Day 2 featuring Helalia Johannes and Tatjana Schoenmaker

Day 2 featuring Helalia Johannes and Tatjana Schoenmaker

Day 2 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, on 30 June, saw another 23 gold medals won and lost.

Uganda’s Victor Kiplangat and Jessica Stenson of Australia won the men’s and women’s marathon titles respectively, while there was double delight for Malaysia, with Aniq Kasdan and Aznil Bidin winning weightlifting gold medals.

New Zealand had a great day with Bryony Botha and Ellesse Andrews both winning track cycling gold medals, and Team England secured the artistic gymnastics team event.

The swimming victories were headlined by Commonwealth Games record breakers Lara van Niekerk (South Africa), Maggie Mac Neil (Canada), Lewis Clareburt (Australia), and Ben Proud (England). carried live updates the entire day from Birmingham, which you can re-live as they happened below.

All times British Summer Time (UTC/GMT +1 hour). Most recent updates first.

9:45 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Australia win women’s 4x100m freestyle relay

Australia have the last laugh at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, as Madison Wilson, Shayna Jack, Mollie O’Callaghan and Emma McKeon comfortably win the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

The awesome foursome clocked 3:30.64, which was a whopping six seconds quicker than silver medallists England.

The hosts still had to battle for second-place, with Freya Anderson doing just enough on the anchor leg to hold off an advancing Maggie Mac Neil of Canada, who took third.

That epic session concludes our coverage of today. Thank you for joining us, and we will see you again tomorrow at 9:30am.

9:30 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: England win artistic gymnastics team gold

They would have heard that roar in all four corners of the country as England beat Australia to capture women’s team gold.

The teams were separated by just 0.050 points going into the final rotation, but Ondine Achampong held her nerve superbly to record a score of 14.150 in the vault, and secure the title.

Alice Kinsella and Georgia-Mae Fenton scored 13.900 and 13.150 respectively.

Australia finished on 157.950 to take silver, while Canada win bronze on 152.700.

9:12 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Pieter Coetze wins South Africa’s second gold of the night

What a great session this has been for South Africa.

Following Van Niekerk’s earlier victory, 18-year-old Pieter Coetze has won the men’s 100m backstroke in a time of 53.78.

Silver goes to England’s Brodie Williams who, roared on by a passionate home crowd in Birmingham, almost caught Coetze, with Australia’s Bradley Woodward taking bronze in 54.06.

9:07 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Maggie Mac Neil is back with a bang!

Reigning Olympic champion Maggie Mac Neil just out-touched Emma McKeon to win a thrilling women’s 100m butterfly final.

The Canadian, who didn’t race in the individual events at Worlds, clocked a new Commonwealth Games record of 56.36.

McKeon, who sat out Worlds altogether after winning seven medals at Tokyo 2020, settled for silver _0.02 seconds behind.

Another Aussie in Brianna Throssell completed the podium in third with 57.50.

9:00 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Lewis Clareburt wins men’s 400m individual medley

Australia get their first gold of the night through Lewis Clareburt, who wins the men’s 400m individual medley with a new Commonwealth Games record.

Clareburt, who won bronze medallist four years ago in Gold Coast, clocked 4:08.70, a whopping 1.45 seconds ahead of his compatriot Brendon Smith in silver.

Duncan Scott, surely still recovering from his earlier gold, gets bronze in 4:11.27.

8:40 pm – Masse lays down statement of intent

Women’s 50m backstroke world champion Kylie Masse has set the fastest time in the 100m back semi-finals.

Canada’s reigning Commonwealth champion touched home in 58.83, which was marginally quicker than heat 2 winner, and world record holder Kaylee McKeown’s 59.08.

I’m already excited for the next instalment of their fantastic rivalry in the final tomorrow!

8:00 pm – Peaty cruises into final

This one will come as little surprise, but world record holder and Olympic champion Adam Peaty has set the fastest time in the men’s 100m breaststroke semi-finals.

Despite breaking his foot a couple of months ago, it was as if the Englishman had never been away when he touched the wall in 59.02.

He was clearly saving a little energy for tomorrow’s final and will likely go at least a second quicker than that.

Men’s 200m Olympic champ Zac Stubblety-Cook of Australia was second overall with 59.80, while James Wilby of England won the other heat in 59.85.

