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Commonwealth Games 2022 LIVE: Latest updates from day one in Birmingham

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Queen’s Baton reaches Birmingham on eve of Commonwealth Games

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is underway after the opening ceremony took place last night to kick off 10 days of intense sporting action. Celebrities and musicians welcomed the athletes from across the Commonwealth in a three hour long performance that showcased the best and brightest from the West Midlands. More than 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories will compete in the games with 280 medals available to be won.

16 of those are on offer on day one as gymnastics, triathalon and netball all get underway on Friday. Olympic silver medallist Alex Yee made it gold in the men’s triathlon for the first medal of the Games for Team England. Fellow Tokyo hero Georgia Taylor-Brown goes in the women’s race.

Women’s T20 cricket makes its Commonwealth debut with a huge match as Australia take on India at Edgbaston before England battle Trinidad and Tobago to kick off their netball defence around midday. There is track cycling action from the Lee Valley VeloPark in London – including the men’s and women’s team pursuit and the team sprint finals – before the action moves to the pool and the first of the swimming medals are decided later this evening.

Follow all the latest updates from the Commonwealth Games below:

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Track Cycling

A good morning for Welsh cycling.

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Around the Games

Squash and Boxing both got underway at 12pm with some home grown competitors in action.

In the Squash, Wales’ Emyr Evans has beaten Luca Reich of the British Virgin Islands 3-0 in the Men’s Singles Round of 64, and Reese Lynch of Scotland recorded an RSC win over Timon Aaree of Kiribati in the Men’s Boxing Light Welterweight Round of 32.

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Alex Yee wins first gold medal of Commonwealth Games 2022

Here’s the moment England’s Alex Yee took the gold in the men’s triathlon this morning. It was the first medal awarded of the games in Birmingham.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Track Cycling

England are into another cycling final!

Ryan Owens, Hamish Turnbull and Joe Truman qualify for the gold medal race with the second fastest time of 43.296 seconds in the men’s team sprint and alos guarantee themselves a Commonwealth medal.

They will face Australia – who just set a new Games record time of 42.222 – in the final.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Swimming

More succes for the Home Nations in the pool.

Welsh duo Alys Margaret Thomas and Harriet Jones advance to the semi-finals of the Women’s 100m butterfly alongside England’s Holly Hibbott.

Canada’s Maggie Macneil and Australia’s Emma McKeon are very much the ladies to beat with Olympic champion Macneil second fastest behind the Olympic 50m and 100m freestyle champion McKeon after this morning’s qualifying races.

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Commonwealth Games 2022

Seem like the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, enjoyed himself at the Opening Ceremony last night. One of the perks of the job is getting invited to these incredible international sporting events.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Women’s Hockey

Scotland beat South Africa in their opening match!

Charlotte Watson took the lead for Scotland, before South Africa hit back with two Lisa-Marie Deetlefs goals.

Sarah Robertson levelled the game after great play out wide from Millie Stieger before the Scots added a third through with a Fiona Burnet deflection in the third quarter.

Jennifer Eadie netted a fourth in the closing stages to seal the victory.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – T20 Cricket

T20 cricket is a new inclusion at this year’s games with all the matches being played at Edgbaston, just outside the city centre. Today’s opening game sees the world no. 1 ranked side, Australia, take on India.

The Indian’s batted first with captain Harmanpreet Kaur scoring 52 runs off 34 balls to set 154-8 from their 20 overs. Australia’s Megan Schutt took two wickets with the final two balls of India’s innings and will be on a hat-trick when she bowls next match.

155 runs needed to win for the Aussies.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Gymnastics

Northern Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan won the country’s only gold medal at the Gold Coast four years ago and has a lot of pressure to deliver again this year.

He’s discipline is the pommel horse and the arena crowd goes silent in anticipation of his start…

Incredible display! A massive score of 14.350 for the Commonwealth champion is a lead of 2.5 marks and puts him through to Monday’s final.

I don’t really need to explain the cheers from the crowd after that one.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 – Netball

England are in full flow against Trinidad and Tobago much to the delight of the watching crowds. They ended the first quarter 15-6 in front but have already extended that to 23-6 in the second.

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