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Commonwealth Games: Day One review - Thursday, 24th July

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The Queen officially opened the 20th Commonwealth Games yesterday evening in a sun-kissed Glasgow in front of 40,000 at Celtic Park.

In a colourful and moving opening ceremony showcasing Scotland's finest, from Haggis, to Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle, there was also a sombre moment of silence in memory of those that lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines MH17.

Opening ceremony 

After the Queen made her entrance, saluted with a flyover by the RAF Red Arrows, 2010 hosts India, led out athletes from 71-participating nations in the opening parade which was concluded by one of Scotland's greatest athletes, six-times Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy, who carried the baton on its final leg of the 100,000 mile journey.

With the formalities over, it is down to business for 71 nations and 4,500 athletes who will compete across 17 sports over 11 days. 

While the Games might not capture the imagination of sports fans quite like the Olympics do, let me remind you they do feature some of the world's greatest, across a multitude of sports, World and Olympic Champions that are sure to light up the 20th edition of the Queen's Games.

Star athletes

They don't get any bigger than Jamaica's 27-year old, six-times Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt, arguably one of the track and field greatest athletes ever. Bolt will only take part in the 4x100m relay after not qualifying for the individual sprints due to an early season injury.

Mo Farah, David Rushida and Sally Pearson are some of the other names that are sure to steal the headlines alongside Bolt on the track.

Tour de France winner and three-times Olympic Gold medalist, Sir Bradley Wiggins, returns to the track in the Team Pursuit, and despite winning six World Championship and four Olympic Gold medals, the cycling great has never won Gold at the Commonwealth Games.

On day one of the Games, there are no less than 12 sports which will see 20 athletes be crowned Gold medal winners, here is a brief run down of what is on the agenda.

Track Cycling

Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins returns to the track in the Team Pursuit, gunning for his first Commonwealth Gold.

Wiggins, who has three-silver medals to his name from the Manchester Games 12-years ago, joins forces with Ed Clancy, a former team-mate in the pursuit and despite being favourites, expect tough competition from Australia and New Zealand.

Australia's golden girl on the track, Ana Meares is the hot favourite in the 500m Time Trial and is almost certain to add to her four Commonwealth Gold's later today.

Other finals to be decided in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome today:

Women's B2 Sprint Tandem
Men's Team Sprint

Men's Team Pursuit

Swimming

Hanna Miley and Michael Jamieson go for Gold in the pool today. Jamieson clinched silver in the 200m breaststroke at the 2012 Olympics while Miley is defending her 400m individual medley title.

Other finals to be decided in the pool today:

Men's 400m Freestyle
Women's 200m Freestyle
Men's 100m Freestyle
Women's 4x100m Freestyle

Triathlon

There is no doubt that the winner of the men's Triathlon will come from either Jonathan or Alastair Brownlee.

The brothers have dominated the men's sport for the last several years and have a total of 19-gold medals and four World titles between them.

Alastair secured Gold in London 2012 with his brother coming home in Bronze medal position. Expectations are for a 1-2 finish for the duo ,however it is anybodies guess which one will stand on top of the podium.

A trio of Australian ladies are expected to battle it out for glory in the ladies event, with Emma Moffatt, Emma Jackson and Ashleigh Gentle all coming in with high expectations./

However England's Jodie Stimpson, Kirsten Sweetland from Canada and New Zealander Andrea Hewitt are also expected to challenge for medals.

Other medal's set to be decided today are in Judo and Weightlifting.

Topics:
Usain Bolt
Commonwealth Games
Athletics

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