7:50 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: It’s gold for Duncan Scott!

Scotland have their first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games this year through versatile swimmer Duncan Scott.

The Sterling man, who won four medals at Tokyo 2020, clocked 1.45.02 to beat a star-studded men’s 200m freestyle field.

Reigning Olympic champion Tom Dean of England, who pipped Scott to gold in Tokyo, led at the halfway mark, but was reeled in and settled for silver with 1:45.41.

The 400m world and Commonwealth champion Elijah Winnington of Australia got bronze in 1:45.82.

Victory here will taste even sweeter for Scott, who missed Worlds last month after contracting COVID. spoke to him before this event where he revealed the secret to his training success, and you can watch that interview below.

7:22 pm – Mckeon progresses

The business-end of elite swimming competitions are relentless!

Next up, seven Olympic medal-winner from Tokyo 2020 Emma McKeon sealed the fastest time in the women’s 50m butterfly semi-finals.

She will go into tomorrow’s final as the strong favourite, ahead of England’s Anna Hopkin, who was just +0.15 off the Australian’s pace.

7:16 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Lara van Niekerk wins women’s 50m breaststroke

South Africa has its first Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2022, thanks to Lara van Niekerk’s victory in the women’s 50m breaststroke.

The 19-year-old broke her own Commonwealth Games record from two days ago, finishing in 29.73.

Imogen Clark grabbed silver for the hosts 0.29 back, with Chelsea Hodges of Australia in third +0.32 off the winner.

Van Niekerk’s compatriot, and 200m Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker finished in fourth.

7:05 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Ben Proud wins men’s 50m butterfly

What a summer this has been for swimmer Ben Proud.

The Englishman was crowned 50m freestyle world champion last month, and now he’s the Commonwealth men’s 50m butterfly champion too!

Proud blasted down the pool in 22.81, which is a new Games record to cap it off.

Singapore’s Tzen Wei Teong wins silver in 23.21, with New Zealand’s Cameron Gray finishing the podium in 23.27.

6:50 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Ellesse Andrews wins sprint final

This is potentially the shock of the day.

New Zealand track cyclist Ellesse Andrews has just beaten sprint Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell to win Commonwealth Games gold!

What’s more, she did it in straight races.

“It’s going to take a while for the results of the past two days to settle in. Right now I’m stoked and so happy to have some of my family here and lots of friends. These are really happy moments,” a shell-shocked Andrews said after.

“My grandma and my grandad love coming to watch racing and this is my first elite result in front of them because they weren’t able to come to Tokyo. To be able to go and give them a big cuddle afterwards, I can’t even explain how special that is.”

On adding to the Keirin silver medal she won at Tokyo 2020:
“Tokyo was absolutely amazing but every result is special for its own reasons and to come here and do this, it’s also amazing.”

On the secrets of her success:
“Support, routine, and an amazing crowd. There’s so many things that go into it. There’s no secrets, it’s hard training and the support of my family and friends.”

6:10 pm – TWELVE for England women’s hockey!

The hosts looked hungry at the University of Birmingham, beating Ghana 12-0!

Hannah Martin and Grace Balsdon both scored hat-tricks, and their next opponents Canada (tomorrow at 7pm) but be slightly worried. 

Earlier, Australia defeated Kenya 8-0.

5:40 pm – Gate beats team-mate Sexton in men’s 4000m individual pursuit final

It’s raining gold for New Zealand!

Aaron Gate just defeated teammate Tom Sexton in the track cycling men’s 4000m individual pursuit final.

It was another thriller, with Sexton enjoying the lead for large periods, but Gate was holding something back for the last three laps, and ended up winning by four seconds. 

Australia’s Conor Leahy takes bronze after beating England’s Charlie Tanfield by over a second.

5:11 pm – Singapore badminton in smashing form

It was always going to be an uphill task, but hosts England have succumbed 3-1 to Singapore in the badminton mixed team group stages.

Ben Lane* and Sean Vendy* scored the hosts’ point in the men’s doubles, beating Yong Kai Terry Hee and Kean Hean Loh.

Malaysia were on fire, beating South Africa 5-0, while Jamaica beat Zambia 4-1 and Mauritius defeated Barbados by the same score.

