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20 things you might not know about Glasgow 2014

commonwealth games It is now just days until the start of the XX Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. The sporting action starts on July 24th after an Opening Ceremony evening on July 23rd. The Games will continue until August 3rd and for the first time will include both able-bodied and para-athletes competing at the same venues and with many events taking place at the same time.   Here are 20 things you might like to know about Glasgow 2014    
  1. Glasgow 2014 is the 20th Commonwealth Games. The first was hosted by Hamilton, Canada, in 1930.
  2. Scotland has previously hosted the event twice, in 1970 and 1986, both in Edinburgh.
  3. There will be 6,500 athletes from 71 nations competing in 17 sports over 11 days.
  4. The first ever Games saw only 400 athletes from 11 countries taking part.
  5. The Glasgow Games will have the largest ever number of fully integrated para-sport events, with 22 medals up for grabs in five sports.
  6. Pistol shooter Greg Yelavich (born in 1957) will compete in his eighth Games. He has represented New Zealand in seven Commonwealth Games so far and won a record 12 medals – two gold, five silver and five bronze Greg Yelavich.
  7. Scotland sit seventh on the all-time Commonwealth Games medals table with a tally of 92 gold, 104 silver and 160 bronze medals.
  8. However it is Australia that is top of the medals table with 803 gold medals and more than 2,000 medals in total.
  9. Clyde is a thistle – he’s the first Games mascot that isn’t an animal.
  10. RockTape is the official Kinesiology Tape for Team Scotland, the home nation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
  11. Women’s boxing will make a Commonwealth Games debut at Glasgow 2014.
  12. Glasgow 2014 will see the first mixed team relay event in triathlon
  13. The surface at Hampden Park has been raised by 1.9m for the athletics events at the Games. Some 6,000 steel posts and 1,200 panels were used create a deck to transform Hampden.
  14. Glasgow 2014 will play host to the first para-sport cycling (track) events.
  15. Runners in the 26.2miles marathon route on July 27 will cross the River Clyde four times.
  16. Michaela Breeze from Wales and the England Athletics Team will be using the new St Georges Cross RockTape
  17. The 2000-seat dining hall in the athletes’ village will serve almost 400,000 meals.
  18. Up to 4,000 people will carry the Queen’s Baton during a 40-day tour of Scotland.
  19. ScotRail reckon more than a million extra rail journeys will be made on their trains during the Games.
  20. Glasgow 2014 used 350 40ft shipping containers for equipment bought from London Olympics 2012 organisers, including furniture for use in the Athletes’ Villages.

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