Opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2018 celebrates indigenous culture beaches and diversity

The athletes are ready, organisers on the Gold Coast have made their final preparations and the 2018 Commonwealth Games are now under way.

The gymnastics success was preceded by Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott taking gold in the blind and visually impaired (B&VI) sprint.

The 2017 World Athletics Championship 10,000m silver medallist is among Uganda's medal hopefuls in the absence of the 2012 London Olympic marathon gold medallist Stephen Kiprotich and Moses Kipsiro, who won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.


Chanu stood at the top of the podium as the Indian national anthem played for the first time in this year's CWG while a perseverant Gururaja settled for a silver medal. The baton for India would then be taken up by the pair Pranaav Chopra and Chirag Shetty in the Men's Doubles; before Ashwini Ponappa and Ruthvika Gadde look to finish off things in the Women's doubles category. "I think that's important to realize".

Miley, who won the 400 IM at both the New Delhi Games in 2010 and four years later at Glasgow, had to settle for silver in 4:35.16.

At the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast this time, when he was competing in the weightlifting event, he had his moments of anxiousness after his first two attempts were deemed invalid. Once she had completed the total lift of 196kg, she broke into a wide smile.


A second surprise triumph for an English athlete over a Scottish rival followed as defending champion Ross Murdoch relinquished his men's 200m breaststroke crown to England's James Wilby.

With Wales needing a win to stay alive in its opening round against India, Hursey partnered Charlotte Carey and produced some big forehands to help in 3-2 victory.

Jamiu bounced back from the team's doubles defeat to edge Mohammed Rizal from Malaysia 3-2 in a keenly-contested game.


"I am in the shape of my life and am gutted to miss out on the opportunity to show what I can do", Proud said.

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