4:51 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Bryony Botha wins 3000m individual pursuit gold

New Zealand track cyclist Bryony Botha has just delivered a masterclass to win the women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit final by over eight seconds!

The pre-event favourite’s time of 3:18.456 was also a Commonwealth Games record. Just remarkable.

“I was so surprised. After this morning’s ride I left it all out there and I was wondering what I’d have left in the tank. When I got out there I felt awesome and I kept running and I’m so happy with the result,” she said after.

“It’s my first medal at the Games. It’s so special. This is my event. I can’t imagine an event I’d rather get a gold medal in.

“[The velodrome] is absolutely incredible. I have never been to an event where it’s been this loud. It’s so cool.

“Everybody in the Commonwealth dreams of winning a gold medal at the Games. It’s such a surreal feeling – you’re the best in the Commonwealth. It’s so cool and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”

Australia’s Maeve Plouffe just avoided being lapped but wins the silver medal, while Neah Evans lands another bronze for Scotland.

4:40 pm – Kelsey Mitchell showing golden form

Canadian track cycling Olympic champion looked very comfortable there as she beat Wales’ Emma Finucane of Wales in their women’s sprint semi-final by +0.47.

Ellesse Andrews, the Olympic keirin silver medallist from New Zealand, was +0.095 quicker than England’s Sophie Capewell in the other semi-final.

What a final that will be: Kelsey Mitchell versus Ellesse Andrews

4:31 pm – Take a bow Hamish Turnbull!

Team England track cyclist Hamish Turnbull has just won a thrilling first round heat in the Men’s Kierin.

He pipped Scotland’s Jack Harlin to first place by 0.022 of a second!

Tough on Harlin, who looked to have that sewn up. The lesson is clear everyone: never give up.

That result pushes Australia’s Matthew Richardson out of the automatic qualification spots.

4:15 pm – Sporting fever in Birmingham

The West Midlands city has clearly been bitten by the Commonwealth Games sports bug!

Our reporter Jo Gunston saw these kayakers (which isn’t a sport being contested on this year’s programme) out on the water with the Arena Birmingham (which hosts gymnastics) to the right.

Nice to see a South Africa fan showing love for their team too!

Kayaks at Birmingham 2022

3:55 pm – England win beach volleyball opener

The hosts have beaten Tuvalu in the first Beach Volleyball match of the 2022 Commonwealth Games!

They won in straight sets, 21-10, 21-12.

3:42 pm – England mixed team badminton in trouble

We’ve had loads of badminton Mixed Team Group play today in another part of the enormous NEC hall today, and here are the highlights.

Australia scraped past Pakistan 3-2 this morning, before Canada and India recorded impressive 5-0 wins over the Maldives and Sri Lanka respectively.

Scotland defeated Uganda 4-1.

Hosts England are currently in a spot of bother, trailing Asian powerhouse Singapore 2-0. Current men’s singles world champion Kean Yew Loh has just beaten England’s Toby Penty 21-12, 21-12.

Another gold medal favourite in Malaysia are 3-0 up against South Africa, while Jamaica are 2-1 up against Zambia.

Finally, Mauritius and Barbados are all tied up at 1-1.

3:20 pm – Birmingham buzzing for the Commonwealth Games

The West Midlands city has come alive for one of the biggest multi-sport competitions outside of the Olympics and it’s safe to say the vibes are strong.

Three reasons for that include: The weather is great, Perry the multi-coloured cow mascot has been very welcoming to teams and fans from around the world, and most importantly the sport has been top notch.

Take a look at the excitement first hand, and find out some impressive statistics, as our reporter Chloe Merrell takes a walk around Birmingham below.

3:00 pm – English boxers progress

It was a brilliant day in the ring for the host nation with Jodie Wilkinson and Lewis Williams progressing from the Round-of-16.

Former rugby league player Wilkinson used her fast hands to full effect, and was in reality a different class to her Nigerian opponent Bolanle Temitope Shogbamu.

The Englishwoman won the light middleweight contest 4-1, much to the delight of a packed NEC Arena.

Williams dominated Pakistan’s Nazeer Ullah Khan, winning their heavyweight bout 5-0.

For more previews, check out our guide to Boxing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games here.

