Commonwealth Games: When to watch the Kiwis in action

Triathlete Hayden Wilde wins a world series race in Hamburg earlier this month. PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES
Triathlete Hayden Wilde wins a world series race in Hamburg earlier this month. PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES
Too many Kiwis, not enough time. So let’s boil it down to the New Zealanders you simply MUST watch in Birmingham. Set your alarms and follow this guide from Hayden Meikle.
 

Today, 6am

Opening ceremony

Get up! Or catch the replay later. Often cheesy, always too long and regularly far too concerned with what uniforms the athletes are wearing. But the good thing about these opening ceremonies is that you never really know what to expect. And remember England did an amazing job the last time — London 2012 — it hosted an event like this. Most people now associate Birmingham with Peaky Blinders, and the ceremony has literally been organised by the creator of the show.

Tonight, 10pm

Men’s triathlon

The women’s race, featuring legendary Bermudan champion Flora Duffy, follows at 1am. But the best Kiwi hope for gold is in the men’s, where Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Hayden Wilde is among the favourites. Expect him to jostle with English hero Alex Yee near the front.

Tomorrow, 3.41am-5.03am

Track cycling team finals

Well, I did warn you to set your alarms. New Zealand cyclists won over a third of the country’s 46 medals on the Gold Coast four years ago, and we should be in line for plenty of success on the track.

Sunday, 3.22am-5.17am

Track cycling individual finals

Aaron Gate, Ellesse Andrews, Bryony Botha, the great Sam Webster — medals incoming.

Sunday, 6.43am, 7.49am and 8.05am

Swimming finals

Lewis Clareburt (200m freestyle and 400 IM) and Andrew Jeffcoat (100m backstroke) are the big Kiwi hopes.

Monday, 2.53am-5.42am

Track cycling individual finals

Yes, more of them. There are a lot of cycling events, OK.

Monday, 6.35am

Para swimming finals

Sophie Pascoe is the reigning queen but look for Tupou Neiufi to take her own chance to shine.

Expect the Black Ferns Sevens to provide plenty of entertainment in Birmingham.
Expect the Black Ferns Sevens to provide plenty of entertainment in Birmingham.
Monday, 8.38am

Women’s sevens final

What a great time for what should be the feature rugby game in Birmingham. All going well, the magnificent Black Ferns Sevens will be in it. The men’s final follows at 9.04am.

Tuesday, from 6.33am

3x3 basketball semifinals

Good fun, and the Kiwis are in the medal hunt.

Tuesday, from 7.30pm

Bowls

There is action on the greens most days, but this could be the evening we see the New Zealand men’s pairs and women’s fours challenge for gold.

Wednesday, 10.30pm

Mountain biking

Sam Gaze and Anton Cooper finished 1-2 four years ago. What chance a repeat?

Thursday, 5am and 6am

Squash singles finals

Paul Coll is a warm favourite for gold — having won silver in 2018 — in the men’s tournament, and Joelle King is a strong chance of a medal in the women’s.

Thursday, 5am

Men’s 109kg-plus weightlifting

David Liti. Who doesn’t love David Liti?

Thursday, 6am

Men’s high jump

Hamish Kerr was a surprise package at the Olympics but is among the favourites in Birmingham.

Thursday, 6.35am

Women’s 100m

Run, Zoe Hobbs. Run like the wind.

Thursday, 7.05am

Women’s shot put

Capping off what could be a great morning, sit back with your fourth cuppa and watch Valerie Ad ... sorry, old habits ... watch the very cool Maddi Wesche give it a hurl.

August 6, 6.06am

Men’s shot put

Then tune in two days later for the big boys. Tom Walsh v Jacko Gill v the rest. Anything could happen.

August 7, 3.30am

Men’s bowls singles

The New Zealand bowls team won a single medal in 2018. Shannon McIlroy has the talent to deliver in Birmingham.

Julia Ratcliffe is defending her hammer crown.
Julia Ratcliffe is defending her hammer crown.
August 7, 6am

Women’s hammer throw

Julia Ratcliffe seeks to win back-to-back golds.

August 7, 7pm and 11.30pm

Cycling road race

The women first then the men, and New Zealand has plenty of medal hopes.

Hugo Inglis is one of three Otago players in the Black Sticks men.
Hugo Inglis is one of three Otago players in the Black Sticks men.
August 8, 2am

Women’s hockey final

Can the Black Sticks strike gold again? The men’s final is at 11pm.

August 8, 4am

Cricket final

The White Ferns — it is women’s cricket only in Birmingham — will hopefully put a poor 50-over World Cup behind them and do well in the T20 format.

August 8, 6am

Squash mixed doubles final

Coll and King will be eager to do better than the bronze they won on the Gold Coast.

August 8, 7.30am

Netball final

Another great time for what should be another classic. The Silver Ferns were awful on an epic scale at the 2018 Games, but there will be disappointment if they do not at least make the final this year.

August 9, 7.15am

Closing ceremony

Just a chance for the athletes to cut loose and walk around taking selfies, really.

 - Sky Sport and Prime have round-the-clock coverage of the Commonwealth Games. Head to odt.co.nz for the latest updates, and pick up the ODT each day for all the news, views, results and daily schedule from Birmingham.

hayden.meikle@odt.co.nz

 

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