7th April 2018
ATHLETICS PROGRAMME COMMENCES AT THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES TONIGHT
The first of 58 athletics finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place this evening on Currumbin Beachfront as the men’s and women’s 20km Race Walk kicks off the programme.
Starting from 10pm (BST), Team England athletes Tom Bosworth (coach: Andi Drake) and Callum Wilkinson (Andi Drake) will face off against one another on the 1km loop on the beachfront.
They will be followed onto the track at roughly 00:15am by Team England’s Gemma Bridge (Mark Wall), Team Wales’ Bethan Davies (Drake) and Heather Lewis (Martin Bell) and the Isle of Man’s Erika Kelly (Steve Partington).
The action will continue on Sunday morning from 5am with the final of the men’s hammer throw, where there will be a strong home nations representation from England’s Nick Miller (Tore Gustafsson), Taylor Campbell (John Pearson), Scottish duo Mark Dry (Tore Gustafsson), Chris Bennett (Michael Jones), Northern Ireland’s Dempsey McGuigan (John Smith) and Welshman Osian Jones (Carys Parry).
World champion Olivia Breen (Aston Moore) lines up in the T38 long jump final from 6:18am UK time alongside Scotland’s Any Carr (Geoffrey Barraclough) and England’s Molly Kingsbury (Bracknell).
Other events to keep an eye on include the men’s and women’s 100m heats and semi-finals and the men’s 400m heats, which all have home nation interest.
All athletics events taking place at the Gold Coast 2018 Games will run from Saturday, 7 April to Sunday, 15 April, with the track and field events taking place at the Carrara Stadium, which will hold 35,000 spectators throughout the course of the games.
The athletics will end in the early hours of Sunday 15 with the men’s and women’s T54 and elite marathons.
A daily schedule of times, dates and start lists for each event can be found here.
You can also watch the Games live on the BBC.