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Commonwealth Games TV guide: print this out

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Note: Times are eastern Australian time. For reasons of space, this guide does not contain every event. It is designed to steer Australian viewers in the direction of the most popular/significant events, and is necessarily subjective. For the full program, go to the official Games website.

Thursday July 24

Anna Meares. Photo: Getty
Anna Meares. Photo: Getty


8 pm: Women’s final

Emmas Jackson and Moffatt will be chasing Australia’s first medals.

Midnight: Men’s final

Friday July 25


1.42 am – 3.03 am: Five gold medals, including:

1.42 am: Women’s 500 m time trial

Anna Meares is just about the greatest story in Australian sport. She is the world record holder in this gut busting event, but faces stiff competition from compatriot Stephanie Morton.

2.36 am: Men’s 4000 m team pursuit

There is a fierce rivalry between Australia, England and New Zealand in this event.

Rhythmic gymnastics

3.00 am: Team final

10.30 pm: Individual all-around final

Cate Campbell. Photo: Getty
Cate Campbell. Photo: Getty


4.07 am – 6.08 am: Six gold medals, including:

4.07 am: Women’s 400 m individual medley

The Australian gold rush in the pool is likely to start with the first final, so get used to the giggly poolside interviews from the start.

6.08 am: Women’s 100 m freestyle relay

The women flew the flag during the London 2012 debacle and should win here.

Saturday July 26


1.11 am – 2.53 am: Five gold medals, including:

1.55 am: Women’s individual pursuit

2.38 am: Men’s individual pursuit

England’s Sir Bradley Wiggins could be up against Australia’s Jack Borbridge.


4.07 am – 6.25 am: Eight gold medals, including:

4.27 am: Men’s 200 m freestyle

Mo Farah. Photo: Getty
Mo Farah. Photo: Getty

Emerging Australian star Cameron McEvoy will begin his individual campaign.

6.09 am: Women’s 100 m butterfly

Australia has strong contenders Alicia Coutts and Madeline Groves.

6.25 am: Men’s 4 x 100 m freestyle relay

The last time you saw (some of) these blokes, they were lined up like naughty schoolboys at a press conference confessing to the curious crime of engaging in a “Stilnox bonding session”. Time to make amends.

Rhythmic gymnastics

6.30 pm – 8.45 pm: Individual finals

Sunday July 27


1.21 am – 3.26 am: Five gold medals on the track.


4.07 am – 6.06 am: Seven gold medals, including:

4.13 am: Women’s 50 m freestyle

Enter Cate Campbell.

Melissa Breen. Photo: Getty
Melissa Breen. Photo: Getty

6.06 am: Women’s 200 m freestyle relay final

Another women’s relay, another gold?


6.02 pm: Men’s marathon

6.30 pm: Women’s marathon

Monday July 28


1.03 am – 3.56 am: Five gold medals, including:

1.03 am, 1.58 am & 3.01 am: Women’s sprint final

The enthralling cat-and-mouse event with Meares in the saddle.


2.40am: Men’s 5000 m

A chance to see the hero of London 2012, Mo Farah. He has threatened to do a Scottish dance on the podium if he wins. Stop press: Farah has withdrawn.


4.07 am – 6.20 am: Seven medals, including:

James Magnussen. Photo: Getty
James Magnussen. Photo: Getty

4.14 am: Men’s 100 m freestyle

Magnussen v McEvoy. McEvoy knocked Magnussen off at the national titles; Magnussen is swimmng for redemption.

5.09 am: Women’s 200 m individual medley

Alicia Coutts is on the way back from injury, but will be hard to beat.

6.04 am: Women’s 50 m butterfly

Hopefully Coutts gets her breath back for this race.

Rugby Sevens

6.37 am. Final

New Zealand has won this event in all four Games in which it has been contested.

Tuesday July 29


4.05 am – 6.50 am: Six gold medals, including:

6.35 am: Women’s 100 m final

Melissa Breen is the fast Australian woman over the flat – ever – after breaking Melinda Gainsford-Taylor’s 20-year-old record, although that does not even guarantee a place in the final in this company. Pearson says she is unlikely to run the flat.

6.50 am: Men’s 100 m final

No Bolt or Blake, but the Jamaicans still have a strong team.

Alicia Coutts. Photo: Getty
Alicia Coutts. Photo: Getty


4.07 am – 6.20 am: Eight gold medals, including:

5.32 am: Women’s 200 m butterfly

London-born Ellen Gandy competed for Britain at London 2012, but is now swimming for Australia in this event.

6.14 am: Women’s 100 m freestyle

Australia’s Cate Campbell is the standout here.


