Hammersmith-born swimmer Amelia Maughan can crown her first day in senior national competition with a medal tonight.
The teenager in her first Commonwealth Games anchored England’s 4x100m freestyle relay squad to the second fastest time in this morning’s semi-finals, making them the likely chasers of favourites Australia in the last event at Tollcross this evening just after 9pm.
Maughan and her three team-mates Lauren Quigley, Jess Lloyd and Becki Turner clocked 3:40.88 with Maughan, having gone out hard on the first 50 producing a split of 55.51.
Meanwhile, Isleworth’s Alys Thomas, representing Wales, will be in semi-final action after clocking the eighth fastest time of 59.01 in the heats of the 100m butterfly.
In the Velodrome, Sir Bradley Wiggins will attempt to inspire England to victory in the 4000m pursuit this evening, though they will have to find more than a second to get the better of favourites Australia who set the fastest time in qualifying.
Elsewhere on day one, North Greenford United U18s assistant manager John McGuinness was one of the first competitors in action at the lawn bowls in Kelvingrove where he and his teammates in England’s triples team made short work of the Falkland Islands, building a 10-0 lead in three ends en route to a crushing 31-8 victory.
Their second game of the day is currently in the balance with McGuinness and co 12-9 ahead of Malaysia with four ends to play.
Bayswater’s Tin-Tin Ho was also a winner, partnering Kelly Sibley to a straight games victory over Ghanaian pairing Mareen Adom Amankwaa and Celia Baah-Danso to complete a 3-0 win for England.
Their second match of the day against Trinidad & Tobago is still in progress.
Finally, there was a promising start too for Hounslow’s Rajiv Ouseph as he helped England to a 5-0 win over Northern Ireland to get their mixed team event campaign off to the perfect start.
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