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Martyn Irvine back on track in the Commonwealth Games today

And Chad Le Clos is hoping to butterfly his way to gold. What’s not to like?

Martyn Irvine celebrates gold for Ireland in the 30km points race at the 2013 World Cup.
Martyn Irvine celebrates gold for Ireland in the 30km points race at the 2013 World Cup.
Image: Martin Rickett

2013 SCRATCH RACE World Champion Martyn Irvine will enter the Velodrome for his first competition of the Commonwealth Games today.

Irvine will race in the second heat of the 40km points race from 13.00 in the hope of putting himself in contention for another medal when the final goes to track at 18.26.

Lydia Helene Boylan will also be in competition when the women’s 10km scratch race gets under way at 16.20.

After successes for Michael Conlan and Steven Donnelly yesterday, Northern Ireland’s boxers will be looking to keep spirits riding high today.

Conor Coyle faces Lungile Dyamdeki in the middleweight section at 14.30 before light welterweight Sean Duffy gets in the ring with Dilshan Mohamed  at 18.55.

There’s no doubt as to who the biggest star is in the pool during these games, and although Chad Le Clos was beaten onto the bronze step of the podium during yesterday’s 50m butterfly final, the South African will surely be more comfortable in the longer distance today.

Spain Swimming Worlds Source: Michael Sohn

Le Clos, who won Olympic gold over this 200m distance in 2012, is due on the block at 10.37 for his heat with the final scheduled for just after 19.00.

As for Northern Ireland’s swimmers, Sycerika McMahon is once again first up, racing in the heats of the 200m backstroke at 10.55.

Jordan Sloan will be aiming to add to his impressive haul of personal bests at these Games when he enters the 50m backstroke at 11.10 before Conor Munn, David Thompson and Curtis Coulter take on the hotly-contested heats of the 100m freestyle event from 11.45.

Gemma Kane and Bethany Firth will complete the morning session in the heats of the 50m butterfly from 11.25.

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