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Gymnasts win Wales' first Commonwealth Games medal

Frankie Jones
Frankie Jones was selected as the Team Wales flag bearer for the games in Glasgow. Credit: PA

Rhythmic gymnasts Francesca Jones, Laura Halford and Nikara Jenkins have made history by winning Wales' first ever Commonwealth Games team medal as they claimed silver in Glasgow.

The trio finished behind favourites Canada thanks to an all-round consistent performance, with Jones especially impressive on the way to a second-placed finish in the qualifications for the individual all-around.

Welsh swimmers makes tonight's games final

Two member's of Wales swimming squad have made the finals in the freestyle events.

Dan Jervis
Dan Jervis achieved a personal best in his heat. Credit:

Jazz Carlin made the 200m freestyle final at 7.30pm tonight by coming second in her heat. while Daniel Jervis won his 400m freestyle in a personal best.

Meanwhile another Wales swimming squad member, Jemma Lowe has made a behind the scenes video of the squad's preparations, saying she hoped it would help everyone relax a little.


They're off! Stadium sees red as Team Wales enter

The Wales team entered the stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow last night.

Wales Team
The team have set themselves a target of 27 medals at Glasgow. Credit: PA

With 17 sports taking place across 11 days of competition, a team of 231 Welsh athletes will compete across all sports on the programme, from table tennis to cycling and lawn bowls to wrestling.

Wales Team
The competition runs until 3rd August. Credit: PA

Events get underway this morning, with Welsh interest in Swimming and Rhythmic Gymnastics under the spotlight.

Wales Team
The team is captained by Paralympic gold medallist Aled Davies. Credit: PA

Athletes in action for start of Games

The Commonwealth Games gets underway this morning, with Welsh interest in Swimming and Rhythmic Gymnastics under the spotlight.

Jazz Carlin
Jazz Carlin won a silver and a bronze in Delhi. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Swimmer Jazz Carlin, who won two medals in Delhi four years ago, will be looking to add to her tally today - she competes in the 200m Freestyle competition with the final later this evening. 100m Butterfly swimmer Jemma Lowe will also be looking to progress to the semi-finals of that event.

Meanwhile, Team Wales flag bearer Frankie Jones, alongside Laura Halford and Nikara Jenkins, are in Rhythmic Gymnastic action. Jones won silver in Delhi, securing the medal following an impressive routine in the hoop final.

Frankie Jones
Frankie Jones was selected as Team Wales flag bearer for Glasgow Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Elsewhere, Rhiannon Henry will be competing in the Tandem B Para-Cycling with her pilot Fiona Duncan. Rhiannon began her sporting career as a paralympic swimmer and only recently swapped the pool for a bike. It's the first time the event has been included in the games.

Welsh athlete chosen for Glasgow whilst taking GCSEs

Hannah Brier
Hannah found out that she had been chosen for Team Wales during her GCSEs. Credit: PA

Wales' youngest athlete at the Commonwealth Games, sprinter Hannah Brier, has been juggling preparing for Glasgow with taking her GCSE exams.

Hannah will be running in the 4x100m at the event later this month. She says she learned of her selection for Team Wales on the morning of her history exam and told ITV news that her whole school have been supportive.


Couple on opposite sides at Commonwealth Games

by Nick Hartley

Veteran Team Wales shooter Dave Phelps will be going head-to-head with his fiancee Sheree, who is representing England when the Commonwealth Games.

Their rivalry has not stopped them helping one another out in training - while they are also getting ready for their wedding, just three weeks after the Glasgow Games.

Read More: Sporting couple prepare for Glasgow - and their wedding

Welsh Athletics: 'We strongly support clean sport'

Welsh Athletics has released a statement following the suspension of 800m runner Gareth Warburton on anti-doping charges.

It says it "strongly supports clean sport and has established a comprehensive education programme for its athletes."

Welsh Athletics can confirm the provisional suspension of athlete Gareth Warburton after being charged with committing anti-doping rule violations under UK Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (presence of prohibited substances).

Gareth has the opportunity to respond to the charges against him, and to have those charges determined at a full hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel.

Welsh Athletics strongly supports clean sport and has established a comprehensive education programme for its athletes.

Welsh Athletics will not be making any further comment.

– Welsh Athletics statement

Welsh runner Gareth Warburton charged with doping

Welsh 800 metre runner Gareth Warburton has been provisionally suspended from all competition after being charged with an anti-doping offence.

The 32-year-old from Caernarfon had been due to compete at his third Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this month before being informed of his suspension.

Gareth Warburton
Gareth Warburton (right) in the 2012 European Championships. Credit: PA

Warburton holds two medals from the European Indoor Championships and was also part of the Great Britain team at London 2012, where he failed to qualify from his first round heat.

In a statement released by his management Gareth said:

The news of this anti-doping rule violation has come as a great shock to me. From the outset, I would like to state that I have not knowingly taken any banned substance.

As a professional athlete, I have always supported and have been an advocate of clean sport. Nothing has changed in this regard.

However, I recognise that the responsibility for this situation lies with me and I’m committed to working with UK Anti-Doping and will fully cooperate in the legal process.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish the best to all my team mates heading to the Commonwealth Games and apologise that I won’t be able to join them as part of Team Wales.

– Gareth Warburton
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