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Laura Kenny in the lead after spectacular Commonwealth Games opener

Laura Kenny, Alex Yee and James Wilby are among the Tokyo medalists aiming for the podium as the Commonwealth Games kick off in birmingham Friday.

With medals on offer in four sports on the opening day of action, the PA news agency picks out five potential highlights from the home country.

Swimming

James Wilby hopes to add to his Commonwealth Games medal haul (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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James Wilby will be looking to kick off England’s gold rush in the pool as he defends his men’s 200m breaststroke title. Scotsman Ross Murdoch, who finished second to Wilby in the Golden Coast four years ago, may have other ideas. Freya Anderson of Birkenhead competes in the women’s 200m freestyle alongside Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus, while Dan Jervis of Wales competes in the men’s 400m freestyle.

Bike

Laura Kenny is aiming for her second Commonwealth Games gold medal (John Walton/PA)

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Dame Laura Kenny will be in action when track cycling gets underway at London’s Lee Valley Velodrome, alongside Josie Knight, Maddie Leech and Grace Lister in the women’s team pursuit. And her husband Jason will coach as Ryan Owens, Joe Truman and Hamish Turnbull chase gold in the men’s team sprint.

Gymnastic

Joe Fraser will compete in front of hometown fans (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Birmingham-born Joe Fraser, a former parallel bars world champion, will lead England’s bid to retain their NEC men’s team title on a day that also doubles as individual qualifying. Experienced duo Frank Baines and Hamish Carter will be hoping to lead Scotland to at least a silver medal, while Northern Irishman Rhys McClenaghan will try to qualify on pommel.

Triathlon

Alex Yee won a silver medal in Tokyo (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Alex Yee is a strong favorite to build on his silver medal from the Tokyo Olympics as he competes in the men’s triathlon. The outcome of the women’s event is much less clear-cut with Georgia Taylor-Brown, like double medalist Yee in Japan, facing stiff competition from former world champion Non Stanford, who represents Wales, and another world champion in Bermuda Flora Duffy.

netball

England netball stars are aiming to retain their Commonwealth Games crown (Martin Rickett/PA)

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England’s bid to retain the netball title they won so well on the Gold Coast kicks off with a Group B game against Trinidad and Tobago. With a sizeable contingent of players who were out on the Gold Coast, Jess Thirlby’s side are full of confidence but will certainly have to overcome perennial favorites Australia and New Zealand again.

Laura Kenny in the lead after spectacular Commonwealth Games opener

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