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Everything you need to know about the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The waiting is finally over … the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games officially open today.

Diver Jack Laugher and weightlifter Emily Campbell are the Team England flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Alexander Stadium.

The action begins on Friday 29 July and here is everything you need to know about the swimming and diving competitions at the Games…

Aquatics venue

More medals will be won at the newly-constructed Sandwell Aquatics Centre than any other Commonwealth Games venue.

The £73m facility is the only new venue specifically built for the Games and can accommodate 5,000 spectators during Birmingham 2022.

Throughout the 11 days of the competition, visitors will be able to take part in a number of Have a Go sessions – and have the chance to win two shirts, one signed by the Team England swimming squad and one autographed by the divers.

After the Games have finished, 4,000 temporary seats will be removed and the pool will reopen as a community facility in the summer of 2023.

Coverage

A live blog, full reports and reaction from the heats and finals sessions throughout the swimming and diving competitions will be published on the Swim England website, swimming.org.

There will also be instant updates on the Team England performances on the Swim England social media channels … Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – so why not give them a follow?

Tag us into your social posts and let us know how you’re cheering on Team England’s swimmers and divers. We’re @Swim_England on Twitter and @SwimEngland on Facebook and Instagram.

The BBC will be broadcasting every session from the Commonwealth Games.

In addition to 200 hours of live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three, there will also be up to 11 streams on BBC iPlayer and The BBC Sport website.

Inspired To Try

If the Commonwealth Games has inspired you to join a club or even just go for a recreational swim, check out discover@swimming.org.

Simply pop in your postcode to find the nearest club or facility near you.

Alternatively, click on the swimming, para-swimming, diving, artistic swimming, water polo, open water or masters swimming icons to find out more about that sport – and how you can get involved..

Who is competing for Team England in the pool

You can see the full 48-strong swimming squad by clicking here and meet the 18 members of the diving team by clicking here. 

Schedule

Six days of swimming action starts at 10:30am on Friday 29 July, with the diving events beginning on Thursday 4 August.

Here are the session times and events taking place on those days

Swimming

Friday 29 July

  • Heats (10:30am-1:15pm): Men’s 400m Freestyle; Women’s 400m Individual Medley; Women’s 200m Freestyle; Men’s 100m Backstroke S9; Women’s 100m Freestyle S9; Men’s 50m Butterfly; Women’s 50m Breaststroke; Men’s 100m Backstroke; Women’s 100m Butterfly; Men’s 200m Breaststroke; Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
  • Finals (7pm-9:45pm – all races finals unless stated): Women’s 400m Individual Medley; Women’s 200m Freestyle; Men’s 400m Freestyle; Men’s 100m Backstroke S9; Women’s 100m Freestyle S9; Men’s 50m Butterfly Semi-Finals; Women’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Finals; Men’s 100m Backstroke Semi-Finals; Women’s 100m Butterfly Semi-Final; Men’s 200m Breaststroke; Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Saturday 30 July

  • Heats (10:30am-12:15pm): Men’s 200m Freestyle; Women’s 50m Freestyle, Men’s 50m Freestyle S13; Women’s 50m Freestyle S13; Men’s 100m Breaststroke; Women’s 100m Backstroke; Men’s 400m Individual Medley; Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay; Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay; Men’s 200m Breaststroke; Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
  • Finals (7pm-10:15pm – all races finals unless stated): Men’s 50m Butterfly; Women’s 50m Breaststroke; Men’s 200m Freestyle; Women’s 50m Freestyle Semi-Finals; Men’s 50m Freestyle S13; Women’s 50m Freestyle S13; Men’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Finals; Women’s 100m Backstroke Semi-Finals; Men’s 400m Individual Medley; Women’s 100m Butterfly; Men’s 100m Backstroke; Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay; Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Sunday 31 July

  • Heats (10:30am-12:15pm): Men’s 200m Butterfly; Women’s 200m Breaststroke; Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB8; Women’s 100m Backstroke S8; Men’s 50m Backstroke; Women’s 50m Butterfly; Men’s 100m Freestyle; Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Heats.
  • Finals (7pm-9:45pm – all races finals unless stated): Women’s 50m Freestyle; Men’s 200m Butterfly; Women’s 200m Breaststroke; Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB8; Women’s 100m Backstroke S8; Men’s 50m Backstroke Semi-Finals; Women’s 50m Butterfly Semi-Finals; Men’s 100m Freestyle Semi-Finals; Women’s 100m Backstroke; Men’s 100m Breaststroke; Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

Monday 1 August

  • Heats (10:30am-1pm): Women’s 200m Backstroke; Men’s 50m Breaststroke; Women’s 100m Freestyle; Men’s 100m Butterfly; Women’s 200m Individual Medley; Men’s 50m Freestyle S7; Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6; Women’s 100m Breaststroke; Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay; Women’s 800m Freestyle.
  • Finals (7pm-10pm – all races finals unless stated): Men’s 100m Freestyle; Women’s 200m Backstroke; Men’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Finals; Women’s 100m Freestyle Semi-Finals; Men’s 100m Butterfly Semi-Finals; Women’s 200m Individual Medley; Men’s 50m Freestyle S7; Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6; Men’s 50m Backstroke; Women’s 50m Butterfly; Women’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Finals; Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

Tuesday 2 August

  • Heats (10:30am-12:45pm): Men’s 200m Backstroke; Women’s 200m Butterfly; Men’s 100m Butterfly S10; Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM10; Men’s 50m Freestyle; Women’s 50m Backstroke; Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay; Men’s 1500m Freestyle.
  • Finals (7pm-10:15pm – all races finals unless stated): Women’s 100m Freestyle; Men’s 100m Butterfly; Women’s 100m Breaststroke; Men’s 200m Backstroke; Women’s 200m Butterfly; Men’s 100m Butterfly S10; Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM10; Men’s 50m Freestyle Semi-Finals; Women’s 50m Backstroke Semi-Finals; Men’s 50m Breaststroke; Women’s 800m Freestyle ; Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay.

Wednesday 3 August

  • Heats (10:30am-11:45am): Men’s 200m Individual Medley; Women’s 200m Freestyle S14; Men’s 200m Freestyle S14; Women’s 400m Freestyle; Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay; Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay.
  • Finals (7pm-10pm): Men’s 200m Individual Medley; Women’s 200m Freestyle S14; Men’s 200m Freestyle S14; Women’s 400m Freestyle Final; Men’s 50m Freestyle; Women’s 50m Backstroke; Men’s 1500m Freestyle; Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay; Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay.

Diving

Thursday 4 August

  • Prelims (1pm-3:45pm): Men’s 1m Springboard; Women’s 10m Platform
  • Finals (6pm-9pm): Men’s 1m Springboard; Women’s 10m Platform

Friday 5 August

  • Prelims and final (10am-12:30pm): Women’s 1m Springboard preliminary; Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard final.
  • Finals (6pm-8:30pm): Women’s 1m Springboard; Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform

Saturday 6 August

  • Prelims and final (10am-12:30pm): Men’s 3m Springboard preliminary; Women’s Synchronised 3m Springboard final.
  • Finals (6pm-8:45pm): Men’s 3m Springboard; Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform

Sunday 7 August

  • Prelims (10am-1pm): Men’s 10m Platform; Women’s 3m Springboard
  • Finals (5:30pm-8:30pm): Men’s 10m Platform; Women’s 3m Springboard

Monday 8 August

  • Finals (10am-12:30pm): Mixed Synchronised 3m Springboard; Mixed Synchronised 10m Platform

Sessions will contain all of the events listed but not necessarily in that order. The information contained within the schedule is correct at the time of publishing but remains subject to change.

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