By Abdul Rahim from gold Coast Australia, April 5, 2018: Five highlights to look out for on day two of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday 6 April.
Cycling track, from 13:00
Katie ARCHIBALD (SCO) is the British and European champion in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit, but silverware in this event has eluded her at Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
She faces tough competition from Australian riders Annette EDMONSON and Amy CURE, but will be eyeing GC2018 as the perfect opportunity to rectify this.
Raising the bar
Weightlifting, from 09:30
Gold Coast local Brandon WAKELING (AUS) is a recent convert to weightlifting. A former semi-professional rugby league hooker for the Tugun Seahawks, he will be spurred on by the home crowd.
His best total of 284kg gives him a chance for a medal in the men’s 69kg (from 14:00), but his progress in the sport has been so rapid there is no knowing what he could lift.
Netball, from 13.00
It may be only the preliminary stage, but the Pool A meeting between South Africa and Jamaica (15:02) has a must-win feel.
The first titanic clash of the netball program, both are targeting the semifinals but the loser of this contest between world No.5 South Africa and Jamaica (No.4) is likely to miss out on a medal.
Boxing, men’s 91kg, from 12:00
Part-time model David NYIKA (NZL) won gold in the 81kg division at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year-old will compete at 91kg this time around and will hope to continue the improvement that has resulted in him reaching the round of 16 at the Doha world championships in 2015 and the quarterfinals at the 2017 world championships in Hamburg.
Badminton, from 09:00
It might not quite be the Ashes, but every sporting clash between Australia and England is eagerly awaited. And the rivalry between the nations will be just as fierce at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre when the pair meet in a potential Group C decider at 7pm. —- GC2018