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Commonwealth Games 2010: A memorable start

Colin Hazelden
BBC East Midlands Today

nathan robertson
Robertson led the England contingent at the opening ceremony

So, it's under way and, using a memorable turn of phrase from a colleague, India soared over the first Commonwealth Games hurdle by producing a vibrant and polished opening ceremony with a mass singing of Jai Ho at the end it would be hard to ever forget.

It's certainly an event Nottingham's badminton star Nathan Robertson will remember - being a flag bearer for your country at a major games is quite something.

He'll be looking to shine, but will have to wait his turn.

My job out here will often be to get to the sports which are getting less attention from BBC Sport's live and highlights programmes.

So today I'm at the archery, interviewing Grantham's Simon Terry amongst others.

He qualified comfortably for the elimination round but, in common with all England's archers, wasn't exactly stoked about his performance. Better to come, I'm sure.

And, as I write, Rebecca Adlington has got safely through to the 200m freestyle final in the pool as she goes for a tough 200m, 400m and 800m treble. Loughborough's Jo Jackson qualified even quicker - in fourth.

Games organisers will be delighted to at last be up and running after all the bad publicity.

I'll be honest, some venues are far from perfect when you step away from the athlete's area but the archery venue where I am now is spot on.

And there's plenty you can't fault - the welcome, the pride and the food for starters.

In fact, if I've heard one thing from athletes more than any other, it's high praise for that much maligned village and especially the caterers.

Happy athletes should make for a happy games.



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