Sunday is the day of rest. Not in Birmingham! There’s no time to be resting when there’s medals to add to the ever-growing Team England haul.
Day three kicks off with all the flips and twists an early Sunday morning deserves with the men’s all-round gymnastic final. Team England’s men are still flying high after taking gold in the team event and now it’s a divide and conquer as they look to bag themselves individual medals. Now we’ve all just about recovered from the excitement of the women’s team winning gold on Saturday night, eyes are on James Hall & Jake Jarmin to take top spot. Gymnastics has already
As always, there’s so much action coming from the Lee Valley VeloPark and when it comes to cycling queens look no further than Dame Laura Kenny. Having already been part of the bronze medal winning team pursuit quartet, she’s now the favourite to come away with the women’s 25km points race title. It sounds like a long way doesn’t it? Luckily, none of us have to cycle and we can cheer from the comfort of our Sunday roast. Watch out for Hamish Turnbull in the men’s sprint finals. He’s been absolutely flying round the track this week and is riding high and riding fast going into the finals. While you’re at it, also check out Blaine Ridge-Davis in the women’s 500m time trial. The wheels will be rolling and Team England fans are hoping the medals will also be rolling in.
After a bit more bike action? Oh, go on then let’s have some paratriathlon and mixed triathlon. We already saw Alex Yee take gold in the men’s triathlon before Georgia Taylor-Brown ran home with the women’s silver so the triathlon quartet (which is still being kept very hush hush) are tri-ing to bring home more. In the men’s paratriathlon, it’s the trio of David Ellis, and Oscar Kelly in action. Oscar’s beloved guide dog Storm will be keenly watching his owner from the side-lines, and inevitably lapping up all the love and limelight around Sutton Park. The single Team England representation in the women’s event comes in the form of Katie Crowhurst. The 18-year-old was a bit more productive with her lockdown than those of us who just baked banana bread. Instead, she took up open water swimming and worked on her cycling and running. It’s obviously paid off and she will be going out there to proudly represent Team England. And then she can eat as much banana bread as the ovens can churn out! (Other baked goods are also available.)
Finally, to quote Oliver Wood from Harry Potter - “This is it. The big one. The one we’ve all been waiting for” – the biggest of the big fish Adam Peaty is swimming like an eel right now and heads into the final ready to make yet more of a splash. He goes in the men’s 100m breaststroke final on Sunday evening alongside fellow Englishman James Wilby. Peaty is the out-and-out favourite (and yes, he did have a broken foot and yes he does still have THAT moustache) but none of that will stop the fastest breastroker ever to have lived. Blink and you’ll miss it. Miss it and you’ll cry a pool of tears. So don’t.
For now, that seems like enough to be going with. As always, there is representation from Team England in all corners of Birmingham. We’ve got lawn bowls, table tennis, rugby sevens, badminton, 3 x 3 and so much more! As previously stated, there’s no time for resting this Sunday. And why would you want to when you could be jumping, shouting and