Adam Peaty starts his Commonwealth title defense on day two of Birmingham 2022

Adam Peaty will star at the Sandwell Aquatics Center on Saturday as he begins his defense of his Commonwealth Games 100m breaststroke title.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the best action to be seen in Birmingham on day two.

Peaty power

All eyes will be on Adam Peaty in the heat and semifinals of the event he’s made his own.

Peaty’s participation in Birmingham had been put in doubt by a broken foot but the 27-year-old declared himself fully fit and determined to defend his title in the first of four events he plans to take part in at the Games.

King Carlin?

Jack Carlin is one of the favorites in men’s keirin (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Saturday could be the day the Scots shine in the velodrome.

Jack Carlin will be among the favorites in the men’s keirin but needs to beat Australia’s two-time defending champion Matthew Glaetzer, while John Archibald aims to build on his 2018 silver in the men’s individual pursuit.

Claudia’s comeback

Claudia Fragapane swept the board in Glasgow in 2014 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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It’s been eight years since Claudia Fragapane burst onto the scene with four gold medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

After a string of injury-related setbacks, the 24-year-old from Bristol will be joined by local hero Alice Kinsella as she seeks to lead England to victory in the women’s team event.

social media moment

image of the day

Fiji clashed with Zambia as Rugby Sevens competition started in Coventry (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Highlights of the first day

Alex Yee won the first gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games (David Davies/PA)

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Alex Yee clinched England’s first gold medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games when he defeated New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde in a dramatic men’s triathlon final at Sutton Park.

Yee was behind his rival as he went into the run, but Wilde had to serve a 10-second penalty, allowing Yee to charge through and contribute to the silver medal he won in Tokyo last year.

Local hero Joe Fraser defied the pain barrier in Birmingham (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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Joe Fraser braved a ruptured appendix and a broken foot to lead England to a successful defense of their men’s gymnastics team title.

Fraser also qualified for four singles finals in a dominant performance in which they beat silver medalist Canada by more than 13 points.

James Hall topped the qualifying score for the all-around, while Jake Jarman, Giarni Regini-Moran and Courtney Tulloch also tied for bottom spots. Adam Peaty starts his Commonwealth title defense on day two of Birmingham 2022

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