Commonwealth Games 2022: five British stars to watch

A host of domestic stars will shine when the Commonwealth Games get underway on July 28th.

Athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will compete in more than 20 sports at venues across Birmingham and the surrounding area.

Here we pick five names to watch out for.

Adam Peaty

Peaty’s build was less than ideal thanks to a broken foot that ruled him out of the World Cup. The breaststroke superstar will be looking to win the 100m for a third straight year, while he had to settle for silver in the 50m behind Cameron Van Der Burgh in both 2014 and 2018.

Dina Asher Smith

Dina Asher-Smith will face stiff competition in Birmingham (David Davies/PA)

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Asher-Smith is another of the biggest names in British sport set to compete in Birmingham. An injury destroyed the 26-year-old’s Olympic campaign in Tokyo and she will have to cut out her work in the 100m. Asher-Smith skips her favorite 200m but will also compete in the 4x100m relay.

Rhys McClenaghan

Gymnast McClenaghan won Northern Ireland’s only gold medal on the Gold Coast on the pommel horse four years ago, beating Max Whitlock in the process. Whitlock is absent this time and McClenaghan also appeared to miss the suspension for representing Ireland, but that has now been overturned.

Rosie Eccles

Rosie Eccles will represent Wales in the ring (Ben Birchall/PA)

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Chepstow fighter Eccles took silver in the 69kg category behind England’s Sandy Ryan four years ago and is back for another try. The 25-year-old feared for her career with nerve damage and missed out on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics but has high hopes for Birmingham.

Alex Yee

Alex Yee led Britain to gold in Tokyo mixed relay (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Yee announced himself as the successor to Alistair Brownlee by winning silver in the individual triathlon in Tokyo and gold in the mixed team relay. England will again have high hopes in the latter, while Yee is likely to fight for gold with New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde in the singles. Commonwealth Games 2022: five British stars to watch

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