IT’S MAKWALA’S TIME TO SHINE
BOTSWANA’s Isaac Makwala, often in the shadow of absent world record-holder Wayde van Niekerk, and controversially ruled out of the 400m at last year’s World Championships in London, has his chance to show what he can do.
The Olympic fifth-placer, who is among the Commonwealth’s quickest ever with his 43.84
PB, has competed solidly so far this year and his compatriot Babaloki Thebe, who was fourth at the World Championships last year after earlier clocking 44.02, could challenge Makwala.
Demish Gaye, who ran
44.55 last year, 43-second man Rusheen McDonald and Javon Francis represent a decent Jamaican challenge.
Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, who went sub-45 indoors this year, will be joined by compatriot Rondell Bartholomew, another who will be shooting for a medal.
England’s charge over one lap is led by former European silver medallist Matthew Hudson-Smith, and also comprises Dwayne Cowan and Rabah Yousif.
Trinidad & Tobago’s trio of Machel Cedenio, Renny Quow and Lalone Gordon have each been well below 45 seconds and will be looking to rediscover their best form.
Others to watch out for will be Botswana’s Karoba Sabonda and Cayman Islands’ Jamal Walton.
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