OLDBURY triathlon star Jodie Stimpson got England’s golden medal tally up and running on the first day of the Commonwealth Games.

Stimpson became the tournament’s first winner after successfully completing the 1,500m swim, 40 kilometre bike rider and 10km in one hour, 58 minutes and 56 seconds.

She finished ahead of Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland.

"I have to thank so many people who got me through this year, and it is awesome to share the podium with Vicky, it is really special," said Stimpson.

"Get in England! Come on! Now the boys have got to do it.

"This is not just my medal, coach Darren Smith, who put up with me for so long - thank you so much. The support from the crowd was awesome, no matter what country you were from they were behind you.

"All my family are already crying, it's awesome they got to see me in a championship race after missing the Olympics in 2012."