Commonwealth Games - Ten to watch on the Gold Coast
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Commonwealth Games - Ten to watch on the Gold Coast

28 March 2018 / 18:29

Just a week remains until the Commonwealth's best athletes gather on Australia's Gold Coast to contest the XXI Commonwealth Games.

With the opening ceremony taking place on Wednesday and the action getting under way the following day, we’re giving you a rundown of our ten names to look out for in Australia.

Chris and Gabby Adcock

World bronze medallists, European champions, current world number ten mixed doubles pairing and defending Commonwealth Games champions – Chris and Gabby Adcock have quite a badminton CV behind them.

Chris has the full set of Commonwealth Games medals to his name with mixed doubles gold and mixed team silver from Glasgow 2014 adding to his bronze from the same event at Delhi 2010.

Gabby can boast the same medals, with a women’s doubles bronze from four years ago also in her collection – and after a run to the quarter-finals of the recent All England Open, they head to the Gold Coast full of confidence.

Katie Archibald

A bronze medal on home boards in Glasgow was an indicator of the potential Katie Archibald had just a year after making her international debut.

Four years on and she has ten European gold medals, an Olympic title and three rainbow jerseys to her name – the Scot is likely to compete on both the track and road in Australia and you can’t count her out on any surface.

Elinor Barker

Much like her British colleague Archibald, Wales’ Elinor Barker laid down a marker at Glasgow 2014 with medals in both the points and scratch races.

Also with an Olympic and three world titles to her name, Barker will not be the only one competing in multiple events on the Gold Coast and maybe her best chance could come in a particularly strong looking Welsh team pursuit quartet.

Alistair Brownlee

There isn’t much this 29-year-old Yorkshireman hasn’t done in his triathlon career and he can count Commonwealth Games history maker among his extensive list of achievements.

Brownlee, along with brother Jonathan, Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland, were the winners of the first ever Commonwealth Games mixed relay gold medal – which added to his individual gold he’d already won in Glasgow. Not many would back against him adding another title to his haul.

Tom Daley

Eight years ago, at Delhi 2010, a fresh-faced Tom Daley won double Commonwealth Games gold at the age of just 16.

He was already a world champion, though, and used to the pressure of competing on the global stage, meaning it is little surprise he returns to the Commonwealth Games again as a world champion, and with two Olympic bronze medals also adorning his trophy cabinet.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

World Youth and Junior champion, Katarina Johnson-Thompson won her first senior global title earlier this year as she struck pentathlon gold at the World Indoor Championships.

The Liverpudlian missed Glasgow 2014 because of a foot injury so will be making her Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast and could not wish to be in any better form to do so.

Adam Peaty

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The man who sets world records for fun and has a trophy cabinet to prove it. Adam Peaty holds the ten fastest times ever set over 100m breaststroke.

He will be racing the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke in Australia, as well as the 4x100m medley relay, so could conceivably add four gold medals to the two he already possesses.

Duncan Scott

The freestyle specialist has already amassed an impressive collection of medals on the international stage for someone so young – Duncan Scott is just 20.

With a pair of Olympic silvers, two world titles and a hat-trick of European Games golds already around his neck, Scott will be desperate to add a Commonwealth gold to the solitary silver he won as a teenager in Glasgow.

Non Stanford

World Champion back in 2013, Wales’ Non Stanford has been a consistent performer on the global stage for many a year.

And with a second place at the season opening Cape Town Triathlon World Cup in February already under her belt, Stanford could be among the medals when it comes to the crunch on the Gold Coast.

Max Whitlock

One of the standout achievers from Rio 2016, double Olympic champion Max Whitlock has a roll of honour the envy of almost any gymnast in the world.

The 25-year-old won five medals at Glasgow 2014, three of which were gold, to leave him with eight in total. And who would be against him adding to that on his third Commonwealth Games appearance?

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