The first weekend of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games kicks off today, with 29 Gold medals for the taking across an action-packed programme of sports.
Today sees the inclusion of a Mixed Relay Triathlon event for the very first time at the Commonwealth Games. This innovative format consists of two men and two women, with each athlete completing a ‘super-sprint’ triathlon of swimming, biking and running before tagging off to their next team mate. Team England’s Brownlee brothers – who dominated the Men’s Individual Triathlon on Thursday with Alistair taking Gold and Jonathon claiming Silver – will be competing again today.
Husband and wife Euan Burton (Team Scotland) and Gemma Gibbons (Team England) will both be chasing Judo medals in today’s 100kg and 78kg events respectively. This is the first time since they met that the couple will compete for their own nations, rather than together for Team GB!
Tollcross International Swimming Centre has seen some incredible competition over the past couple of days, and today the action continues. Look out for South Africa’s Chad le Clos – Gold medallist at Delhi 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Champion – who will be defending his crown in the 200m Butterfly.
Today’s sporting highlights won’t just come from the Finals, with thrilling competition continuing in Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Squash and Table Tennis. In Netball, Team England will face old rivals Australia, the current number one netball nation.
Scotland and South Africa will also contest the first lawn bowls Gold medal of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when they clash in the gold medal match of para-sport mixed pairs B2/B3.
Today also sees the first day of Rugby Sevens at Ibrox Stadium, where New Zealand will be competing for their fifth consecutive Gold medal. Known as the All Black Sevens, New Zealand have yet to lose a Rugby Sevens match in Commonwealth Game history – but with other competing nations determined to challenge their crown, the competition is going to be fierce.
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The Commonwealth Games isn’t the only exciting sporting event taking place in the city. Head down to Glasgow Green today and celebrate the 15th birthday of one of Glasgow’s most famous children’s characters by taking part in The Gruffalo Games!
If you are checking out the Merchant City Festival today, make sure to stop by the Glasgow Loves Music Stage for a musical showcase including DJ sessions, singing lessons, choir performances and more.
Have a look at all of today’s Festival 2014 highlights.
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