Games set for 'extraordinary' start

  • Last Updated: July 23 2014, 9:25 BST

Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh is eyeing a lightning start for Glasgow 2014 on two levels.

Michael Jamieson: Can he get Team Scotland off to a flier?
Michael Jamieson: Can he get Team Scotland off to a flier?

Cavanagh has been given an insight to the opening ceremony at Celtic Park and feels it will be a fitting launch for what he believes can be the greatest Commonwealth Games of all time.

And he is confident Scotland will get off to a golden start when the sporting action kicks off on Thursday.

"Driving around the city, I can feel it already and the sport hasn't even started yet," Cavanagh said. "I think there's an enormous buzz in Glasgow and that's just going to continue.

"It's going to be absolutely fantastic and the opening ceremony will be extraordinary and get us off to a terrific start."

Team Scotland can build on that excitement during the first day of action with a number of medal prospects competing, particularly in the Tollcross pool.

Michael Jamieson is aiming for a world record in the 200m breaststroke final, while 2010 gold medallists Hannah Miley and Robbie Renwick have the opportunity to repeat their feats on the opening day.

Cavanagh said: "It's great to get off to a good start and it's great that we have got some of our best and most experienced athletes up first in the pool.

"Michael Jamieson just thrives on competition - we saw that in London 2012 when most people didn't have him down for a silver medal and he pulled that out.

"He's a world-class athlete in his home pool with a home crowd behind him.

"And we shouldn't forget that he is up against a Scottish swimmer who is not doing too badly. Ross Murdoch is pushing Michael Jamieson pretty hard so it could be absolutely fantastic."