The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are officially open and the action begins tonight. Here's a rundown of which New Zealanders are in action on the opening day.

All eyes are on the velodrome and the swimming pool on day one where New Zealand's best medal chances lie.

The first New Zealanders in action are the men's lawn bowls triples who face Guernsey. The mixed badminton also come up against the small British island situated off the coast of Normandy.

The men's Black Sticks open their campaign against Canada while there is also New Zealanders in action in judo, table tennis, weightlifting and squash.


Kiwis in action - Day 1

Medal chances

Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins - Men's team sprint

Mitchell, Webster and Dawkins are favoured to win New Zealand's first gold in Glasgow after claiming the team sprint world championship title earlier in the year. The trio will be keen to go one better after a silver in Delhi four years ago. Finals: 5.03am - 5.15am.

Dylan Kennett, Pieter Bulling, Marc Ryan, Shane Archbold - Men 4000m Team Pursuit

The foursome picked up bronze at the worlds a second behind gold medalists Australia - meaning a silver could be on the cards. Finals: 4.36am - 4.51am.

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Bike NZ High Performance director Mark Elliot would like to think that this is the most well prepared team of cyclists ever to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

Andrea Hewitt - Women's triathlon

A bronze medalist eight years ago when triathlon was last held at a Commonwealth Games, Hewitt is New Zealand's best hope in out of the six competing in the men's and women's events overnight. Sixth at the Olympics on London 2012, Hewitt has struggled for form of late but says the Glasgow course suits her. Start time: 10pm.

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NZ triathletes Tom Davison and Tony Dodds are in peak form and ready to tough out the gruelling triathlon in Glasgow. The triathlete team is head by Commonwealth bronze medallist Andrea Hewitt. New Zealand triathlon team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Women: Andrea Hewitt, Kate McIlroy. Men: Tom Davison, Tony Dodds, Ryan Sissons Reserve (mixed Team relay): Nicky Samuels

Glenn Snyders 200m breaststroke

Snyders' best event is the 100m on Saturday but he is still an Olympic semifinalist in the longer distance and the New Zealand national record holder. Don't rule him out getting on the podium on the opening day. Also in the pool, look for Lauren Boyle (200m) and Matt Stanley (400m free) in their respective finals. Final: 8.01am - 8.05am.

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Head of New Zealand swimming Luis Villanueva is happy with preparations. 'Training has gone well, everyone is in good shape & good spirits'. Lauren Boyle, Glenn Snyders and Matt Stanely have worked hard to get to this point and look forward to racing.