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Stars to Watch at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the announcement of free public transport around the Gold Coast, the host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, there has not been a better time to purchase tickets for this massive sporting event.

Not that anyone should need any extra incentive to get their hands on tickets for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which is set to feature the world’s best athletes.

Whether you are a fan of track and field, swimming, cycling or basketball, there are so many events taking place, you are spoilt for choice. The question is, who are the potential star athletes you should be looking out for at the 2018 Commonwealth Games?

The 100 Metres

 

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Andre De Grasse (image courtesy of Mark Blinch)

 

 

This race is regarded as the showpiece event of the track and field at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Usain Bolt may have retired from the sport, but there are athletes ready to step into his shoes.

Andre De Grasse performed superbly at the 2016 Olympic Games, recording personal bests in both the 100 metres and 200 metres in Rio. He was the first Canadian to win three medals at an Olympic Games, claiming silver in the 200 metres and bronze in the 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.

Another athlete who shone in Rio was Jamaica’s, Elaine Thompson. She won both individual sprint events and was the first woman to do so since Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988. Having made a slow start in the final of the 100 metres at the 2017 World Athletics Championship, Thompson will be hoping to get out of the blocks quickly at the Commonwealth Games and claim the gold medal in style.

 

Distance Running

Vivian Cheruiyot holds the Kenyan and Commonwealth Games record for the 5,000 metres and will be hoping to add the gold medals she won at the 2015 World Athletics Championship and the 2016 Olympic Games.

She last competed in the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and won the 5,000-metre gold medal in India. Cheruiyot also won the gold medal in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in the 2011 World Athletics Championship.

This is likely to be her final appearance at the Commonwealth Games, and she will want to go out with a bang and win gold for the second time in her career.

 

Badminton

 

Lee Chong Wei (image courtesy of First Post Sports)

 

The Commonwealth Games provides the opportunity to watch world-class athletes compete in sports which may not receive much mainstream coverage throughout the year. Badminton is one of those games and on the Gold Coast in 2018 the most successful Malaysian in Olympic history will compete in the badminton event.

Lee Chong Wei has won the silver medal at each of the last three Olympic Games and was ranked world number one for 199 consecutive weeks.

 

Having won the All England Open and Hong Kong Open in 2017 plus reached the final of several other events, Lee Chong Wei shows no sign of letting up and will believe he can take the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Rugby Sevens

 

Rugby Sevens is an explosive sport, and there is perhaps no better exponent of the game than Jerry Tuwai.

He captained the Fiji Sevens team to the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and has enjoyed tremendous success playing for his country. Tuwai was named the player of the tournament at the 2014 World Cup Sevens and player of the final at both the Dubai and USA Sevens in 2015.

Tuwai has come a long way from the Fiji shanty town in which he grew up and has overcome much adversity to become a fantastic playmaker for his country. To see Tuwai win gold for Fiji at the 2018 Commonwealth Games would be a tremendous sporting moment.

 

Swimming

 

Kyle Chalmers (image courtesy of Nine sports)

 

Home fans at the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be looking forward to cheering on their swimmers at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. One man will be looking to entertain the home fans, and his name is Kyle Chalmers.

The young Australian freestyle swimmer claimed gold in the 100 metres at the 2016 Olympic games in spectacular fashion and will be aiming to add a Commonwealth gold to his collection.

Another young swimmer to watch on the Gold Coast is Penny Oleksiak. The Canadian won the women’s 100 metres freestyle at Rio 2016 but perhaps the most remarkable thing about her attempt to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games is her age. She will be only 17 years of age.

 

Triathlon

 

The Brownlee brothers, Alistair helping his brother across the finish line. (image courtesy of BBC Sports)

 

 

The Triathlon is an extremely tough event where competitors must combine the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.

The Gold Coast will provide a spectacular backdrop to this event, and the race will start and finish at Southport Broadwater Parkland.

All eyes will be on two men, and the Brownlee brothers are going to be very tough to beat. Alistair Brownlee is the only triathlete to have won two Olympic gold medals, while his brother Jonny won silver in Rio and came second in the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Both British athletes are sure to deliver a great show of skill and endurance on the Gold Coast at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.