23 Jul 2014

Commonwealth Games 2014: what to watch

From Usain Bolt to Bradley Wiggins, it feels like London 2012 all over again. This time though, we’re in Glasgow. Here is your Channel 4 News day-to-day guide to the Commonwealth Games.

Wednesday 23 July

The opening ceremony starts at 20:14 at Celtic Park and features 3,000 cast members and 4,5000 athletes from the 71 competing nations.

The Queen, as head of the Commonwealth, will attend the ceremony with the Duke of Edinburgh to formally open the 2014 sporting spectacle. Singers Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and Amy Macdonald are among those performing in front of a live audience of 40,000 spectators.

Sir Bradley Wiggins (Getty)

Thursday 24 July

England’s Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny start as hot favourites in the men’s triathlon, the first medals on offer at Glasgow 2014, while Sir Bradley Wiggins makes his sole appearance in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the men’s team pursuit and Scotland’s swimming gold medal hot favourite Michael Jamieson goes in the men’s 200m breaststroke.

Friday 25 July

England’s world champion Joanna Rowsell is expected to pip Scotland’s Katie Archibald to the post in track cycling, the women’s individual pursuit. Seventeen-year-old skeet shooter Amber Hill also goes for gold for England in the shooting.

Saturday 26 July

It will be a big day for weightlifting with England’s Zoe Smith going head to head with Wales’ double Commonwealth gold medallist Michaela Breeze in the women’s -58kg category. Scotland’s opening ceremony flag bearer Euan Burton is in the men’s -100kg judo and his wife, England’s Gemma Gibbons, is also in action in the women’s -78kg.

Mo Farah (Reuters)

Sunday 27 July

England’s Mo Farah, a double Olympic champion at London 2012, has not confirmed which events he will compete in but is likely to kick off his Commonwealth campaign with the 5000 metres. Northern Ireland’s big cycling hope is world champion Martyn Irvine, who goes in the Scratch Race.

Monday 28 July

Women’s boxing makes its debut with England’s Nicola Adams bidding to add to her Olympic gold. England’s reigning world squash champions Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro are expected to figure in their respective finals.

Tuesday 29 July

The team gymnastics finals could throw up an intriguing duel between Louis Smith‘s England and a Scotland team inspired by Daniel Keatings.

Wednesday 30 July

Nicola Adams could be back in action in the women’s flyweight boxing quarter-finals, while Scotland and England clash in the women’s hockey preliminaries.

Thursday 31 July

Olympic Great Britain gymastics team Louis Smith, Max Whitlock and Daniel Keatings go head-to-head in the individual apparatus finals. David Weir goes in the men’s T54 1500m and Scotland’s Eilidh Child could provide the host nation with a memorable moment in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Friday 1 August

Mo Farah could be back on the Hampden Park track bidding for more glory in the men’s 10,000 metres.

Usain Bolt (Reuters)

Saturday 2 August

Tom Daley goes in his signature men’s 10m platform event while the final night of athletics sees Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt grace the Games in the men’s 4x100m relay.

Sunday 3 August

With no Sir Bradley Wiggins nor Mark Cavendish, the men’s cycling road race could be a straight shoot-out between Scot David Millar and Welshman Geraint Thomas.

Below: Channel 4 News North of England Correspondent Ciaran Jenkins reports from Glasgow – but not everyone has got the sporting bug yet.