Redemption beckons for local gymnast Alice Kinsella and swimming superstar Adam Peaty as they headline the Commonwealth Games action on a titanic Tuesday at Birmingham 2022.
Kinsella was left in tears after the all-around final on Sunday, plummeting out of medal contention to finish fourth after a heart-breaking fall on the beam cost her a potential gold medal.
But the 21-year-old from Sutton Coldfield will hope to put that disappointment behind her as she attempts to defend the Commonwealth Games title, she won on the beam in 2018.
In the pool, three-time Commonwealth champion Peaty goes in the 50m breaststroke final as he attempts to bounce back from his “devastating” fourth place in his favoured sprint event.
The triple Olympic champion had not lost a senior race over the 100m breaststroke before he was beaten by teammate James Wilby on Sunday and the two heavyweights will once again go head-to-head for gold medal glory on the penultimate night of swimming.
This summer, Team England, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, comprises of over 400 athletes, all vying for medal success.
But as the swimming draws to a thrilling conclusion, Tuesday also sees the start of the athletics and Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s defence of her Commonwealth heptathlon crown.
There are medals up for grabs in the women’s pole vault, where Holly Bradshaw has recovered from injury to compete, and the T33/34 100m final as Hannah Cockroft and Kare Adenegan renew their friendly rivalry for the first time on the Commonwealth stage.
Scotland’s Laura Muir also takes to the track for the first time in the 800m heats, having skipped the Gold Coast four years ago, with Keely Hodgkinson flying the flag for England.
Elsewhere, England’s cricketers return to action with a group stage game against South Africa in the women’s T20 while the hockey team will bid to extend their perfect start against India.
England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland all have medal opportunities in the lawn bowls men’s pairs event while Team England can still win badminton bronze in the mixed team.
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