CLOSE TWO-LAP FIGHT AHEAD
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