Commonwealth Games 2014: Wales' six-month countdown

Becky James representing Wales at Delhi 2010

With six months to go until the Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow, BBC Wales Sport looks at six sports in which the Welsh team hope to make a mark.

Wales won 19 medals in Delhi in 2010, three of these gold, and also won 19 at Melbourne in 2006.

They aim to win more from Glasgow, with the official target expected to be announced in February.

Some teams have yet to be finalised but here is a look at six sports where Wales hope to be on the podium.

Triathlon

Wales could have an extremely strong contingent for the triathlon with the prospect of securing a medal on the first morning of competition.

Non Stanford
Non Stanford won the world under-23 triathlon title in 2012

Non Stanford, the current World Triathlon champion, which she won in her first senior season in 2013, is one of the clear favourites for the women's race on 24 July.

The 25-year-old is focused on her Commonwealth bid and training in Leeds with the Brownlee brothers - Olympic champion Alistair and his younger brother Jonny, who won bronze at London 2012.

Stanford's biggest challenge could come from another Welsh triathlete, former two-time World Champion Helen Jenkins.

Jenkins, who was born in Scotland but lives in Bridgend, is not certain of competing in Glasgow having not raced since the London Olympics because of a knee injury.

If two world triathlon champions was not enough for one team, Wales could also have the 2002 champion competing in Glasgow.

Leanda Cave, the 2012 World Ironman Champion was a triathlon silver medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and has stated her desire to compete in Glasgow.

If all three make it to Glasgow, team orders might come into play with potential for one or two of these world champions are asked to support one of the others' bid for gold.

These Commonwealth Games will also see, for the first time, a mixed relay event, with two men and two women completing a 'super sprint' triathlon of swimming, biking and running. The strength of Wales' women should bode well for this.

Athletics

Although Wales are likely to send a large athletics team to Glasgow, medal chances are likely to be limited in the track and field events at Hampden Park.

Dai Greene will be defending the title he won in Delhi in 2010 in the 400m hurdles.

Dai Greene
Greene was captain of Team GB's 2012 Olympic athletics squad

But since then injuries have hampered the former World champion, most notably in 2012 when he finished a disappointing fourth in the Olympic final.

World champion Jehue Gordon from Trinidad & Tobago will provide a big challenge as will Greene's compatriot and current European champion, Rhys Williams, who won bronze in Delhi.

Another big hope for a medal is Aled Sion Davies, the 2012 Paralympic discus champion.

His event, the F42/44 discus is included despite being dropped from the Paralympic schedule for Rio 2016. Davies, who is also world champion, will be hoping for further success in Glasgow.

Christian Malcolm won 200m silver in his first Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and is set to compete for the last time in a Wales vest in Glasgow.

The 34-year-old won a bronze medal in the 200m in Delhi but is likely to be up against Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, who has picked the 200 as his event of the Games.

Boxing

The boxing team, which secured three medals four years ago, is likely to be without two of its strongest boxers in Glasgow.

Sean McGoldrick
McGoldrick had to wait eight months before he was presented with his 2010 gold medal

Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans and European champion and world number one Andrew Selby will be prevented from competing after joining the AIBA Pro Boxing competition.

Both are still eligible for the Olympics but there is no provision allowing them to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

Even without Olympians Evans and Selby, Wales would still have a defending Commonwealth champion in their ranks.

Sean McGoldrick originally won a bantamweight silver medal in Delhi, but was upgraded to a gold medal when Sri Lanka's Manju Wanniarachchi failed a drugs test.

Other boxers to look out for in Glasgow are British squad members Joe Cordina and Zack Davies

Swimming

Swim Wales head coach Martyn Woodroffe has hailed the swimming team for Glasgow as the "strongest ever" as they look to improve on the four medals won in Delhi.

Jazz Carlin
Carlin competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Jazz Carlin won two of those medals - a silver and bronze - and will be Wales' main hope for gold now David Davies has retired.

The 23-year-old is rejuvenated following the disappointment of missing out on the Olympic Games in London two years ago,

In December Carlin set a new Welsh record in the 800m freestyle, the event in which she will compete along with the 400m freestyle in Glasgow.

Two bronze medallists from four years ago, Georgia Davies and Jemma Lowe, have already been named in Wales' elite list of swimmers.

Also on the list are Ieuan Lloyd (200m individual medley) and Marco Loughran (backstroke), who both competed at London 2012.

Thomas Haffield (400m individual medley) and Robert Holderness (breaststroke) have also previous experience of big international swim meets.

Cycling

A talented cycling team competing in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and on the road will be headed by double Olympic champion Geraint Thomas and double world champion Becky James.

Since winning a silver and bronze four years ago, James became a double World Track Cycling champion in 2013.

Becky James
James won four medals at the 2013 World Track Cycling championships

The Abergavenny sprinter won a silver medal in the sprint and a bronze in the 500m time trial in Delhi and will compete in both again in Glasgow, with her first race, the time trial, on day one.

Thomas was part of Team GB's cycling success at London 2012, winning team pursuit gold for a second time.

The 27-year-old, a bronze medallist at Melbourne in 2006, says he is committed to the Commonwealth Games despite coming so soon after the Tour de France.

On the road Thomas is likely to be up against Team Sky team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins in the time trial and competing against the Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish in the road race.

That longer race is likely to be Thomas's priority, on the final day of competition on Sunday 3 August.

Thomas believes the Welsh team has enough strength in depth to mount a serious challenge in Glasgow.

The team is likely to include promising young track cyclists like Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts, Jon Mould, Sam Harrison, Lewis Oliva and Owain Doull,

Bowls

Double gold medal winner Robert Weale will be Wales' most decorated Commonwealth Games competitor in Glasgow.

Robert Weale
Weale has won six Commonwealth medals, including two golds

Weale won the men's singles in Delhi four years ago and was a men's fours winner the last time the Games were held in Scotland in 1986.

The 50-year-old, also a three-time silver medallist and a bronze medallist, will be competing at his eighth Games this summer.

Held over nine days in six separate events, Wales' bowlers will compete in the singles, pairs, triples, fours, visually impaired mixed pairs and para-sport triples.

The squad of 15 bowlers range in age from 25-years-old to 71 with half of the squad making their Games debut.

Anwen Butten competes in the women's singles and in the women's pairs competition in which she won bronze four years ago.

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