2:45 pm – New Zealand win cricket

It’s a successful start for the White Ferns T20 cricket team, who defeat South Africa by 13 runs at Edgbaston.

Suzie Bates’s 91 not out was the standout moment as New Zealand scored 167-1 off their 20 overs.

South Africa lost some early wickets in their chase, but regrouped through big middle order scores from Chloe Tyron and captain Sune Luus.

In the end, the Africans fell short with a total of 154 from their 20 overs. Great game!

Bates, who played basketball for New Zealand at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, had this to say:

She played basketball at the 2008 Olympics. 

“It was such a different experience, I feel like I was so overwhelmed by the whole experience as a 19-year-old. I just remember seeing all the athletes from all over the world, just being star struck really and wanting to get my eye on the USA basketball team and try and get some photos, and people like Roger Federer as well. Now I’m a bit older, playing it a bit cooler and making sure this team are enjoying those parts of it but making sure we perform, which is what we are here to do.”

2:30 pm – Australia netball impress again

Australia were pipped to gold by England in 2018 and seem very much intent on rectifying that at Birmingham 2022.

After almost scoring a century in their first match against Barbados, the Diamonds have now smashed Scotland 83 – 30.

Reigning Commonwealth champions England are still on course for the final after beating Malawi 66-4.

2:20 pm – A royal engagement

Various members of the British royal family are in attendance of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Yesterday, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were at gymnastics and meeting volunteers.

Then it was off to the rugby alongside Princess Anne – also the Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union and the first member of the British royal family to have competed in the Olympic Games to take in the Rugby Sevens in Coventry.

1:50 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Aznil Bidin retains 61kg weightlifting title

Aznil bin Bidin Muhamad has defended his 61k title in Birmingham with a Commonwealth Games record!

The Malaysian couldn’t complete the jerk at 166kg, but that didn’t affect the final standings as he finished on 285kg.

Papua New Guinea’s Morea Baru sealed a second-successive silver with 273kg, while India’s Gururaja Gururaja won bronze on 269kg.

That mean’s Malaysia are two from two in the weightlifting competitions today!

Aznil Bin Bidin Muhamadi of Team Malaysia celebrates after winning the weightlifting 61kg gold medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Picture by 2022 Getty Images

1:45 pm – Furlong scores four in hockey

The Welsh men’s hockey team put on a masterclass at the University of Birmingham to dispatch Canada 5-1.

Gareth Furlong was their man-of-the-match with four goals.

In the other Pool A game South Africa and Pakistan battled to a 2-2 draw.

1:25 pm – Rugby round-up

In the men’s rugby sevens in Coventry, Uganda put on a show to rout Jamaica 40-0.

Gold medal threats Australia edged past Kenya 7-5 in a thriller, while their key rivals New Zealand dominated England 20-0.

Samoa, who are on fire in Birmingham, smashed Sri Lanka 44-0, as powerhouse South Africa beat Scotland 34-0.

Tonga beat Malaysia 31-7, while Canada eased to a 24-12 win against Zambia.

Finally, reigning Olympic champions Fiji eventually saw off a determined Welsh team 38-24.

1:00 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Jessica Stenson wins women’s marathon

It’s third time lucky for Jessica Stenson, who has added Commonwealth Games gold to her previous two gold medals.

The Australian finished third in 2014 and 2018 and there was pure relief on the 34-year-old’s face as she crossed the line in 2:27:31 to huge cheers and applause.

Stenson finished 29 seconds clear of Kenyan silver medallist Margaret Mariuki, while Namibia’s 41-year-old defending champion Helalia Johannes took bronze.

12:50 pm – Suzie Bates blasts 91

New Zealand are off to a flying start against South Africa in their women’s cricket opener at Edgbaston.

Opener Suzie Bates smashed 91 not out and captain Sophie Devine added 48 to lead their team to 167-1 off their 20 overs.

In reply, the African team are on 23-2 after 4 overs. They have some work to do, but with talisman Mignon du Preez at the crease on 10 not out, anything is possible.

12:45 pm – Kelsey Mitchell starts strong

Over at track cycling in London, Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell of Canada dominated Rhian Edmunds of Wales in the first of their best-of-three women’s sprints.

