Among the Australians set to go for gold today is high jumper Eleanor Patterson, the reigning world champion.
Patterson, who won gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a teenager, attacked the Birmingham Games with a steamy head after his breakthrough for gold at the month’s World Championships in Athletics last in Eugene.
Patterson will not be joined on the pitch by compatriot Nicola Olyslagers, who has withdrawn with a torn calf.
“It is both disappointing and devastating not to be able to compete in the women’s high jump final,” Olyslagers, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics, said in a statement.
“What was thought to be a tight calf after my qualifying lap turned out to be a muscle tear in my jumping leg.
“Of all the emotions and all the shocks that I may have felt at the time, I still have peace.
“Winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games four years ago kicked off my professional high jump career. It was a competition that changed the trajectory of my life.
“My prayer is that someone else’s dream will come to life tomorrow as I cheer on it from the touchline.
“Let’s go cheer on Eleanor as she jumps so well for Australia there.”
The final will start at 7:17 p.m. (AEST).