Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Live - Commonwealth Games day three

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  1. 04:47 Hockey  

    In hockey, the world's top-ranked side Australia are leading 5-0 against Scotland's men at half-time of their Group A encounter. The Scots have yet to score after an opening 3-0 defeat by Pakistan on Tuesday, incidentally the 100th match of goalkeeper Alistair McGregor's international career.Ã&http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/live/http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/live/http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/live/#130; 

  2. 04:40 Swimming  

    While we're in the pool, let me divert your attention to Ian Thorpe's assessment of his good friend Geoff Huegill, who has shed about seven stone in order to win a Commonwealth gold. I especially like this line: "Everyone knows he's put on a lot of weight. You don't really want to say it but you know he has, and he knows you know." A few female friends have suffered something similar with the rapidly-expanding waistlines of their other halves.

  3. 04:31 Swimming  

    So England's Adlington looks in awesome form going into the 800m final on Thursday and she will be joined my compatriot Sasha Matthews and Scotland's Megan Gilchrist. In the pool right now are the men's 100m swimmers, plenty of early-morning support although the fans are confined to individual nations rather than from domestic supporters.

  4. 04:20 Commentary  

    Over to the Dr S P Mukherjee Swimming Stadium where double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington is leading her heat of the women's 800m from two Australians. Watching the 21-year-old cut through the water makes me sick - the grace, ease and efficiency of her stroke makes my freestyle efforts look like aÃ&http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/live/http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/live/http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/live/#130; startled wilderbeest. Sigh.

  5. 04:14 Commentary  

    Like Santa Claus, I have a huge sack of goodies on offer for all you today - it mainly involves (deep breath); swimming (nine golds), athletics (three), track cycling (four), gymnastics (two), shooting (four), weightlifting (two) and finally, everyone's favourite grip and tickle, wrestling (four). But unlike Santa Claus, no-one has left me out a rather sumptuous plate of luxurious biscuits to consume during the night nor am I wearing a rather fetching all-in-one red number. And I actually exist (ooooh, controversial).

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  7. 04:00 Commentary  

    While bullet-like raindrops descend relentlessly in west London in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the mercury is set to soar to 33 degrees in the Indian capital on day three of the Commonwealth Games. Up for grabs today - a whopping 28 gold medals, nine of those coming in the pool. Let's get this show on the road.

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Twenty-eight gold medals are on offer on day three with nine swimming finals taking place and the richly-anticipated athletics getting under way in Delhi.

Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington will be attempting to help England win the women's 4x200m freestyle relay at around 1305 BST.

Scottish and Welsh cyclists, along with Northern Ireland, will bid for success in the men's point race at 0950 BST.

The athletics is set to start but there have been problems at the stadium.

In mid-afternoon in Delhi on Tuesday, workers were battling to ensure the main Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was in good shape.

Yet the alterations still being made with less than 24 hours to go were fairly significant, with tarmac being laid on the damaged track and half the infield still without grass.

In the pool, Australia - having won bronze both at the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships - should be favourites in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay event.

But they were beaten by both England and Scotland four years ago at the Commonwealths in Melbourne.

After England's Terrence Bosson won silver in the 60kg Greco-Roman wrestling final against India's Ravinder Singh on Tuesday, his compatriot Myroslav Dykun might be hoping to upset the odds in the 66kg event.

He takes on India's world champion Sunil Kumar, while Brett Hawthorn of Wales takes on Samoa's Vilamu Fualau.

Fresh from winning silver in the artistic team events, both England's female and male gymnasts will be attempting to make an impression in the individual all-round events.

Imogen Cairns and Jocelyn Hunt are ones to watch in the women's, while Max Whitlock, Luke Folwell and Reiss Beckford star in the men's.

Meanwhile, lightweight Welsh boxer Darren Edwards will make his first appearance in Delhi.

He has come out of retirement to try to better the bronze he won four years ago in Melbourne and meets Scotland's Josh Taylor at around 0830 BST.

In athletics, European silver medallist Mark Lewis-Francis is the only home nations entrant in the men's 100m heats at 1310 BST.

In the absence of England's European champion Mo Farah, so compatriots Lee Emmanuel and Chris Thompson are outside bets in a 5,000m final which the Kenyans are expected to dominate.

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