Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - PH


DE­SPITE the ab­sence of Isaac Makwala, who is set to con­cen­trate on the 400m be­cause of the timetable, and the in­jured pair of Wayde van Niek­erk and An­dre De Grasse, this is set to be a hot event, thanks in part to the as­cen­dancy of South Africa, a na­tion poised to chal­lenge Caribbean sprint dom­i­nance.

Clarence Mun­yai’s amaz­ing 19.69 break­through at their na­tional cham­pi­onships would ap­pear to make him favourite, although the 20-year-old’s 0.41-sec­ond PB was achieved with the ad­van­tage of alti­tude. Anaso Jo­bod­wana, the 2015 world bronze medal­list and for­mer South African record­holder at 19.87, has started his sea­son solidly, in­clud­ing a 20.07 at sea level.

Eng­land’s Zhar­nel

Hughes, fifth at the World Cham­pi­onships, will hope to chal­lenge, too, while Richard Kilty is bet­ter suited to the shorter sprint and Netha­neel Mitchell-Blake with­drew ear­lier this year with in­jury.

Ja­maica’s Rasheed Dwyer and War­ren Weir, gold and sil­ver medal­lists re­spec­tively in Glas­gow 2014, will be ably as­sisted by 20.39 man Ken­roy An­der­son. Jereem Richards and Kyle Greaux head a strong Trinidad & Tobago line-up. Ba­hamas’ Steven Gar­diner, a sub-44 run­ner at 400m, should im­prove on his PB of 20.66 in a rare at­tempt at this dis­tance.

Canada’s Aaron Brown, Ba­hamas’ Teray Smith and Steven Gar­diner and Zam­bia’s Syd­ney Si­ame could be in the mix for medals too.

Zhar­nel Hughes: English podium con­tender

Rasheed Dwyer: Ja­maican threat

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