ENGLAND DOUBLE TRIPLE HOPE
ENGLAND has a good record in this event with victories from Jonathan Edwards, Keith Connor and Phillips Idowu, to name just a few, over the years. This time English chances rest with two Nathans, Fox and Douglas, but they will have to be at their best to reach the top of the podium.
Clive Pullen of Jamaica will be tough to beat but his form has been erratic as he could not get within a metre of his 17.19m PB at the World Indoors last month, 2016 Olympics or 2017 World Championships.
Yordanis Durañona from the Caribbean island of Dominica, is another 17m jumper at his best and was 11th at London 2017.
As for the English hopes, Fox was featured in last week’s AW and the former teenage age group record-holder is hoping to make the podium, aged 27.
His team-mate, Douglas, is in the twilight of his career aged 35 and after a career of highs and injury-induced lows he will be looking to recapture his form of just over a decade ago when he won European silver indoors and out.
Look out too for Troy Doris of Guyana – he was seventh in the Rio Olympics – plus Muhd Hakimi Ismail, the South East Asian Games winner from Malaysia, and Arpinder Singh of India, a bronze medallist four years ago.
Nathan Douglas (left) and Nathan Fox (inset)