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Some of the United Kingdom’s most renowned athletes have set their sights on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), with just months before competition begins.
Reigning triathlon Commonwealth champion Alistair Brownlee will be looking to defend his title for England, with his brother joining him on the starting line.
Alistair and Jonny are some of the most talented triathletes in the UK and claimed gold and silver respectively at the Rio Olympics.
Currently recovering from hip surgery, Alistair is excited to return to the Commonwealth stage and defend his title.
“It’s a great honour to be representing Team England,” he said.
“I’ve had the chance to compete at the Commonwealth Games once before and it’s a big deal for a niche sport like triathlon to compete in a global sporting competition like this.
“I am looking forward to getting out there on the starting line.”
Team England has announced a 75-strong athletics team, headlined by long jump champion Greg Rutherford, sprint superstar Dina Asher-Smith and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
Johnson-Thompson is also the British high jump record holder and will make her Commonwealth Games debut after missing Glasgow due to an injury.
21-year-old Asher-Smith will be an athlete to watch in the sprint events, following a successful world championships campaign that saw her place fourth in the 200m and win silver with Great Britain’s 4x100m relay squad.
The English are heavy favourites to secure a podium finish in the relay events, following their 2017 world championships medal haul where they claimed a medal in each event, men’s and women’s, including a gold in the 4x100m men’s relay.
In the pool, Adam Peaty has been selected and will defend his 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay titles in the hope of securing a third Commonwealth crown.
English gymnast Max Whitlock will be looking to defend his all-around, floor and team gold, having also claimed silver in the men’s floor final and bronze in the parallel bars.
Great Britain’s gold medal success in women’s hockey at the Rio Olympics has set the stage for fierce rivalries at GC2018.
One of Great Britain and England’s best ever players, Helen Richardson-Walsh, believes the team’s Rio victory will give players a boost come April.
“It will give the English and other GB girls such confidence in the Gold Coast,” she said.
“Moving towards the Gold Coast, the girls will have that little bit extra mentally now, when it comes to playing Australia and New Zealand.”
Over 600 competitors and staff are expected to travel to Australia in what will be the largest team to represent the nation in an overseas event.
Scotland will be looking to match their Glasgow home Games success, with a number of previous Commonwealth Games medallists confirmed to defend their titles on the Gold Coast.
400m individual medley swimmer and two-time gold medallist, Hannah Miley, will be aiming for a third consecutive title in the pool.
Fellow swimmers Ross Murdoch and Dan Wallace will also take to the pool as reigning champions and rising star Kathleen Dawson, 20, has shown rapid improvements over the last 12 months, shaping the GC2018 competition to be an exciting event for Scottish swimmers.
Four triathletes have been named in Team Scotland’s triathlon team, including Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon, who both competed in Glasgow.
Austin and Sheldon will be joined by decorated para triathlete Karen Darke and former 10,000m Olympic runner Beth Potter, who turned her focus to triathlon this year.
Team Wales left Glasgow with five gold medals in 2014 and is likely to bring a team of strong contenders to the Gold Coast.
The Wales men’s and women’s hockey teams have earned qualification for GC2018, with the recent draw announcement confirming the men will meet England, Malaysia, India and Pakistan in the preliminary rounds and the women’s team playing England, South Africa, India and Malaysia.
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