Barbados was within reach of winning a medal on the first day of competition at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but had to settle for fourth place in the bronze medal contest between 19-year-old Onoh-Obasi Okey and her Australian opponent. Onoh-Obasi battled well and even won a point that was, unfortunately, disallowed. The Australian finally won because she had fewer penalties 2 – 3.
Earlier in the day swimmer Alexis Clarke won her heat in the 200m freestyle with a personal best time of 2.14 but failed to advance to the medal rounds. Christopher Courtis and Lani Cabrera did not advance as well. There were some blistering times in the pools which saw a number of Commonwealth records being shattered.
Javed Mounter failed to advance on the impressive spanking new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, but like swimming, the cycling heats were blistering with four cyclists breaking the Commonwealth Games record in the match sprints. The Badminton and Table Tennis players were also unsuccessful on Day 1.
The Netballers showed promise during their close encounter with Trinidad and Tobago but failed to create the rhythm they needed to stay ahead of the hungry Trinidadians. Their final 37-38 defeat would have been shattering.
Jason Wilson performed credibly in the men’s Triathlon. He was with the main group of leaders all the way during the race. His 18th-place finish was commendable. Matthew Wright also looked good for his 20th-place finish.
Chef de Mission, Cameron Burke said, “it was a disappointing day as netball was expected to win, however, the performance of the judoka was beyond expectation and all credit must go to her for trying to bring glory to the country.”