Monday, October 4, 2010

Live - Commonwealth Games Day two

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  1. 04:35 Commentary  

    World 100m breaststroke champion Brenton Rickard glides into the semi-finals, closely followed by South African Cameron van der Burgh, who will be favourite for the 50m event. Also looking in tip-top shape is Christian Sprenger, the current 200m world champion. They will be joined by eight home nation swimmers in the semi-finals.

  2. 04:28 Commentary  

    So who is out in Delhi at the moment? If you are out and about, you can text me on +44 7789200666 (worldwide - messages will be charged at your standard operator rate), or 81111 if you are closer to UK shores. Meanwhile, BBC commentators Adrian Moorhouse and Andy Jameson are aghast to see Indian swimmer Puneet Rana wearing a watch during the men's 100m breaststroke. I'm sensing that's a bad thing...

  3. 04:19 Commentary  

    England's Antony James, Guernsey's Andrew Mayor and Scotland's Ian Powell are all through to the semi-finals of the 50m fly while world 100m women's backstroke champion Gemma Spofforth of England finishes second in the second qualifying heat behind Georgia Davies of Wales, while defending Commonwealth champion Sophie Edington of Australia touches third. All three are through to the semi-finals, along with European silver medallist Lizzie Simmonds.

  4. 04:13 Commentary  

    Unsurprisingly, the Aussies are dominating the qualifying heats of the men's 50m butterfly, with Geoff Huegill - the man who lost over seven stone in weight (45kg) to get in shape to win a medal in Delhi. Huegill was world champion in the 50m fly back in 2001 but retired after the Athens Olympics in 2004. He piled on the pounds after hanging his competitive goggles up but in 2008 he announced he was hitting the pool again - shedding almost a third of his body weight to get back into shape ("from six-packs to six-pack" was one of the headlines in the Aussie tabloids on his return).

  5. 04:02 Commentary  

    I'm Pranav Soneji and I am a Ryder Cup addict. Monday's drama and tension was unbearable at times, but what compelling viewing/listening/reading. Hopefully the atmopshere in Delhi on day two will be on a par (quite clearly no pun intended, but serendipitous nonetheless) with Celtic Manor. With 15 gold medals on offer, hopefully the Indian public will be barging through the doors at the Dr S P Mukherjee Swimming Stadium. Much better name than Highgrove... First off we have the men's 50m fly qualifying.

  6. 03:59 Commentary  

    Yawn, there is something not quite right about setting your alarm for 02:30, like eating a very brown banana or watching a Eddie Murphy film made after the 1980s. But the sticky eyelids and furry tongue are worth it when there is swimming on offer on day two of the Commonwealth Games.

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Fifteen gold medals are up for grabs on day two in Delhi with athletes from the four home nations bidding to win their first titles of the Games.

England's swimming world champion Liam Tancock will hope to upgrade his silver medal from Melbourne in 2006 in the men's 50m backstroke final at 1130 BST.

Scotland's Robbie Renwick and defending Commonwealth champion Ross Davenport compete in the men's 200m freestyle.

Wales' Geraint Thomas will contest the 1,000m Time Trial final at 0940 BST.

The Olympic Team Pursuit champion cyclist is likely to face a stiff challenge from young Australian star Jack Bobridge while defending champion Anna Meares of Australia will be the favourite to retain her women's title in the absence of Victoria Pendleton.

Coverage of the cycling on BBC2 runs from 0800-1100 BST while the swimming finals are on BBC1 from 1100-1300 BST and will also be shown live on the BBC Sport website for UK users only.

After the silver medal heroics of their men's team, England's women gymnasts will be looking to land on the podium in the artistic team final which runs from 1200-1400 BST.

The silver medal winners in 2006 look set to do battle with Australia, who beat them to the gold medal in Melbourne four years ago.

They must do so without Beth Tweddle, who is preparing to compete at the World Championships in Rotterdam, but there is a lot of depth in British gymnastics and Imogen Cairns has recovered from serious injury to lead the English challenge.

In the pool, Australian superstar Leisel Jones - who won four gold medals in 2006 - has already lost out in her bid to win eight golds in Delhi.

But she will be looking for another chance to prove her ascendancy in the women's 50m breaststroke, one of five swimming finals taking place on Tuesday.

England's light welterweight Bradley Saunders is one of the biggest boxing names competing in Delhi and he takes on Grenada's Dominic Boatswain in his opening bout and overall there will be action in 15 different sports.

Wrestling gets under way, as does shooting, while in the women's hockey England take on Wales while Scotland will hope to replicate their form against India when they take on South Africa.

Scotland's men face the daunting task of taking on Pakistan.

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