XX Commonwealth Games opened by Her Majesty the Queen Print E-mail
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commonwealth.jpg - 255.55 KbThe XX Commonwealth Games was official opened by Her Majesty the Queen, on Wednesday July 23, 2014, at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Opening Ceremony wowed athletes, officials and a billion spectators around the world with an awesome display of all things Scottish to mark the official beginning of the XX Commonwealth Games.
As athletes arrived under their nation’s flag, the 40,000 spectators in Celtic park erupted into applause. 71 nations and territories are being represented at Glasgow 2014, with team sizes ranging from just one athlete for Brunei Darussalam to more than 640 for Australia.

The ceremony included outstanding performances from Scotland’s best musical talents and an appeal from UNICEF. Around 2,000 performers helped launch the Games, including Glasgow-born John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar. The opening number showcased what Glasgow and Scotland have to offer, including references to Gretna Green, Tunnocks tea cake and the Duke of Wellington statue. The Loch Ness Monster even made an appearance, as Barrowman serenaded it with “I believe in you.”

The performances also included Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and Nicola Benedetti.

The Commonwealth Games Flag was raised towards the end of the Ceremony. Her Majesty the Queen welcomed all athletes to Scotland in her much-anticipated speech in declaring the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games officially open.

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Belizean athletes not doing well in Glasgow Print E-mail
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The official competition for the XX Commonwealth Games started on Thursday July 24, 2014, with a number of events across the Glasgow. Belize’s first event of the Games was also on Thursday July 24, in the Triathlon Competition. Belize’s lone athlete in the individual competition was Kent “Bob” Gabourel and he was not able to finish the swimming course and thus was out of the competition.

On Sunday July 27, Belize started its quest in the Athletics Competition out at Hampden Park where we participated in the 100m event in both male and female division. In the female division, Kaina Martinez finished 5th out of 7 in her heat, which was the first of six heats and she was clocked at 12.12. Her reaction time to the start was clocked at 0.224 slower than all the runners in her heat. Her time was much slower than her season’s best which is 11.52. As a result she has failed to move onto the nest round of the competition.

Kaina placed 30 out of 46 runners that participated in the female 100m event in Glasgow, Scotland.

In the Men’s 100m competition, Mark Anderson finished 8 out of 8 runners in his heat, which was the 8th of 9 heats, in a time of 11.23. Anderson’s reaction time to the start was clocked at 0.196. This time was also slower then Anderson’s Season’s Best which is 11.14.

Mark Anderson placed 66 out of 72 runners that participated in the 100m Men’s event in Glasgow.

On Tuesday July 29, Brandon Jones competed in the Men’s Long Jump Competition which also took place at Hampden Park. Jones in his three tries, jumped at a distance of 7.09 metres. Like Martinez and Anderson, Brandon Jones also jumped below his Season’s Best which is 7.19.

And rounding off the Track competition, Katy Sealy is currently competing in the Heptathlon with three more events to go.

Moving over to the Scotstun Sports Complex where Table Tennis is taking place, Belize’s Tyrone Tun when down to defeate in both of his games played. In the game against Khethang Mothibi of Lesotho, Tun went down in four sets by the score of 11-7, 11-8, 13-11 and 12-10. In fact, Tun should have won the sets 13-11 and 12-10 but he lost focus in those sets and ended up on the losing end.

In the game played against Paul McCreery of Northern Ireland, McCreery was much more superior and dispatched Tun in four straight sets by the score of 11-1, 11-4, 11-3 and 11-1. This game was played in 11 minutes.


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