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Commonwealth Games schedule: Day Three - Saturday, 26th July

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Day three of the 20th Commonwealth Games sees the action hot up with no less than 27-gold medals up from grabs across eight sports, with all eyes expected to be on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Australian track cycling great Anna Meares, as she attempts to become the most decorated track cyclist in Commonwealth Games history.

In the Velodrome, four-golds are there for the taking, with rhythmic gymnastics, judo, lawn bowls, shooting, triathlon and weightlifting also providing golden opportunities to the participating athletes, however the pool is expected to take center stage with seven-golds up for grabs following two days of already scintillating action .

Track Cycling

In the Velodrome, Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion, Australia's Anna Meares gets the defence of her individual sprint title underway with the qualifying rounds and victory tomorrow in the final will see the Australian legend move ahead of Kathy Watt's Australian women's record of seven Commonwealth medals. On Thursday the 30-year old became the first rider to win a medal at four Games when she retained her title in the women's 500m time trial.

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The Australian great has won 17-Major Championship Gold medals including Olympic Gold in London 2012, when she defeated her long-term rival Victoria Pendleton, in the final of the Women's Sprint and a win tomorrow will see her win a record equaling six-gold medals.

Meares will expect stiff competition from compatriot Stephanie Morton and 23-year old up and coming Jess Varnish who has inherited the mantle of Britain's leading sprinter from the recently retired Victoria Pendleton.

Women's 3000m individual pursuit, Joanna Rowsell  returns to action in the 10km scratch race along with English team-mates Laura Trott and Dani King.

New Zealand's Simon van Velthooven, will be the man to beat in the men's 1000m time trial after claiming bronze in the World Championships, while compatriot Thomas Scully could add more medals to New Zealand's track haul in the men' 40km points.

Swimming

On a busy day in the pool which will see seven-medal ceremonies, the 50m freestyle, men's 100m breaststroke and 200m butterfly are the events that will take center stage.

England's Fran Hasall and Australia's Cate Campbell are expected to dual for gold in the final of the women's 50m freestyle. Hasall holds the momentum coming into the event after edging World Champion Campbell in the heats of the 100m freestyle yesterday in a Games record 24:14sec.

England's Adam Peaty, who broke the 100m breaststroke Commonwealth record twice in qualifying is expected to push Scotland's Ross Murdoch who is aiming for his second gold in the after his success in the 200m on Thursday.

Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion, Chad le Clos continues his quest to become the most decorated swimmer at any Commonwealth Games when he looks to defend his 200m butterfly crown later this evening.

Le Clos, aiming for an unprecedented seven medals, has already claimed silver and bronze in the 4x100m freestyle and 50m butterfly respectively and still has the opportunity of adding a further five-medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly, the 200m individual medley, the 4x200m relay and finally the 4x100m medley relay, in what looks an exhausting schedule.

The 200m butterfly world record holder, famously beat the legendary Michael Phelps in by 0.05 seconds to claim Olympic gold in London 2012.

Other medal action in the pool sees, Australia's Emily Seebholm go for gold in the women's 100m backstroke, Taylor McKeown and Sally Hunter are in action in the women's 200m breaststroke and the women's 4x200m freestyle relay start as favourites after breaking the world record in the 4x100m on Thursday.

Anna Meares in action

Rugby 7's

The rugby 7's kicks-off today with the medals to be decided tomorrow. New Zealand, the 7's world champions are hot favourites to win a fifth consecutive gold medal however England, Wales, Canada and South Africa are expected to provide stiff competition to the Kiwi's.

Weightlifting

England's Zoe Smith and Michaela Breeze of Wales will battle it out for gold in the women's 58kg while Mohammed Hafifi Mansor of Malaysia is favourite to lift the men's 69kg.

Triathlon

England are expected to lift another gold in the sprint distance mixed team relay event.

All four of the team tasted success in the individual event, brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, gold and silver medallists in the men's individual, link up with gold and bronze medallists in the women's discipline, Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland in a new event that looks to be leaving New Zealand, Canada and South Africa to battle it out for silver and bronze.

Elsewhere there are five-golds available on the last day of judo and a further five in shooting

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