IT’S MAKWALA’S TIME TO SHINE

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - PH

400m

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.

Isaac Makwala: will hope to avoid con­tro­versy that dogged him at Lon­don 2017

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