Local hero Sophie Capewell has gone up 1-0 over Canada’s Sarah Orban, and Canada’s Lauriane Genest wins against Ellesse Andrews of New Zealand.

Wales’ Emma Finucane beats Kristina Clonan of Australia courtesy of a relegation for the latter.

12:30 pm – Wellings leads at 25km

Australia’s Eloise Wellings is leading the women’s marathon at the 25km mark.

The 39-year-old is running in her fourth Commonwealths, but first marathon. She’s part of a five-woman breakaway pack that includes her compatriot Jessica Stenson.

But there is a long way to go in this race, and with defending champion Helalia Johannes of Namibia, Tanzania’s Failuna Matanga, and Kenya’s Margaret Mariuki all up at the front, it’s anyone’s to win.

12:15 pm – Boxing is buzzing

Light shows, sparklers, Eminem blasting out over the speakers for the ring walks, and packed stands…. boxing is a serious vibe at Birmingham 2022.

Botswana’s George Molwantwa secured a 4-1 victory in the first bout against Uganda’s Jonathan Kyobe.

Boxing Commonwealth Games

11:40 am – Adam Peaty cruises through qualifying

Team England swimmer Adam Peaty made a successful return to the pool with the fastest men’s 100m breaststroke heat time.

The British world record holder and Olympic champion missed the Worlds last month after breaking his foot while training in the gym.

But he showed no rust at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, winning in 59.92, and qualifying for this evening’s semi-finals as the only man to go under one minute.

“Blown the cobwebs out. I didn’t really need to do anything in the morning,” he said afterwards. 

“I saw the heats come through and thought, ‘you know what, it’s going to be a waste of energy going fast this morning’. We’ll see how we go tonight.”

“That’s only my third race this year. I’d normally do about 20 by now.

“It felt a lot faster than a 59.9 [seconds] but hey ho, that’s a timing board for you.”

Elsewhere, Olympic champions Mack Horton (Australia) and Tom Dean (England) progressed in the men’s 200m freestyle heats, but trailed Scotland’s Duncan Scott, who set the fastest qualifying time of 1.47.16.

Olympic gold medallist Emma McKeon of Australia dominated her heat of the women’s 50m freestyle heats in 24.52, but her compatriot Shayna Jack set a faster time in her heat with 24.31.

11:20 am – MEDAL MOMENT: Victor Kiplangat wins men’s marathon

Victor Kiplangat has become the first Ugandan to win the Commonwealth marathon title!

The 22-year-old looked to be cruising to victory with 1km to go, but took a wrong turn and wasted precious seconds having to turnaround.

Thankfully for him, he was over 30 seconds ahead of his closest rival, and he recovered to break the tape first in a time of 2:10:55. Nice dance at the finish line, too!

“I feel so happy to have won. Thanks to all the fans for cheering me on. I was feeling fatigue in my legs but the crowd were cheering me on and they gave me courage,” he said after.
On taking the wrong route briefly near the end of the race:

“The people riding the motorcycles were confusing me. They told me to turn back. But I still made it to the finish.” 

Silver went to Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu, while Michale Githae finished with bronze.

The three athletes will take home the first medals of the Games for their respective countries.

Victor Kiplangat of Team Uganda celebrates finishing first in the Men’s Marathon at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Picture by Getty Images

11:13 am – MEDAL MOMENT: Aniq Kasdan wins men’s 55kg weightlifting

It’s 55kg gold gold, and a new Commonwealth Games record, for Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq!

The Malaysian trailed India’s Sangat Sargar by 3kg going into the final lift of the competition and set the bar at 142kg.

He failed with his first clean and jerk attempt before securing his mark at the second and final attempt. He finished with 249kg overall to clinch the record. What drama!

Sargar settled for silver with a total of 248kg, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Kumara finished with 225kg overall for bronze.

11:02 am – Hickling leads weightlifting

Home hero Ben Hickling is in the form of his life in the men’s 55kg weightlifting.

Roared on by a passionate home crowd at the NEC Arena – complete with sparklers and Daft Punk on the loud speakers – he has taken the provisional lead with a best clean and jerk of 119kg – a total of 212kg.

10:52 am – All change in men’s marathon, women begin

Uganda’s Victor Kiplangat and Alphonce Simbu of Tanzania have broken away from the other runners at the 30km mark.

