CLOSE TWO-LAP FIGHT AHEAD

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - PH

800m

NI­JEL AMOS is a strong tip to re­tain his ti­tle, while Kenya will of course be a strong force and the home na­tions have sev­eral medal con­tenders.

Amos scored a rare ma­jor gold for Botswana in Glas­gow, although since then the 2012 Olympic sil­ver medal­list has shown him­self a lit­tle sus­pect in cham­pi­onships.

In­deed, he was only fifth at the Worlds last year, one place be­hind the con­fi­dent Kyle Lang­ford, who must be­lieve he has chances of win­ning at this of­ten hard-to-pre­dict dis­tance.

Ris­ing tal­ent El­liot Giles and 2012 Olympic fi­nal­ist An­drew Osagie also go for Eng­land. Scot­land, mean­while, have strong hopes via Guy Lear­month and Jake Wight­man, who runs over two laps be­fore his sched­uled ap­pear­ance in the 1500m.

Kenya had 36 of the top 50 ath­letes in the Com­mon­wealth on times in 2017, but for­tu­nately for the rest can only field three ath­letes, who hap­pen to be their top three from the trial.

They’re far from house­hold names but nev­er­the­less ca­pa­ble of win­ning, par­tic­u­larly Kenyan cham­pion Jonathan Ki­tilit, who has run 1:43.05, and Wy­cliffe Kin­manyal, who has clocked 1:43.94. Cor­nelius Tuwei is the lesser known en­tity.

Also chas­ing medals will be world fi­nal­ist Bran­don McBride of Canada, Ghana’s Alex Amankwah, and Aus­tralia’s Luke Mathews and Joseph Deng.

El­liot Giles, Kyle Lang­ford, An­drew Osagie and Guy Lear­month all com­pete

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