Team England defied expectations in the pool and set a record in athletics, battling the heat in Asia’s first ever hosting of the Commonwealth Games.

The final Commonwealth Games of the 20th century were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between September 11th and 21st 1998. Mark Foster carried the flag for the 348-strong England team at the Opening Ceremony and was one of many famous faces on show.

Athletics stars Steve Backley and Denise Lewis, boxing’s world title contender Audley Harrison, lawn bowls legend Tony Allcock, swimmer Steve Parry and the then-unknown Bradley Wiggins all competed in Kuala Lumpur.

Team sports were on the programme for the first time and Team England’s women took silver in hockey whilst the men’s team picked up bronze. Ten pin bowling brought a silver and bronze medal from the mixed and women’s doubles teams respectively, and the netball side too secured bronze.