The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games are now officially underway following the Opening Ceremony in Nassau on Wednesday evening (local time), where emerging track star Riley Day led the team into Nassau’s Thomas Robinson Stadium. (Yes, there were events staged yesterday pre opening ceremony – including beach volleyball pool matches and the entire judo program – but this is now officially day 1).
Here’s what you missed on an action packed day in the Bahamas, while you were sleeping.
There are two events on the cycling program for the Bahamas CYG; time trial and road race.
First up, it was the time trial and it was immediate success for Australia with Madeleine Fasnacht blitzing the field to claim gold.
The 17-year old Tasmanian completed the near 10 kilometre long course in 13minutes 12 seconds, some 30 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
Teammate Emily Mascaro rode strongly in the hot and humid conditions but it was Fasnacht who stole the show.
In the men’s time trial, just eight seconds separated Seb Berwick and Mitchell Wright, but in a sign of the competiveness of the competition, that was enough to separate the two by five finishing places.
Berwick’s 12 minute 21 second ride earned him a silver medal, behind riders from Bermuda and Scotland.
The men’s and women’s road races will be held on Sunday (local time), and hopes are high for another strong performance from Australia’s cyclists.
Day one of the swimming program kicked off with four Australian swimmers qualifying for finals later in the day and a number of personal bests.
The finals schedule is as follows:
Meg Harris – 50m butterfly
Daniel Jacobsen – 200m freestyle
Heath MacLeod – 200m breastroke
Max Osborne – 1500m freestyle
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Australia’s men’s and women’s beach volleyball team’s continued their strong runs with convincing victories over the host nation, The Bahamas.
Bec Ingram and Carrie Van Rensburg won 2-0 (21-8, 21-15) as did their teammates James Takken and Mark Nicolaidis (21-9, 21-6).
Both teams remain undefeated through two days of competition.
Australia’s women’s Rugby 7s campaign is off to a blistering start with the team scoring an extraordinary total of 163 points in their opening matches against Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji.
The team conceded just five points across their three opening matches.
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Boxing is underway but it has been a tough start for many of the Australian boxers.
Mark Borg led the way early, overcoming his Engligh opponent in the 64kg division.
Callum Admas (75kg) and Benjamin Cameron-Hands (46-49kg) were both defeated in their opening round bouts.