Kenya’s Michael Githae and Jonathan Korir are 17sec back in third and fourth respectively, while Australia’s Adams has dropped to fifth, 20sec off the leaders.

And the women’s marathon is also underway!

The 16 competitors begin after a 10-minute delay, and Australia’s Sinead Diverhas taken an early lead.

Namibian reigning champion Helalia Johannes is the favourite.

10:45 am – Fiji spring huge upset!

Fiji women’s rugby sevens team have just beaten Australia 19-12, which has blown the tournament wide open.

Rio 2016 Olympic champions Australia were considered pre-tournament favourites here, but had no answer to the Pacific Islander’s flair and control.

Elsewhere in Pool B, Scotland’s Women beat South Africa 33 – 12.

There were no such upsets in Pool A, where Canada dominated Sri Lanka to win 74-0 courtesy of five tries for Krissy Scurfield.

New Zealand continued their good run with a 38-7 over a good England side.

That means the women’s semi finals are:

Australia v New Zealand

Fiji v Canada

10:34 – Kit change for Malawi!

This just in from our netball reporter Chloe Merrell:

It’s been a rocky start for Malawi’s netball team who today face defending champions England in their opening match of the competition.

They arrived in Birmingham without their netball dresses due to a delay in the supply chain.

But in true Commonwealth spirit, a local uniform supplier has come to the rescue providing each netball player with two dresses for the competition.

Their match against the hosts gets underway at 2pm.

10:20 am – Adams leads men’s marathon

We’re at the midway point of the men’s marathon, where Liam Adams is our surprise leader.

The Australian finished sixth four years ago on home soil, and is looking good to improve upon that in Birmingham’s perfect conditions: dry, warm, and ever so slightly overcast.

10:05 am – Here are today’s medal events:

07:00 – 14:30 Athletics marathon, Smithfield

Men’s marathon T53/54 Women’s marathon T53/54 Men’s marathon Women’s marathon

09:00 – 13:45 Weightlifting, NEC

Men’s 55kg Men’s 61kg

15:30 – 17:45 – Weightlifting, NEC

16:00 – 19:00 Cycling track and Para track, Lee Valley VeloPark

Women’s 3000m individual pursuit Men’s 4000m individual pursuit Men’s keirin Women’s sprint

16:30 – 22:00 Artistic gymnastics, Arena Birmingham

19:00 – 22:15 Swimming and Para swimming, Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Men’s 50m butterfly Women’s 50m breaststroke Men’s 200m freestyle Men’s 50m freestyle S13 Women’s 50m freestyle S13 Men’s 400m individual medley Men’s 100m butterfly Men’s 100m backstroke Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay

20:00 –22:15 Weightlifting, NEC

For a more detailed look at all of today’s action, please see the Birmingham 2022 schedule here.

10:00 am – Today’s programme

Good morning and welcome to day two of the 2022 Commonwealth Games live blog.

Birmingham 2022 began with a bang yesterday as 16 gold medals were won. But today the heat will be turned up a little with 23 Commonwealth titles to be decided!

Headlining the action are the first athletics events in the men’s and women’s marathons. Namibia’s 41-year-old Helalia Johannes returns to defend her title.

In artistic gymnastics, Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Alice Kinsella will be hoping to lift England to the women’s team gold medal, while India’s Mirabai Chanu will be hoping to defend her women’s 49kg weightlifting title from 2018.

Over at Lee Valley VeloPark in London, Canadian Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell is looking to match her Tokyo gold with a Commonwealth title in the women’s sprint, with the men and women’s individual pursuits also to be decided.

Two South Africans will go head-to-head at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre in what is expected to be another thrilling day of swimming. Olympic 200m champion Tatjana Schoenmaker will face off against new Commonwealth Games record holder (as of yesterday), Lara van Niekerk.

The home team will have two medal favourites in action. World champion in the 50m freestyle, Ben Proud is anticipated to go well in the 50m butterfly while Olympic champion Tom Dean will be the man to beat in the men’s 200m free.

Australia’s most successful Olympian Emma McKeon will be one-to-watch in the women’s 100m butterfly. She will have to contend with Olympic 100m butterfly champion Canadian Maggie Mac Neil.