8.31 pm: Women’s cross-country mountain bike

11.50 pm: Men’s cross-country mountain bike

Wednesday July 30


2.30am: Men’s teams final

2.50 am: Women’s teams final

10.00 pm: Men’s all-around final

Cameron McEvoy. Photo: Getty
Cameron McEvoy. Photo: Getty


3.40 am – 6.50 am: Seven gold medals, including women’s 10,000 m (4.07 am), 400 m (5.30 am) and 1500 m (6.50 am), and men’s 110 m hurdles (5.45 am)


4.07 am – 6.12 am: Eight gold medals, including:

4.16 am: Men’s 50 m freestyle

Magnussen and McEvoy get to thrash about again.

5.23 am: Swimming. Men’s 1500 m

Australia is looking for its next star in this event, and the baton has passed to 18-year-old Mack Horton. But he will be up against the better credentialled Canadian Ryan Cochrane, who won silver at London 2012, and England’s Daniel Fogg.

6.02 am: Women’s 4 x 100 m medley relay

These women should be familiar faces by now.


8.50 pm: Women’s synchronised 10 m platform

Australia’s Melissa Wu will look to defend her title with new partner Rachel Bugg.

Thursday July 31

Kim Mickle. Photo: Getty
Kim Mickle. Photo: Getty


3.40 am – 5.40 am: Seven gold medals, including:

5.15 am: Women’s javelin

Australian Kim Mickle is capable of great things, as demonstrated by her second in last year’s world championships and silver in Delhi.


4.36 am: Women’s 3 m synchronised springboard

Maddison Keeney competes with fellow Australian Anabelle Smith.


7.01 pm: Women’s individual time trial

9.31 pm: Men’s individual time trial

Friday August 1


3 am – 6.10 am: Nine gold medals, including:

4.35 am: Men’s 1500 m wheelchair T54

Kurt Fearnley, possibly Australia’s greatest ever male Paralympian, will start favourite.

4.50 am: Men’s 800 m

Matthew Mitcham. Photo: Getty
Matthew Mitcham. Photo: Getty

Alex Rowe equalled Ralph Doubell’s 46-year-old Australian record in this event recently. The time was enough to give Doubell gold at the Mexico Olympics; for Dobell, it earnt him seventh at a meeting in Monte Carlo. He should make the final, although he won’t win it.

5.45 am: Women’s 200 m

6.10 am: Men’s 200 m


3.05 am: Men’s 3 m springboard

Matthew Mitcham.

8.33 pm: Men’s synchronised 3 m springboard

Matthew Mitcham with Grant Nel.


Midnight – 3.12 am: Individual finals, men’s and women’s

11 pm – 2.12 am: Individual finals, men’s and women’s

Saturday August 2


3.05 – 7.10 am: Seven gold medals, including:

3.15 am: Women’s discus

Dani Samuels became the youngest ever world champion in this event in 2009, although she has not thrown the same distances since.

5.05 am: Men’s 10,000 m

Usain Bolt. Photo: Getty
Usain Bolt. Photo: Getty

Another chance to see Mo Farah. Stop press: No it’s not. He has withdrawn.

7.10 am: Athletics. Women’s 100 m hurdles

Sally Pearson is Australia’s greatest athlete since Cathy Freeman – possibly better. If she was a bloke, she would be a superstar in this country. But her world crown has been usurped and a hamstring injury has hampered her preparation. English rival Tiffany Porter beat her at her last start. But the reigning Olympic and Commonwealth champ will not surrender without a fight.


3.05 am: Women’s 1 m springboard

Australian Maddison Keeney is tipped to make a splash, of sorts.

4.24 am: Men’s synchronised 10 platform

Australians Matthew Mitcham and Dominic Bedggood

Sunday August 3


4 am – 6.15 am: Nine gold medals, including:

4.20: Men’s javelin

Joel Pocklington is leaping for Australia. Watch him perform some amazing feats in this video.

5.50 am: Women’s 100 m relay

The only chance to see the great Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce, who is not running the individual event. Will Pearson run for Australia?

6.15 am: Men’s 100 m relay

Usain Bolt missed the Jamaican trials through injury, so is not running in the individual event. But he will be in the relay. Watch and marvel.

The Kookaburras.
The Kookaburras.


3.05 am: Women’s 3 m springboard

More Maddison Keeney.

4.35 am: Men’s 10 m platform

More Mitcham, although England’s Tom Daley could start favourite.


5.15 am: Women’s final

The Hockeyroos are going for a trifecta of Commonwealth Games victories.


5.01 pm: Women’s road race

9.01 pm: Men’s road race

Mark Renshaw faces the mighty task of backing up after the Tour de France.


9.15 pm: Men’s final

Kookaburras recently won the world title and are defending Commonwealth Games champions.


9.30 pm: Final

The Australia-New Zealand final – are other teams allowed? – is invariably a classic. A fitting finale.

New Zealand claims the netball gold from Australia in Delhi. Photo: Getty
New Zealand claims the netball gold from Australia in Delhi. Photo: Getty