HAWKINS HAS DECENT CHANCE
CALLUM HAWKINS was a brilliant fourth at London 2017 but has not looked at his very best so far in 2018, with only a 29:03 10km and 61:45 halfmarathon under his belt.
He might not need to be in his winter shape of last year to win his first major road medal.
The three Kenyans selected for the Gold Coast aren’t the very best as spring marathon budgets have clearly pinched the fastest.
Last year the trio ranked 57th, 139th and 164th amongst Kenyan marathoners alone.
The quickest one, on recent form is Kenneth Mungara who at 44 years of age is old enough to be the father of most of the track team.
He is a local specialist having won the Gold Coast race in 2015 and 2016 and finishing second last year.
Julius Nderitu Karinga is a relative youngster at 42 and his 2:08:01 PB is over six years old while Nicholas Kamakya has a lifetime best of 2:06:34 but that was back in 2011 and he has not broken 2:10 since 2012.
Normally a 34-year-old with a 2:11:15 would not be a medal contender but Michael Shelley has huge Games credentials with a second in Delhi and first in Glasgow and this time he will have huge home support.
Uganda’s 2015 world bronze medallist Solomon Mutai, who was fourth in Glasgow has a good championships record and was also top 12 in Rio and London.
Callum Hawkins: medal hope
Kenneth Mungara: local specialist