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Athletics treat to conclude

24 Mar 06 22:48
 Kym Howe of Australia is eying gold in the Women's Pole Vault.

Kym Howe of Australia is eying
gold in the Women's Pole Vault.

Tonight’s final session at the Athletics will see a thrilling conclusion to what has already been an exciting and dramatic program.

Spectators will be treated to another look at the world’s fastest man, Asafa Powell as he spearheads the Jamaican team in the Men’s 4x100m final. Jamaica is the firm favourite, but Canada and Australia are both definite medal contenders after defending champions England didn't qualify because of a dropped baton during their heat.

The Jamaican team are also favourites in the Women's 4x100m final and are spearheaded by Women's 100m gold medallist Sheri-Ann Brooks.

The Women's 4x400m final is shaping up as a shoot-out between Jamaica and Australia. The Australian team set the Games record of 3 minutes 25.63 seconds at Manchester 2002, while the Jamaican team includes 400m bronze medallist Novlene Williams and 400m Games Record holder Sandie Richards.

After her spectacular win in Women’s 400m Hurdles, Australia’s Jana Pitman will be hoping for another gold medal in the 4x400m.

Australia is tipped to win the Men's 4x400m Relay. The team, consisting of Christopher Troode, Sean Wroe, Mark Ormrod and Clinton Hill, qualified fastest in the heats with a comfortable time of 3 minutes 3.04 seconds and are silver medallists from Athens 2004. One of these runners will be omitted, making room for individual 400m gold medallist John Steffensen.

Australia's Craig Mottram has qualified fastest for the Men's 1500m final. After just missing the gold in the Men’s 5000m, he will be looking to go one better in the 1500m. He will face some tough competition from fellow Australian Mark Fountain and Canada's Nathan Brannen.

South Africa’s Khotso Mokoena and England’s Phillips Idowu head the list of favourites in the Men’s Triple Jump final. Mokoena enters the Games in some great form having leapt 16.77m in the recent South African National Titles and will be hard to beat.

The Women's Pole Vault looks to be a duel between two Australian athletes. Defending Commonwealth Games Pole Vault champion Tatiana Grigorieva will need to use all her big-time experience if she is to defeat compatriot Kym Howe, who has a higher personal best of 4.61m.

Ugandan duo - Boniface Kiprop Toroitch and Wilson Busienei Kipkemei will be the men to beat in the Men’s 10,000m final. Kiprop Toroitch finished fourth at Athens 2004 posting a time of 26 minutes 39.77 seconds, while Busienei-Kipkemei's finished 11th in 28:10.75

The Men’s Javelin final is expected to be a tight affair, with a number of athletes in medal contention. Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Scott Russell of Canada has been in fine form and a repeat of his season-best 84.41m throw would be enough to see him feature on the medal dais.

South African Gerhardus Pienaar threw 79.60m to win his country's National Championships, although he will need a personal best if he is going to challenge Russell’s estimated best throw for the gold.

- Games News Service

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