Introduction to the Gold Coast
SOAK UP OUR STATS OVER 30 PAGES OF EVENT-BY-EVENT PREVIEWS
THE Commonwealth Games returns to Australia for the fifth time this month with the 21st Games held on the Gold Coast. An event rich in history and tradition, it was first staged in Canada in 1930 – under the original name of the British Empire Games – and has since established itself as one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
Along with the European Championships in Berlin in August, it is the highlight of the year for British athletes who, of course, compete under their individual nation flags of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at the Games, while there are also teams from Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey. Many classic moments have been staged at the Commonwealth Games over the years. At the last Games alone in Glasgow we saw athletes such as Valerie Adams, Sally Pearson, Greg Rutherford, Kirani James, Usain Bolt and David Rudisha.
Indeed, such is the standard in some events, Rudisha was beaten by Nijel Amos in the 800m and on the Gold Coast in the coming days there will be similar cut-throat competition as athletes battle for medals.
Take the women’s 200m, for example, where Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica is poised to go head to head with Olympic 400m winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas and England’s speed queen Dina Asher-Smith. It is a mouth-watering encounter and is just one of the many clashes we will see on the Gold Coast.
I hope you enjoy our previews over the following pages and that it provides an ideal guide as you settle back to watch the action. Then, in our next two magazine issues and online, we will be publishing our unrivalled coverage of the Games itself.
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