The Birmingham Commonwealth Games kicked off last week with the opening ceremony at the refurbished Alexander Stadium. With a total of 280 events across 20 sports played over the course of the event, Telegraph Sport takes a look at key athletes from home nations.
Adam Peaty (Swimming)
The all-time greatest in the 100 breaststroke was expected to add another gold to his Commonwealth titles from 2014 and 2018, but in a huge pool shock he not only lost gold but also a medal. After missing the recent World Cup due to a broken foot, the Englishman struggled and returned home fourth, with teammate James Wilby taking gold. He rebounded on Monday, however, when he reached the 50m breaststroke final.
Laura Kenny (Cycling)
Part of the cycling power couple (with husband Sir Jason), Kenny is looking to complete a relatively bare section of the Commonwealth Games of the family trophy case: despite having five Olympic golds and one silver, he had previously only won one. Commonwealth Medal. The situation changed on the first day with bronze in the women’s team pursuit and gold in the scratch race on Monday.
Birmingham medal results so far: Women’s team pursuit bronze, women’s scratch race gold.
Jack Laugher (Diving)
He won his first ever gold at the 2016 Rio 2016 British Olympics and already owns five Commonwealth Golds. The 27-year-old from Harrogate and his 3-meter synchro partner Anthony Harding won silver at the World Championships in July and will be confident to do better.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Athletics)
The much-loved Scouser KJT is the 2018 Commonwealth heptathlon champion, but has been through a desperate time with injuries, including a ruptured Achilles tendon. She wasn’t able to defend the 2019 world title much at this year’s event in Eugene, but her talent remains indisputable.
Gemma Howell (Judo)
The Telford-born fighter dropped from 70kg to 63kg and won her first major title recently at the European Championships. She has undergone 10 surgeries on various injuries, but the 31-year-old fighter never gives up and is looking for her first Commonwealth medal.
Laura Muir (Athletics)
Tokyo Olympic silver and a recent World Championships bronze in Eugene, but still no Commonwealth medal on the trophy case: she skipped 2018 matches to focus on her exams as a veterinarian at the University of Glasgow.
Neah Evans (Cycling)
Also a qualified veterinarian, Evans took home silver and bronze from the last Commonwealth Games and this year won Madison (with Laura Kenny) at the British National Championships, as well as the individual pursuit and national points titles.
Birmingham medal results so far: Bronze in the team pursuit in the 3,000 meters, silver in the individual points race.
Jack Carlin (Cycling)
The Paisley-born sprint cyclist has a string of medals from the Olympics, Worlds, and Commonwealth Games but doesn’t have gold yet. Three titles at the British Championships in March mark him as a major contender in Birmingham.
Birmingham medal results so far: Keirin silver, sprint bronze
James Heatly (Scuba Diving)
Despite being born in Winchester, Heatly competes for Scotland, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Sir Peter Heatly, who won three Commonwealth (then British Empire Games) gold in the 1950s before becoming chairman of the Commonwealth Games Committee. late in his life.
Duncan Scott (Swimming)
Part of the triumphant quartet of the 4x200m freestyle relay in Tokyo 2020 and winner of three more medals in Japan, making him the first Briton to bring back four medals from an Olympics. Recent lost World Cups due to Covid; if fully recovered, he will surely add to his seven Commonwealth medals so far.
Birmingham medal results so far: Gold in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 400m individual medley
Geraint Thomas (Cycling)
The ageless great cyclist proved he still has what it takes when he took the podium in this year’s Tour de France, although he admitted he wouldn’t have celebrated as much as he could years ago, with an eye on delivery. for Wales in Birmingham.
Anwen Butten (lawn bowls)
Butten takes his place for a stunning sixth Commonwealth Games, having competed for the first time in the event in 2002, where he won a bronze in the pairs event. Her mother was also an international bowler.
Natalie Powell (Judo)
2014 Commonwealth Games champion at 78 kg, Powell became the first British judoka to be ranked number one in the world. His girlfriend Sanne van Dijke is also one of the best judokas and is an Olympic bronze medalist.
Rosie Eccles (boxing)
She won welterweight silver on the Gold Coast, losing to a split decision, and again unlucky when she had a virus that left her dramatically weakened on the right side of her body – and this for a woman known as “Rosie. of the right hand “because of its punching power. She swears her time is now.
Hannah Powell (weightlifting)
The British record holder of 45kg, the pint-sized lifter grew up in Birmingham. She now competes under 49kg and is the Welsh record holder at that weight.
Daniel Jervis (Swimming)
Devoutly Christian Jervis is aiming for 1500m glory at the Commonwealth Games: he won bronze in 2014 and silver in 2018. He recently came out and says he wants to be a role model for young gay athletes.
Northern Ireland team
Rhys McClenaghan (Gymnastics)
The 23-year-old from County Down won gold on the grab horse at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, beating Max Whitlock.
Through no fault of his own, he was at the center of an argument with the International Gymnastics Federation prior to these games, when the IGF said he could not compete for Northern Ireland because he had previously competed for Ireland. After the angry intervention of politicians including Leo Varadkar, citing the Good Friday agreement, the federation backtracked.
Tanya Watson (Diving)
Born in Southampton, but Irish thanks to her grandmother born in Derry, the 20-year-old made history when she became the first Irish competitor in an Olympics diving event. The former gymnast here achieves another milestone by becoming the first woman in Northern Ireland to dive at the Commonwealth Games.
Aidan Walsh (Boxing)
The Belfast-born welterweight injured his ankle celebrating a quarter-final victory in Tokyo 2020 (competing for Ireland) and had to retire from the semi-final against England’s Pat McCormack. McCormack is the Commonwealth welterweight champion, so Walsh has a big chance to make up for the Olympics disappointment.
Amy Broadhurst (Boxing)
Boxing is Northern Ireland’s most successful sport in the Commonwealth and, thanks to the fists of the 2022 IBA Light Welterweight World Champion, they have every chance to add a 14th gold. Born in Dundalk, Ireland, Broadhurst is nicknamed Baby Canelo.
Bethany Firth (Swimming)
Firth, who has an intellectual disability, also has a rare haul of medals: she has a Paralympic gold for Ireland, five Paralympic golds for Team GB and is so focused on winning the S14 200m freestyle that she adds a Commonwealth medal. missing that he postponed his honeymoon.
Megan Marrs (Athletics)
She won gold at the 2018 British Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles and followed that again with gold in 2022. Those wins came in Birmingham, and she goes to the Games keeping the flame of family athletics alive. : his mother was a former British high jump champion.