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Commonwealth Games: What to watch for on day one of action from Birmingham

DON’T MISS: Popstar turned swimming sensation Cody Simpson will get his first taste of Commonwealth Games action when he takes to the pool in the men’s butterfly heats at 6.33pm WA time.

5.30pm | Swimming

Australia’s superstars, including Ariarne Titmus (women’s 200m freestyle), Ellie Cole (women’s 100m freestyle S9), and Zac Stubblety-Cook (men’s 200m breaststroke) begin their campaigns. Cody Simpson makes his splash in the men’s 50m butterfly, while his girlfriend Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers could line up together when the mixed 4 x 100m freestyle relay makes its Games debut.

Can Emma McKeon get off to a strong start?
Camera IconCan Emma McKeon get off to a strong start? Credit: Adam Head/News Corp Australia

6pm | Triathlon

The men’s event is the first gold medal to be awarded at Birmingham. Jonny Brownlee (England) will be favourite, with Matthew Hauser, Gold Coast 2018 silver medallist, Jacob Birtwhistle and Brandon Copeland all flying the flag for Australia. Meanwhile, the Australian trio of Sophie Linn, Charlotte McShane and Natalie van Coevorden will reigning Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion Flora Duffy (Bermuda) and 2020 World champion and Tokyo 2020 silver medallist, Georgia Taylor-Brown (England).

Matthew Hauser.
Camera IconMatthew Hauser. Credit: Supplied

6pm | Cricket

The opening game is a rematch of the 2020 T20 World Cup final between Australia and India. Australia’s squad includes captain Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney.

9pm | Netball

The Diamonds take to the court in peak form against Barbados in the first Group A pool match.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: Sunday Aryang of the Fever receives the ball during the round 10 Super Netball match between West Coast Fever and Melbourne Vixens at RAC Arena, on May 17, 2022, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)
Camera IconWest Coast Fever’s Sunday Aryang will represent the Aussies. Credit: James Worsfold/Getty Images

Cycling

Jessica Gallagher will be chasing her first medal in the BVI tandem sprint.

2am | Swimming finals

The first medals in the pool will be handed out across a two-and-a-half hour period, including the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay final at 4.15am WA time.

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