England and Australia led the Gold rush on the opening day of the 20th Commonwealth Games on a sizzling day of action that also featured several World and Championship records.
The Games began in searing temperatures, as 71 nations and 4,500 athletes began their quests for Commonwealth glory in 17-sports over the next 11-days.
England and Australia gold rush
Triathlon, swimming, judo and track cycling took centre stage yesterday with England, Australia and remarkably hosts Scotland sharing 42 of the 65 medals on offer in Glasgow.
Jodie Stimpson clinched the first medal of the Games in the ladies triathlon with her compatriot Vicky Holland securing Bronze and if that wasn't enough, the Brownlee brothers made it a 1-2 in the men's discipline Olympic Champion Alastair powering away from his brother to win by 11-seconds in a dominant display by Team England.
At the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Australia's golden girl of the track, Anna Meares secured her third consecutive Commonwealth Gold in the 500m Time Trial when she smashed the Games record in a stunning time of 33.435, while her compatriots triumphed over England in the men's 4000m team pursuit in a new championship record, denying four-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins his first Commonwealth title.
Also in the Velodrome, New Zealand stunned defending champions Australia in the Team Sprint, laying down a marker for the Rio Olympics.
In the pool, Australian quartet Bronte and Cate Campbell, Melanie Schlanger and Emma McKeon secured Gold in the 4x100m freestyle relate in a world record time of, 30.98 seconds, while Ross Murdoch gave the host nation something to cheer about when he stunned favourite and compatriot, Michael Jamieson to win the 200m breaststroke in a Commonwealth-record-breaking time of two minutes 7.30 seconds.
The action hots up on day two with another 22 gold medals up for grabs including in track cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, shooting and weightlifting.
In the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, all eyes will be on 22-year old Laura Trott as she looks to add to her remarkable collection of 15 Major Championship Gold medals, which include two Olympic medals, when she goes in search of the first of a possible three medal opportunities in the Women’s 3,000m individual pursuit final.
England's successor to the legendary Sri Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, is also in action today hoping to move throughout the rounds and feature in the individual sprint final this evening, while the men's 4000m individual pursuit final finishes off proceedings for the day.
In the pool a further seven-Gold medals will be handed out, with South African swimming sensation Chad Le Clos taking centre stage as he attempts to secure the first two of potentially seven-Gold medals in the Games.
Le Clos in action
The new superstar of world swimming famous defeated the legendary Michael Phelps in London 2012 to win Gold in the 200m butterfly, today he attempts to clinch the 400m individual medley and the 50m butterfly in what should be a thrilling duel with compatriot and veteran Roland Schoeman.
The women's 100m butterfly will also be an exciting duel as Jemma Lowe and Fran Halsall attempt to upset Australian duo, Alicia Coutts and Madeline Groves.
Other finals in the pool are, women's 50m breaststroke, men's 200m freestyle, women's 100m freestyle S8, men's 100m backstroke and the men's 400x100m freestyle relay.
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