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Summary

  1. 275 gold medals in 19 sports across 12 days
  2. Athletes from 71 nations & territories inside the Carrara Stadium
  3. The Prince of Wales opens the Games on behalf of the Queen
  4. Get involved: tweet #bbcgoldcoast or text 81111 (UK only)

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Thanks for joining us!

    We'll be back on live text duty from 00:00 BST on Thursday bringing you updates from the first day of competition on the Gold Coast.

    You can watch a repeat of the ceremony from 13:45 BST on the Red Button, online and the iPlayer while there'll be highlights on BBC Two's Today at the Games tonight.

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    There's going to be a lot of sport coming your way from the Gold Coast over the next 11 days.

    If you want to get planning for what you want to follow, head to our day-by-day guide.

    And if you want more information on coverage, schedules and medal winners...

  3. South Africa's swimming celebrity

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    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport on the Gold Coast

    One of the biggest stars of these Commonwealth Games is likely to be South African swimming sensation Chad Le Clos.

    You may remember him (and certainly his father Bert) from London 2012, when the swimmer broke Michael Phelps’ decade long domination of the 200m butterfly event.

    Well despite seven world titles and 12 Commonwealth medals, life since hasn’t been easy for the 25-year-old who learnt both of his parents were suffering with cancer ahead of Rio 2016 - where he would surrender his Olympic crown.

    I spent some time with Chad, at his new base in Turkey, ahead of his bid to become the most decorated Commonwealth medallist of all-time.

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  4. 'It makes it harder'

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    Rebecca Adlington

    Double Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer on BBC TV

    Many athletes have competed under the same Team GB flag in the Olympic Games but will now be going up against their teammates as England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland go head-to-head.

    "We always cheer for everyone from all the home nations. It makes it harder though. The Australians have such a strong swimming team at the moment too.

    "All eyes will be on Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin as the main medal contenders. But we will have some great races this week."

  5. In the pool

    Swimming

    Ross Murdoch of Scotland was a memorable winner of the men's 200m breaststroke in Glasgow four years ago but admits he nearly quit after a disappointing Rio Olympics.

    Adam Peaty, the Olympic champion over 100m, was due to challenge his Team GB team-mate, but has now decided not to compete in this event.

    In the women's 400m individual medley final, Scotland's Hannah Miley chases a hat-trick of Commonwealth titles in this event.

    Ross Murdoch
  6. Whitlock in action on day one

    In the artistic gymnastics, England, led by double Olympic champion Max Whitlock, defend their team title, which doubles as qualification for the individual all-around and apparatus finals.

    Over in track cycling, Wales could challenge a strong Australia team determined to win the inaugural Commonwealth women's team pursuit title. The Welsh are led by Olympic champion Elinor Barker.

    Max Whitlock
  7. History in the triathlon?

    Men's and women's triathlon from 00:30 BST

    The first medal event could produce Commonwealth Games history as two-time reigning world champion Flora Duffy bids to win only Bermuda's second gold medal - and the first of any colour by a woman.

    British contenders include 2013 world champion Non Stanford of Wales and England's 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland.

    In the men's race, can anyone stop two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning Commonwealth champion Alistair Brownlee claiming yet another major title?

    The man best placed to beat him over this sprint distance is brother Jonny, the Commonwealth and Olympic silver medallist.

    Flora Duffy
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    Right, the opening ceremony is done.

    Let's have a look at what you can expect from day one at the Commonwealth Games...

  9. Gold Coast is a hit

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    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport on the Gold Coast

    Opening ceremonies can be hits (like London 2012) or misses (Glasgow 2014) but this was right up there amongst the best!

    A quite spectacular powerful, emotional and also fun combination to kick start what I’m sure will be an incredible 11 days of competition - which now begin in just a matter of hours.

    And don’t forget - you can catch all of the best of the action across BBC Sport!

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  10. Sneak peek

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    Ever wondered what it's like to live in an athletes village?

    Wonder no more. England's beach volleyball players Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory have you covered.

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    Video caption: Commonwealth Games: Tour around the Gold Coast's athletes village
  11. Not coming home

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    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport on the Gold Coast

    Just how special is Gold Coast?

    So yes there’s the sun, sand & surf but there are other cities in the world with all that...

    They’re early risers and generally begin work much earlier than we do in the U.K. but with the beach generally just walking distance from offices and homes there’s a real drive to get out and enjoy the place.

    It’s infectious. Several us in the team here - who are usually more of the ‘hit snooze several times’ persuasion - have been up swimming, running and making the most of the stunning setting.

    In short - I may not be coming back...

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    Sir Chris Hoy

    Six-time Olympic cycling champion on BBC One

    It is amazing to see how opening ceremonies have changed over the years. It is now a massive event.

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    And that's it! The fireworks go bang over the stadium and the Games are officially under way.

    Huzzah!

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    Who's singing this last one?

    It's an artist called Ruel - an Australian singer-songwriter from Sydney.

    Get ready for some big bang fireworks as a finale...

  15. A blast from the past

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    Gabby Logan may be on your screens during the next couple of weeks but did you know she competed in gymnastics at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games?

    Looks like she's been digging to the back of her wardrobe to find these uniform classics!

    Gabby Logan
  16. Landmark for Para sports

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    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport on the Gold Coast

    Gold Coast 2018 will feature a greater number of events for disabled athletes than at any previous Commonwealth Games.

    There’ll be 38 medal events (73% increased on Glasgow 2014) across seven sports.

    Senga, Natalie, Daniel and Kyne who are from just outside Sydney “simply had to be here” and say they’ll watch at least one sport per day during the Games

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  17. Post update

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    We're massively over-running but the show is coming to an end very soon.

    The final montage is a celebration of home, featuring Migaloo - Australia's most well-known and most mysterious humpback whale.