sport news Commonwealth Games 2018: Eight stars to watch

The Commonwealth Games gets underway this week as Team GB's Olympic heroes look to repeat their Rio feats on Australia's Gold Coast. 

Medals will be contested for everything from lawn bowls to mountain biking across 11 days of sporting excellence and Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai will be bringing you reports from all the action.

Here, our athletics correspondent brings you eight athletes to watch throughout the tournament... 

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 is already underway in some events

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 is already underway in some events

Caster Semenya (South Africa)

With two Olympic titles and three world championship golds, the South African is one of the biggest names competing. She will contest the 800m and 1500m, accompanied with the usual debate over her gender.

With two Olympic gold medals, South Africa's Caster Semenya is one of the biggest names

With two Olympic gold medals, South Africa's Caster Semenya is one of the biggest names

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (England)

The British heptathlete has so often crumbled on the big stage

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