HAWKINS HAS DE­CENT CHANCE

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - SS

Marathon

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

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