Laura Kenny, Alex Yee and James Wilby are among the Tokyo medalists aiming for the podium as the Commonwealth Games kick off in Birmingham on Friday.
Wilby will kickstart England’s pool gold rush as he defends his men’s 200m breaststroke title. Scottish Ross Murdoch, who came second to Wilby on the Gold Coast four years ago, may have other ideas. Birkenhead’s Freya Anderson will compete in the women’s 200m freestyle alongside Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus, while Wales’ Dan Jervis will be in the men’s 400m freestyle.
Kenny springs into action when track cycling gets underway at London’s Lee Valley Velodrome, along with Josie Knight, Maddie Leech and Grace Lister in the women’s team pursuit. And husband Jason will coach as Ryan Owens, Joe Truman and Hamish Turnbull chase gold in the men’s team sprint.
Birmingham native Joe Fraser, the former world champion on parallel bars, will lead England’s battle to retain their men’s team title at the NEC on a day that doubles as individual qualifier. Experienced duo Frank Baines and Hamish Carter hope to at least lead Scotland to the silver medal, while Northern Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan tries to qualify on pommel.
Yee is a firm favorite to build on his silver medal from the Tokyo Olympics as he shines in the men’s triathlon. The result of the women’s event is much less cut and dried with Georgia Taylor-Brown, as Yee a double medalist in Japan, facing stiff competition from former world champion Non Stanford, who represents Wales, and another world champion in Bermuda’s Flora Duffy.
England’s bid to keep the netball title they so excitingly won on the Gold Coast kicks off with a Group B match against Trinidad and Tobago. With a large number of players in attendance on the Gold Coast, Jess Thirlby’s side is confident, but will certainly have to overcome the perennial favorites Australia and New Zealand once again.
Schedule and Timetable for Events Today
Friday July 29
Lawn boxes and para-lawn boxes: 8:30-13:45, 15:00-20:15
Badminton: 09:00-12:30, 14:00-17:30, 19:00-22:30
Gymnastics: 09:00-14:30, 17:00-20:30
Hockey: 09:00-12:30, 14:00-17:30, 19:00-22:30
Rugby Sevens: 09:00-13:30, 17:30-22:00
Table tennis and para table tennis: 09:30-14:30, 16:00-21:00
Cycling; track and parabaan: 10:00-13:00, 16:00-18:30
Aquatics; swimming and paraswimming: 10:30-12:30, 19:00-22:00
Cricket T20: 11:00-14:30, 18:00-21:30
Triathlon and paratriathlon: 11:00-16:00
Boxing: 12:00-15:00, 18:30-21:00
Korfball: 12:00-15:30, 18:00-21:30
Squash: 12:00-15:15, 18:00-20:30
Basketball 3×3 and wheelchair basketball 3×3: 15:30-18:00, 19:30-22:00