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Commonwealth Games 2010: Form guide - women's field athletics

Pole vaulter Kate Dennison
Pole vaulter Kate Dennison is tipped to win a medal for England

Whereas the track events have seen a number of big names pull out of the Commonwealth Games, the field events have emerged relatively unscathed.

This partly reflects the fact that there is less strength in depth in the field events in the Commonwealth countries, with England's world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis the most notable absentee.

Of the athletes who will be competing, the biggest name is World, Olympic and defending Commonwealth champion Valerie Adams (formerly Vili) in the shotput.

Levern Spencer of St Lucia goes in as favourite for the high jump but although she improved her personal best to 1.98m in May, she was only fifth four years ago.

Canada's Nicole Forrester, whose 126cm long legs account for two-thirds of her height, is one to watch, along with Jamaica's Sheree Francis.

England's Kate Dennison goes into the pole vault as the strong favourite and the main challenge is likely to come from Canadian duo of Carly Dockendorf and Kelsie Hendry.

Dockendorf was selected for the 1998 Commonwealth Games as a teenage gymnast but walked away from the sport on the eve of the tournament, explaining recently that she wasn't mentally ready to compete at that level.

Olympic long jump bronze medallist and African Championships gold medallist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, who will also race in the 100m, leads the Commonwealth standings with a season's best of 6.88m.

Canada'sRuky Abdulai andAlice Falaiye could be her main challengers while Shara Proctor is bidding to become Anguilla's first Commonwealth medallist.

Defending triple jump champion Trecia Smith is the only competing athlete to have broken the 14m barrier in either of the last two years and the former world champion is favourite in the absence of fellow Jamaican Kimberly Williams.

One to watch could be fashion conscious Canadian Tabia Charles, who has been known to complement her athletics attire with fishnet stockings, heavy make-up and a flower in her hair.

New Zealand's multi gold medallist Adams looks unbeatable in the shot. The Kiwi reverted to her maiden name earlier this year and has a personal best of a metre and a half further than anyone else in the Delhi field.

Elizna Naude's hopes of retaining the discus title she won for South Africa in Melbourne four years ago have been boosted by the decision to pull out by 2006 bronze medallist Dani Samuels. The Australian became the shock world champion last year at the age of 21. Krishna Poonia heads a strong Indian trio.

Canada could claim a clean sweep of medals in the hammer with Sultana Frizell, who was 10th at last year's World Championships, leading the way from Crystal Smith and Meghann Rodhe, while England's Zoe Derham will be pushing for a medal.

South Africa's Sunette Viljoen, the defending javelin champion, has improved her African record to 66.38m this season - five metres more than any of her fellow competitors in Delhi.

Her compatriot Justine Robbeson, Australia's Kimberley Mickle and England's Laura Whittingham are the only others to have thrown over 60m in 2010.

In the absence of England's Ennis, the battle for heptathlon glory seems to be between two mothers - Canada's Jessica Zelinka and Margaret Simpson-Senya of Ghana - with England's Louise Hazel and New Zealand's Rebecca Wardell also hoping for a medal.



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