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Glasgow 2014: Top medal hopes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games

Many athletes will be facing off against GB teammates in Glasgow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive

There will be a number of familiar faces representing the home nations at this year's Commonwealth Games, with established Team GB stars among the medal hopes for the four nations.

Here is a run down of some of the top prospects for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at Glasgow 2014.


Scotland will be hoping to beat its record haul of 33 medals - achieved the last time the country hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1986.

Despite the retirement of Britain's most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, there are still plenty of reason for optimism as the Games head to Glasgow.

Libby Clegg gained silver in the women's T12 100m in both Beijing and London. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive
  • Dan Purvis

An Olympic bronze medallist with Britain's artistic team two years ago, the gymnast will be looking to go even better in Glasgow.

  • Libby Clegg

A silver medalist in the women's T12 100m at both the Beijing and London Olympics, the 24-year-old blind runner is seeking her first Commonwealth medal. She also won Scottishathletics' 'Para Athlete of the Year' award in 2012 and 2013.

  • Katie Archibald

After winning the world team pursuit title earlier this year, rising star Katie Archibald goes into her first Commonwealth Games as the leading medal hopeful in Scotland's cycling squad.

  • Aileen McGlynn

Joining Archibald in that squad, 41-year-old Aileen McGlynn will compete in the sprint and time trial competitions after winning six medals in the last three Paralympic Games, including three golds.

  • Michael Jamieson

Glasgow-born swimmer Michael Jamieson could well be set for a glorious homecoming. He broke the British record three times on his way to silver in the 200 metre breastroke in London, and was only denied gold by a world record time from Hungarian Daniel Gyurta.


The Welsh are feeling confident ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games, with Sport Wales targeting 27 medals in Glasgow after "unprecedented" success since 2010 in Delhi, where the country achieved 19, including three gold.

Hurdler Dai Greene has been a fitness doubt ahead of the Games. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive
  • Helen Jenkins

Hailing from Bridgend, 30-year-old triathlete Helen Jenkins was actually born in Scotland. Currently placed second in the world's standings, Team Wales will be glad she is representing them.

  • Dai Greene

Having undergone two hernia operations in the close season, hurdler Dai Greene has only just started his 2014 racing campaign and faces a race to be fully fit for Glasgow. If he makes it, he will be out to defend his 400m title from Delhi four years ago.

  • Aled Davies

Team Wales' captain for the Games, Aled Davies is likely to be hot favourite when he competes in the F42 discus in Glasgow, having already won gold in the event at London 2012.

  • Elinor Barker

Aged just 19, Elinor Barker is already targeting gold at Glasgow 2014. Having competed regularly alongside young Olympic gold medalists Laura Trott and Dani King, she may well have gained enough experience to reach the podium.

  • Michaela Breeze

Weightlifter, PE teacher and MBE, Michaela Breeze also has gold medals from the Manchester and Melbourne Commonwealth Games on her impressive CV. Having come out of retirement to break the British record in qualification earlier this year, she'll be looking for the hat-trick in Glasgow aged 35.


England will be boasting perhaps the most recognisable names at this year's games, with a number of medal winners from London 2012 amid their ranks.

Mo Farah will be looking to repeat his twin golds from London 2012. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive
  • Mo Farah

He needs little introduction, but Britain's biggest long-distance star will be expected to repeat his double gold from London 2012 after confirming he would compete in both the 5.000m and 10,000m.

  • Nicola Adams

After winning the first-ever Olympic gold in women's boxing, Leeds' Nicola Adams endeared herself to the nation by saying it "made my day". She will be leading England's charge in the event in Glasgow.

  • Adam Gemili

After narrowly missing out on the 100m final in London, the sprinter offered a glimpse of what many expect to be a bright future, which could be underlined at this summer's Games.

  • David Weir

Another star of London 2012, the 'Weirwolf' will be competing in the 1,500m T54 having recently returned from a year out to finish second in the London marathon.

  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson

After finishing fifth at last year's World Championships, Katarina Johnson-Thompson is expecting this year's Games to provide her "breakthrough".

Her compatriot, 17-year-old heptathlete Morgan Lake, is also hoping to become the youngest individual medal winner in a Commonwealth track and field event.

Northern Ireland

After winning 10 medals in Delhi, Northern Ireland are not expecting to compete at the top end of the medals table this year, but would be happy to better their three golds that year.

David Calvert has four gold and four bronze Commonwealth medals. Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Archive
  • David Calvert

Northern Ireland's most successful Commonwealth athlete has four gold and four bronze to his name already, achieved in both the individual and pairs full-bore shooting.

  • Paddy Barnes

After winning one of his country's three gold medals in Delhi, boxer Paddy Barnes will be aiming to repeat the feat in Glasgow. The light-flyweight narrowly missed out on a tilt at gold in London after losing on countback in the semi-final to eventual winner Zhou Shiming.

  • Sycerika McMahon

Northern Ireland's swimming hopes rest largely on a 19-year-old who has hugely impressed in junior competition in recent years.

  • Zoe Brown

Currently ranked second in the Commonwealth, pole-vaulter Zoe Brown comes into the Games in excellent form and with a good chance of fighting for a medal in Glasgow.

  • Wendy Houvenaghel

Despite having returned to work as a dentist, Delhi silver medalist Wendy Houvenaghel believes she has a chance of being among the medals this year, having been unlucky to miss out on a place in the GB team pursuit events at London 2012.