Re­sults round-up in­cludes cov­er­age from An­glo Celtic Plate 100km

Athletics Weekly - - News - Steve Smythe, re­sults ed­i­tor

COM­MON­WEALTH ath­letes dom­i­nate the top of the world rank­ings we pub­lish on the next page and some are show­ing good form in Aus­tralia and USA on the eve of the Games.

Ob­vi­ously the need to show some sort of form has ne­ces­si­tated that some com­pete much ear­lier than nor­mal.

How­ever, what has sur­prised me is that more have not been do­ing it. A lot of top Com­mon­wealth ath­letes have barely com­peted prior to the Games and surely some are not go­ing to be race sharp or in their best com­pet­i­tive met­tle.

Also, wouldn’t it make more sense – apart from col­lege ath­letes – to be com­pet­ing in the South­ern hemi­sphere rather than in the United States?

Jake Robert­son was might­ily im­pres­sive in Cres­cent City but is a 10km road race in one con­ti­nent the best prepa­ra­tion for im­mi­nent track races in an­other?

On the eve of the Games, with ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion be­gin­ning on Sun­day, the lack of big names and its po­si­tion ge­o­graph­i­cally and in the sea­son means it has maybe not taken off pub­lic­ity-wise yet.

I am sure that will all change when the Games be­gin and UK ath­letes start win­ning medals in Aus­tralia.

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