Day One - Double medal joy for Wales

Bronze Medal start by Davies

The Gold Coast Athletics programme got underway in spectacular style at Currumbin Beach Front with the 20k Race Walks where there was great support all around the course and plenty of water stops to help the athletes cope with the 28c heat. Wales' Bethan Davies [Andi Drake] secured BRONZE for Wales in a dramatic last few Km. Lying in 4th and walking the fine line between pushing to catch Third placed Alana Barber of New Zealand, and avoiding the risk of Red Cards, Bethan looked to be having to settle for 4th, but up ahead, Aussie Claire Tallent had been on 2 reds since early in the race, and in her push for Gold picked up a third red and disqualification. Bethan of Cardiff AAC kept her cool to stay ahead of India's Khushbir Kaur in fourth, and come in for a well deserved Bronze medal. More from BBC Wales Sport 

Heather Lewis of Pembrokeshire Harriers stuck at it in tough conditions, moving through the field in the latter stages to come in very creditable 7th on a day when all the girls times were affected by the heat.

"I'm so pleased for the race walkers, Bethan and Heather - Bronze and 7th respectively in brutal conditions! Well done to both and the teams behind them! Superb!" said Scott Simpson, Head of Performance

GOLD for Livvy Breen

Olivia up on the big screen

After fouls in rounds 1 and 2, Paralympian Olivia Breen [Aston Moore] showed her experience to pull out a Games record 4m56 in round 3 to move ahead of Aussie rivals Cleaver and Doyle. No one could get close to Livvy's distance, and with the Gold medal in the bag, she pulled out a fantastic last round leap of 4m86 for a PB and Games Record! There were her trademark big smiles and some big hugs for coach Aston Moore and her parents as she celebrated another big games medal. More from BBC Wales Sport

Seventh for Osian Jones

Next up was Osian Jones in the Hammer, the first field event in the Carrara Stadium, and a narrow cage meant some nervous throws for many in the early rounds. Osian got off to a good start, throwing 69.44m in the first round, he backed this up with 70.14m in round 2, only his second time over 70m. As a close competition developed between the home nations, England's Nick Miller took his moment with a new Games and British Record of 80.26m to win Gold. Osian couldn't improve further, but will be content with a strong performance that saw him finish 7th overall in a very competitive Hammer competition.

Two medals on Day One! What a start, what will tomorrow bring? Take a look at our preview of Day Two

Proud moment for Bethan Davies

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