Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games -

ATH­LETES from the home na­tions look set to make a real im­pact in this event, with Eng­land’s Nick Miller lead­ing the way. The 2014 sil­ver medal­list im­proved his own Bri­tish record with a worldlead­ing 78.29m at the Stan­ford In­vi­ta­tional last Fri­day and that mark puts him fourth on the Com­mon­wealth all-time list, with no Com­mon­wealth thrower hav­ing launched the ham­mer fur­ther than his Bri­tish record mark since 2008.

Scot­land’s Chris Ben­nett also proved his fine cur­rent form with 75.11m to beat 21-yearold Matt Denny in Bris­bane last month and sits sec­ond on the rank­ings ahead of the Aus­tralian.

Denny will have the home ad­van­tage, how­ever, and will be look­ing for a strong first part to his ham­mer and dis­cus dou­ble cam­paign at the Games.

Miller is joined on the

Eng­land team by last year’s Euro­pean un­der-23 fourth-placer

Tay­lor Camp­bell who is keen to use the Games as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but be­lieves a medal isn’t out of the ques­tion.

“De­spite hav­ing such a good ju­nior ca­reer and throw­ing big dis­tances I never re­ally medalled when it mat­tered – I seemed to miss out by 1cm at every cham­pi­onship,” the Lough­bor­ough stu­dent-ath­lete said, look­ing ahead to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I have learnt a lot and I know how to han­dle my­self. I just need to ap­ply that to the se­nior en­vi­ron­ment now.”

Nick Miller: UK record-break­ing form

Chris Ben­nett: Scot­tish medal hope­ful

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