On Tuesday, August 2nd, the heats will be held at the newly renovated Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, where sprinting stars will begin their quest to become the fastest women’s and men’s athletes in the Commonwealth.
On Wednesday, August 3, the fastest runners will advance to the championship round.
Several top athletes, including the Jamaican trifecta of world medalists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, and Elaine Thompson-Herah, bowed out of the Commonwealth Games after competing in the recent athletics World Championships in Eugene, USA.
Dina Asher-Smith had to pull out of Team England due to an injury, but Daryll Neita, who defeated Asher-Smith at the British Championships in June, and Imani Lansiquot could still make an impact for the home team.
The spotlight is now on the next generation of Jamaican sprinters, who may have as many as five competitors who have already broken the sub-11-second barrier.
US collegiate competition ensures that both St. Lucia’s Julien Alfred (10.81s this year) and Nigeria’s Grace Nwokocha (10.97s) will be in peak physical condition for the competition.
There are a few more contenders, including Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas and Zoe Hobbs, the current world record holder from New Zealand.
Michelle Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, the defending champion, has returned from a two-year doping suspension with a 10.94 best this season.
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The men’s defending champion, Akani Simbine, will be hoping for a repeat performance and will be feeling confident after reaching his third straight World Championship final last month.
Great adversary Ferdinand Omanyala, from South Africa, will give him a run for his money. Omanyala arrived in time for the heats at the last worlds, but he was unable to perform at his best because of visa problems. This isn’t just a race to the finish line, as the Kenyan just broke Simbine’s African record in the competition.
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