Blessing Okagbare targeting Commonwealth women’s sprint double
Seven gold medals will be decided on yet another day of athletics action from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This evening’s main events are the 200m for both men and women, with ladies 100m champion Blessing Okagbare trying to complete a memorable sprint double. Here is Coral’s guide to the action from Hampden Park.
India’s Vikas Gowda is 11/10 to throw furthest here, having done so in qualifying with 64m 32cm. South African athlete Victor Hogan was just behind him, however, and at 7/2 we can expect this pair to duke it out for gold. Reigning Commonwealth champion Benn Harradine (Australia), meanwhile, is 5/1 to defend his crown and Jamaica’s Jason Morgan is a 6/1 shot.
Women’s Long Jump
England’s Shara Proctor starts as the 11/10 favourite to take this title on Scottish soil after a modest 6m 51cm in qualifying. If she can replicate or get close to her longest ever jump, then nobody in this field can touch her. Bianca Stuart of the Bahamas went out to a season’s best 6m 67cm to make the final, however, and will mount a serious challenge at 6/4. Canadian Christabel Nettey (13/2) and Chantel Malone, representing the British Virgin Islands (7/1), are the best of the rest.
This promises to be a classic with Kenya’s Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha (odds-on favourite at 4/7) taking on Botswanan rival Nijel Amos (6/4). Both were hugely impressive in reaching the final, though the field of eight men is really high quality.
Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (16/1), Andre Olivier (40/1), up-and-coming youngster Ronald Musagala (50/1) and Evans Kipkorir (60/1) make up the rest of the African contingent, leaving British pair Michael Rimmer (England) and Guy Learmonth (Scotland) rank outsiders.
Men’s 400m Hurdles
Reigning world champion Jehue Gordon (Trinidad and Tobago) is odds-on at 5/6 to add the Commonwealth crown to his honours, but impressive South African Cornel Fredericks (evens) recorded a faster time making the final. Jamaican pair Roxroy Cato (11/1) and Annsert Whyte (22/1) are relative outsiders for gold here.
Women’s 400m Hurdles
Glasgow Games poster girl Eilidh Child is a 4/1 shot to upset odds-on 1/5 favourite Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica, and snatch gold in this one. It’s a straight fight between these two for top spot, because the American and Russian contingents, plus Czech sensation Zuzana Hejnova, cannot compete at the Commonwealths.
Both sexes will have to race semis earlier in the evening. Okagbare is massively odds-on at 1/12 to complete the sprint double, and it is very hard to see past the Nigerian, though there are three Jamaican athletes looking to stop her.
Jamaica’s Warren Weir is a strong odds-on 1/7 favourite for the half lap title. Compatriots Rasheed Dwyer (7/1) and Jason Livermore (20/1) will provide healthy competition, but there’s the prospect of a 1-2-3 for the Caribbean country, as happened to the women over 400m. here.