Commonwealth Games crowds flock to Alexandra stadium for athletics - The Solihull Observer
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15th Aug, 2022

Commonwealth Games crowds flock to Alexandra stadium for athletics

WITH the Commonwealth Games well underway, crowds flocked to Alexandra Stadium for the first day of the athletics and para athletics on Tuesday (August 2)

The crowd turned up bright and early to watch the opening day, with everyone enjoying the morning sunshine.

The long jump, heptathlon, discus throw, shot put and 100m races were on the morning schedule with 6 medals up for grabs.

Team England Englands Alex Bell and Scotlands Laura Muir completed their 800 metres round to a nearly sold out stadium.

Alex Bell made it through to the third heat but just missed out in competing in the final today (August 6).

But it wasn’t all bad news for team England as Hannah Cockroft won gold in the T33/34 100m ahead of England team-mates Kare Adenegan and Fabienne Andre.

Cockroft, who has seven Paralympic titles to her name, was competing at the Commonwealth Games for the first time and made no mistake as she set a new Games record time of 16.84.

This got the crowd cheering for Team England with some spectators even dressing up as the English flag to show support.

Royalty also turned out to support the games, with the Earl and the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn watching the athletics.

The athletics continues today (August 6).

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