Commonwealth Games guide on the Gold Coast


Home nations Both the track and road teams are reduced on established names but rich in youthful talent. Riders shot six gold medals in Glasgow in the 2014 Games however the Yorkshirewoman hasn’t travelled to Australia, nor has fresh mum Laura Kenny. England’s men’s track team is headed by the Olympic winner Philip Hindes, although Katie Archibald, whose brother John has also been selected leads Team Scotland.

International Australian cyclists have been keeping their powder dry to race on home soil, looking to exceed the seven gold medals, out of a potential 13, they gained around the track in Glasgow.


Home nations Katarina Johnson-Thompson arrives in Australia fresh from becoming world indoor pentathlon winner and is preferred to win heptathlon gold, with Olympic winner Nafi Thiam of Belgium Agree to compete. Johnson-Thompson’s boyfriend Andrew Pozzi was also crowned world indoor champion in the 60m hurdles and is among the favourites to win the 110m hurdles over. Dina Asher‑Smith, Adam Gemili and Zharnel Hughes carry on the might of Jamaica’s sprinters and all seem in good early season form.

International Local favorite Sally Pearson is likely to find the largest cheer of the week in the athletics venue, just ten minutes drive out of her house but is trying hard to overcome an achilles injury. South Africa’s Caster Semenya is making her Commonwealth Games introduction but is anticipated to perform the 800m and 1500m double in Australia. She missed 2010 because of legal wranglings over her qualification.


Home nations Adam Peaty is arguably England’s strongest gold medal expect in any game, the largest unknown being how quick he’ll go at the 100m breaststroke and whether he’ll attempt to break his world record.

International England vs Australia from the swimming pool is being charged as a Ashes rematch. The home team have the advantage of being acquainted with the Optic Aquatics Centre’s states. Cate Campbell, who is contributing the female challenge and is trying to put things right here, and suffered a collapse. South Africa’s Chad Le Clos won six medals at the Commonwealth Games four decades ago and will attempt to defend his 100m and 200m butterfly titles.

England’s Pat McCormack cries on the Gold Coast. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images


Home states Twins Pat and Luke McCormack are a part of the 12-strong England staff and both have powerful medal claims. England won five of 13 awards offer in Glasgow four decades ago and super Frazer Clarke asserts the team were motivated by the recent name fight victory of his occasional partner Anthony Joshua.

International Australian Taylah Robertson ensured the very first medal of these Games before they even started. She’s ensured at the very least a bronze in the women’s 51-kg branch after getting a bye to the semi-finals. Just seven fighters are competing in receive bronzes and the class. B ut she’s expected to struggle for gold.


Home nations Despite decades of campaigning, squash is to convince it is worthy of a place in the Olympics meaning these Games stays an integral competition. England’s Nick Matthews is bidding for a third consecutive Commonwealth name but he may have to overcome compatriot and another former world No 1. The Laura Massaro of England is also seed.

International Eight-times world winner and also two-times Commonwealth champion Nicol David of Malaysia will be aiming to mad Massaro.


Home nations Max Whitlock is going to be let down if he does not figure out how to maintain his beam, pommel and flooring titles. The women of England have been blighted by injury entry with Claudia Fragapane, Amy Tinkler and Ellie Downie all absent meaning Taeja James, Team England’s eldest member, received a late telephone.

International There’s very little strength in depth in Commonwealth rushing past the home nations. 1 man made athlete from a Commonwealth nation — the Zachary Clay of Canada — created a final at last season’s world championships in Montreal, where he finished 21st in the all round competition. With the Ellie Black of Canada with won a world medal the women fare better.

The Olympic winners Jack Laugher and Chris Mears will consider anything other than gold for England a disappointment. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images


Home countries Olympic winners Chris Mears and also Jack Laugher will consider anything less than gold that a disappointment as will poster boy Tom Daley. Team Scotland’s Grace Reid made her Commonwealth introduction as a 13-year-old in Delhi in 2010 but at 19 is being known as Grandma Grace.

International Australian diver Taneka Kovchenko has been forced to retire just days ahead of the start of the Games for health reasons with a decision yet to be made who will partner Melissa Wu in the 10m synchronised occasion.


Home countries Team England arrive following some of the best results in their background and will be aiming to upset the Antipodean stranglehold on the game.

International Australia vs New Zealand is one of the most fierce rivalries in world game with their matches in the Gold Coast Convention Centre sold out.


Home nations Zoe Smith has been forced to work in a cafe to fund training following having a devastating shoulder injury and is on the comeback trail aiming to grow her three Commonwealth medals at the 58kg branch.

International Much of the focus is going to be on New Zealand’s transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard, whose presence in the 90kg-plus branch has been contentious.

Table tennis

Home nations Anna Hursey is a 11-year-old prodigy competing for Wales, whilst veteran Paul Drinkhall directs the English challenge.

International Singapore is your powerhouse of Commonwealth table tennis, with won 44 medals in the previous four Games.


Home nations The two England’s men’s and women’s teams have odds of winning small medals.

International First included in the Games in Melbourne 2006 and this time round Australia and New Zealand are likely to battle for gold with the home nation favourites.

Beach volleyball

Home nations England train in a cold autumn in Dorset but 6ft 9in Chris Gregory and his partner Jake Sheaf aren’t any  3 seeds to the Commonwealth tournament.

International Beach volleyball is a new addition for your Gold Coast in favour of judo which was dropped following the Glasgow Games, and will be held on Coolangatta shore. Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Australia’s women’s duo Taliqua Clancy expect they can be spurred by a home audience to glory.

Rugby sevens

Home nations England’s squad includes seven members of Team GB, who picked up silver medals in the Rio 2016 Olympics. They arrive in Gold Coast after a warm-up tournament in Hong Kong.

International Fiji’s win over Great Britain in the men’s sevens closing at Rio 2016 means the Pacific Islanders come to the Games as favourites, but will face stiff competition from South Africa, England and New Zealand amongst others.


Home nations Northern Ireland’s David Calvert surfaced in an record-extending 11th Commonwealth Games, seeking a fifth gold medal.

International Australia’s Laetisha Scanlan is a reigning Commonwealth champion and begins the her defence of her name on her 28th birthday.

Lawn bowls

Home nations England, Wales and Northern Ireland initially dominate but can be thrown by thick rain which will slow down the greens.

International Carmelita Anderson, also a 63-year-old from the Norfolk Islands nicknamed the Tiger Shark, will return for her fourth Games, 24 years later claiming the land’s first and only medal with bronze in the women’s lawn bowls in Victoria in 1994.