Hartlepool sports stars Jemma Lowe and Savannah Marshall arrive in Glasgow for Commonwealth Games

BOXING CLEVER: Savannah Marshall (second from the right) with the England boxing side. Picture courtesy of onEdition
BOXING CLEVER: Savannah Marshall (second from the right) with the England boxing side. Picture courtesy of onEdition
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JEMMA Lowe and Savannah Marshall have arrived in Glasgow for one of the greatest sporting shows on earth.

The girls, two of the greatest talents to ever come out of Hartlepool, are in Scotland for the Commonwealth Games, albeit in different teams.

Lowe will be representing Wales for the third successive time after swimming at Melbourne as a 16-year-old in 2006 and winning a bronze medal in Delhi in 2010.

Marshall is in England colours as women’s boxing makes its debut at the Commonwealth Games.

The duo will be at Celtic Park tomorrow night for the opening ceremony as the Queen officially launches the competition.

Marshall can enjoy a lie-in after the event given the boxing does not get under way until next Tuesday evening,

However, Lowe faces an early rise on Thursday as swimming is one of the first sports out of the blocks in Glasgow.

J Lo will take part in the heats of the 100 metres butterfly at Torcross International Swimming Centre from 10.30am.

It’s the start of a breathless period for the 24-year-old who faces the prospect of up to 10 races inside six days.

The 2012 Olympic finalist will have the semi-final on Thursday night with, if successful, the final on Friday evening.

Wales have entered Lowe into the 50 metres butterfly, the one-length sprint race, which is staged over Saturday and Sunday.

The former High Tunstall College of Science pupil and English Martyrs Sixth Form College student will race in her favourite event, the 200 metres butterfly on Monday, the heats taking place on the morning and the final on the right.

She will then wear the Welsh colours for the relays on Tuesday which bring an end to the swimming action.

Just as Lowe is making her Commonwealth farewell, Marshall will be making her entrance.

Preliminary bouts will take place in the Under 75 kilos a week tonight, the category the world champion is favourite for gold in.

The quarter and semi finals are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday evenings with the final on Saturday night.