thursday 12 April
Women’s 10m Platform Final – Thursday 12 April
Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform Final – Friday 13 April
Women’s 1m Springboard Final – Friday 13 April
Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard Final – Friday 13 April
Women’s 3m Springboard Final – Saturday 14 April
Men’s 10m Platform Final – Saturday 14 April



Cycling
Whether on track or on the road, there are several British athletes who’ll fancy their chances. Wales have the largest cycling contingent, including Olympic champions Elinor Barker and Dani Rowe.

England’s team includes Annie Last, who’ll be hoping she can do better than her fourth-place finish in Glasgow 2014 in the mountain bike event. Scottish sprint duo Callum Skinner and Jack Carlin will also be keen to succeed.

Elinor Barker

Medal Events

Men’s B&VI Sprint Finals– Saturday 7 April
Men’s Sprint Finals– Saturday 7 April
Women’s 10km Scratch Race Finals – Sunday 8 April
Women’s Keirin Finals – Sunday 8 April
Men’s Individual Time Trial – Tuesday 10 April
Women’s Individual Time Trial – Tuesday 10 April
Women’s Cross-country – Thursday 12 April
Men’s Cross-country – Thursday 12 April
Women’s Road Race – Friday 13 April
Men’s Road Race – Saturday 14 April



Swimming
It’s likely some of the fiercest competition will be in the water. With a spectacular programme – including breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly – expect drama from the very first heat.

Described as ‘swimming’s Usain Bolt’, England’s Adam Peaty will be one to watch in the 100m breaststroke. Scotland’s Ross Murdoch – who won the gold medal for 200m breaststroke at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games – will also be hoping he can grab a medal.

Adam Peaty

Medal Events

Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final – Saturday 7 April
Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final – Saturday 7 April
Women’s 200m Backstroke Final – Sunday 8 April
Men’s 100m Freestyle Final – Sunday 8 April
Men’s 200m Backstroke Final – Monday 9 April
Men’s 100m Butterfly Final – Monday 9 April
Women’s SB9 100m Breaststroke Final – Monday 9 April
Women’s 400m Freestyle Final – Tuesday 10 April
Women’s 50m Backstroke Final – Tuesday 10 April
Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final – Tuesday 10 April
Women’s S8 50m Freestyle Final – Tuesday 10 April
Men’s S9 100m Backstroke Final – Tuesday 10 April
Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final – Tuesday 10 April
Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final – Tuesday 10 April
Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final – Tuesday 10 April



Gymnastics
England won an impressive 19 medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. And although the team has triple Commonwealth and double Olympic Champion Max Whitlock MBE and Claudia Fragapane, it also includes newcomers Hannah Martin and Taeja James.

Four-time British champion Laura Halford is a medal hope for Team Wales and will be looking to add to the three medals she secured at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Claudia Fragapane

Medal Events

Men’s Individual All Around Final – Saturday 7 April
Women’s Individual All Around Final – – Saturday 7 April
Men’s Floor Exercise Final – Sunday 8 April
Men’s Pommel Horse Final – Sunday 8 April
Men’s Vault Final – Monday 9 April
Women’s Floor Exercise Final – Monday 9 April
Individual All-Around Final – Rotation 4 – Thursday 12 April
Individual Hoop Final – Friday 13 April
Individual Ribbon Final – Friday 13 April



Athletics
All eyes will be on the track as some of the biggest names in athletics will be on display including Jamaican 100m runner Yohan Blake. From Team England, Dina Asher-Smith will be going for a medal in the women’s 200m, whilst Katarina Johnson-Thompson will consider herself a gold medal favourite in the heptathlon.

Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle is in great form after winning bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. She’s won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Delhi, and now she’ll be hoping she can go one step further and win gold.

Eilidh Doyle

Medal Events

Men’s 20km Race Walk Final – Saturday 7 April
Men’s 5000m Final – Sunday 8 April
Women’s 100m Final – Monday 9 April
Men’s 100m Final – Monday 9 April
Women’s Triple Jump Final – Tuesday 10 April
Women’s 400m Final – Wednesday 11 April
Women’s 400m Hurdles Final – Thursday 12 April
Men’s 200m Final – – Thursday 12 April
Women’s Pole Vault Final – Friday 13 April
Women’s 800m Final – Friday 13 April
Men’s 10,000m Final – Friday 13 April
Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final – Saturday 14 April
Women’s 5000m Final – Saturday 14 April
Men’s 1500m Final – Saturday 14 April
Women’s Marathon Final – Saturday 14 April
Men’s Marathon Final – Saturday 14 April



Table tennis
In a remarkable story, 11-year-old Anna Hursey has been selected as part of Team Wales, becoming the youngest ever athlete to represent her country. The table-tennis child prodigy is ranked number one in Europe and has been beating adult opponents since age seven.

Although Anna will be dreaming of winning a medal, she’ll need to keep her feet on the ground – especially as she’s still got homework to do!

Anna Hursey

Medal Events

Women’s Team Gold Medal Match – Sunday 8 April
Men’s Team Gold Medal Match – Monday 9 April
Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match – Friday 13 April
Women’s TT6-10 Singles Gold Medal – Saturday 14 April
Men’s TT6-10 Singles Gold Medal – Saturday 14 April
Women’s Singles Gold Medal Match – Saturday 14 April
Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match – Saturday 14 April
Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match – Sunday 15 April
Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match – Sunday 15 April



Boxing
Liverpudlian southpaw Peter McGrail, a European gold and world bronze youth medallist, is ready to bring back the gold for England. However, first he must defeat Benson Njangiru of Kenya, a seasoned fighter who already has two Commonwealth Games medals to his name.

Northern Ireland are also expected to pick up boxing medals, with six of their boxers only needing to win one fight to guarantee a medal in the Gold Coast. Michaela Walsh, who lost a final to Nicola Adams in Glasgow, will no doubt be aiming for gold.

Peter McGrail

Medal Events

Women’s 51kg Final Bout – Saturday 14 April
Men’s 91kg Final Bout – Saturday 14 April
Women’s 75kg Final Bout – Saturday 14 April
Women’s 57kg Final Bout – Saturday 14 April
Men’s 56kg Final Bout – Saturday 14 April
Men’s 81kg Final Bout – Saturday 14 April



Netball
Northern Ireland will come face to face with hosts Australia in their opening game – one of the competition’s favourites. However, the real story, is how they funded their trip to Australia. The team crowdfunded their journey by offering fans the chance to sponsor the team and have their name on the Causeway-inspired hexagons on their kits. Although a medal will be tough, the team have the whole of Northern Ireland with them, (almost literally).

Caroline O'Hanlon

Medal Events

Netball Bronze Medal Match – Sunday 15 April
Netball Gold Medal Match – Sunday 15 April


 

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