Former 1500m world record holder Steve Cram highlights the best of the Home Nations athletes on show at this year’s Commonwealth games.
Dina Asher-Smith, 200m
England’s top female sprinter is in great shape. She left the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham early in order to go to Australia to prepare for this. She’ll be up against Elaine Thompson, Jamaica’s double sprint gold medallist from Rio, so it’s going to be tough, but it should be a thriller.
Round one Saturday 7 April BBC1
Adam Peaty, 50m and 100m breaststroke
The world record holder in both, England’s Peaty is nailed on for gold. No one’s unbeatable, but I can only see him rising to the challenge. Australia always expect a lot in the pool and he’ll be desperate to stick it to them in their backyard.
100m heats Thursday 5 April BBC1 50m heats Saturday 7 April BBC1
Andrew Pozzi, 110m hurdles
England’s sprint hurdler ran brilliantly at the World Indoors at Birmingham in March to win the 60m hurdles in a personal best time. He’ll get enormous confidence from that — form in the 60m hurdles really does translate to the 110m event. And Andrew’s in great shape.
Round one Sunday 8 April BBC1
Hannah Miley, 400m Individual Medley
The Scottish swimmer is among the favourites for the 400m Individual medley as she chases a hat-trick of Commonwealth titles, having won gold in both Delhi and Glasgow. The 28-year-old, who grew up in Inverurie, is still the current British record holder.
Heats Wednesday 4 April BBC1
Zoe Smith, Weightlifting (63kg)
Her gold in Glasgow in 2014 in the 58kg class must have seemed a distant memory a couple of years ago as the English weightlifter suffered a shoulder injury that kept her out of Rio and a funding cut saw her working in a café. Still only 23, she has all the motivation to prove she’s back on track.
Final Saturday 7 April BBC1
Dai Greene, 400m hurdles
Dai’s a big star in Welsh athletics but, at 31, he has had so many injuries over the years that it’s amazing he’s got himself fit. He took himself off to compete in South Africa during the winter and it’s really paid off. The fact he ran 49.5 seconds recently puts him right back in contention.
Round one Monday 9 April BBC1
Callum Hawkins, Marathon
Marathon This is a huge opportunity for Scotland. Fourth in the World Championships last year, Callum, 25, has a great racing brain. He’s proved he can compete on the big stage so this won’t faze him. The weather could play a role. The race is scheduled for 8.15am local time, but it will get hotter as it goes on.
Men’s marathon Sat 14 April BBC2
England’s heptathlon star has probably the best chance of a gold medal of anyone in the entire home nations’ teams. Winning the pentathlon at the World Indoors last month will have given Kat the confidence to really push on to another level. This is a must-see event.
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