Commonwealth Games 2022 LIVE: Latest updates from day one in Birmingham

Commonwealth Games 2022 LIVE: Latest updates from day one in Birmingham

Queen’s Baton reaches Birmingham on eve of Commonwealth Games

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are underway after the Opening Ceremony took place last night to kick off 10 days of intense sporting action. Celebrities and musicians welcomed athletes from across the Commonwealth in a three-hour performance that showcased the West Midlands’ best and brightest. More than 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories will compete in the games with 280 medals up for grabs.

16 of them are offered on day one as gymnastics, triathlon and netball all start on Friday. Olympic silver medalist Alex Yee won men’s triathlon gold for the first medal of the Games for the England team. Fellow Tokyo Hero Georgia Taylor-Brown took silver in the women’s race. Later in the velodrome, Laura Kenny helped England to bronze in the team pursuit alongside Josie Knight, Maddie Leech and Sophie Lewis before Australia took gold.

Women’s T20 cricket made its Commonwealth debut in Birmingham with a huge game as Australia slipped past India at Edgbaston while England beat Trinidad and Tobago to kick off their netball defence. Later the action moves to the pool where the first of the swimming medals are decided later that evening.

Follow all the latest Commonwealth Games updates below:

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Women’s triathlon medals

England’s Georgia Taylor-Brown won a silver medal in the women’s triathlon earlier in the day with Scotland’s Beth Potter taking bronze.

Neither could beat the Olympic champion as Flora Duffy won the gold medal.

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Around the Games

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Track Cycling

They faced Wales in the women’s 4000m team pursuit. The Welsh bombarded the gate and opened up a lead of almost a second but the English quartert held on to the lead.

Josie Knight had a long stint in charge of the four before Laura Kenny took over to lead them home.

As Wales floundered, England gained confidence and won bronze with a lead of more than a second.

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2022 Commonwealth Games – Para Track

Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn – who has won Paralympic, World and European gold medals in her career but not a Commonwealth gold – must win this upcoming race against Australia’s Jessica Gallagher.

The Scot starts well and softens up front but Gallagher responds, moving outside and pinching past her at the line!

Australia won gold in the women’s tandem sprint B final with Scotland and McGlynn settling for silver.

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2022 Commonwealth Games – Para Track

Scotsman Neil Fachie wins the gold medal!

He was expected to break the Commonwealth Games record the Welsh pair had just set. In the last lap, he accuses a hundredth of a second but picks up the pace and finishes his run in less than a minute!

The Commonwealth champion defends his title in the men’s tandem 1000m time trial.

Scotland won gold, Wales’ James Ball won silver and England’s Steve Bate bronze.

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2022 Commonwealth Games – Para Track

Ball and Rotherham take the lead! They ran the 1,000m in just over a minute to set a new Commonwealth Games record and take first place.

One more runner to go with Ball from Wales winning at least silver. He is currently in gold medal position.

This journey was two seconds faster than Bate and Latham in England.

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2022 Commonwealth Games – Para Track

Two-time world champion James Ball and rider Matt Rotherham are the next duo to compete in the men’s 1000m Tandem B time trial. They are competing for Wales and are 1.8 seconds ahead of the previous English duo after the first round.

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2022 Commonwealth Games – Para Track

The Tandem B 1000m men’s time trial final is underway at the velodrome.

This event brings together a visually impaired pilot and a sighted pilot in tandem in a race against the clock over 1000m. Each bike takes turns to compete with the fastest finishing time the winner.

The English Steve Bate and Chris Latham are the fastest on the track! The English duo was the fifth of seven duos to contest, guaranteeing Bate at least a bronze medal.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Women’s Hockey

Wales take on Canada in a very close match in women’s hockey.

The big moment came in the first quarter after Canadian penalty Chloe Walton was penalized for goal-line interference and Wales were awarded a penalty stroke.

But from the start, Sian French’s film is mediocre and Walton saves easily.

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2022 Commonwealth Games – Para Track

In the race for the gold medal in the tandem sprint B, Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn and Ellie Stone take on the most aggressive and fastest Australian pair.

The first of the three best runs goes the Australians way.

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