Greg Rutherford and Kirani James go for gold at Commonwealth Games
Coral are back with even more Commonwealth Games action from Glasgow, and centre stage this evening will be the athletics events at Hampden Park. We’ve featured four of the seven finals being contested below, but there are also the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase, Shot Put and thrilling conclusion to the Heptahlon as well.
Men’s High Jump
Canada’s Derek Drouin is strongly odds-on at 1/6 to better bronze at the World Championships and Olympic Games by winning this field final. Compatriot Michael Mason is a 6/1 shot to upset him, with England’s Robbie Grabarz out injured. Domestic hopes hinge on Chris Baker (14/1) and Tom Parsons (33/1), but they are relative outsiders.
Men’s Long Jump
Olympic champion Greg Rutherford is a 10/11 chance to add the Commonwealth title to his CV after jumping furthest (8m 5cm) in qualifying. Fellow English athlete Chris Tomlinson is 7/1 to upset his great rival here, but the closest challenge should come from South Africa’s Zarck Visser (7/2). Compatriot Rushwahl Samaai is also a 7/1 shot to cause a shock.
Kimberley Mickle (Australia) continues her rivalry with South African star Sunette Viljoen, but is in far stronger form based on the season so far. Mickle, a silver medallist in Moscow last year, is the odds-on 4/7 favourite, but if Viljoen can rediscover something close to her personal best, which is over 69m, then is a tempting 9/2 to take the Javelin title. Goldie Sayers is the English hope here at 5/1, along with another Aussie Kathryn Mitchell.
Grenada superstar Kirani James is massively odds-on at 1/33 to dispel the demons of his failed World Championships title defence last year round one lap of the track here. England’s Martyn Rooney, who was second-fastest in the semis behind James in 45.22 seconds, is 14/1 to cause an upset, but much more likely to scoop silver.
Experienced campaigner Chris Brown (Bahamas) is at 25/1, but is set to battle with one of three Trinidad and Tobago athletes Lalonde Gordon (50/1 for gold) over the bronze. Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) is also competing in the 200m, so is a 66/1 outside shout to upset the established order.