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Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

07/23/2014 11:15 EDT | Updated 09/22/2014 05:59 EDT
The XX Commonwealth Games begin today in Glasgow, Scotland.

Watch live as headliners Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle perform and Team Canada marches into Celtic Park for the opening ceremony. (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 3:30 p.m. ET).

Veteran trap shooter Susan Nattrass, and eight-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, will act as Canada's flag-bearer.

Canada has sent a team of 265 athletes — its largest ever for a Commonwealth Games held outside the country.

The Canadian team is aiming to finish in the top three in the overall medal standings after falling to fourth at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India.

The track and field team is particularly strong, with 2013 world championship medallists Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon), Damian Warner (decathlon) and Derek Drouin (also an Olympic bronze medallist in the high jump) on the squad. Boston Marathon wheelchair champion Josh Cassidy will compete in the para-sport 1,500 metres.

In the pool, two-time Olympic medallist swimmer Ryan Cochrane will defend his Commonwealth titles in the 400m and 1,500m events. Olympic and world diving medallists Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion look to continue their strong season in the 10-metre synchro competition, as do Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware in the 3m.

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