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

Discus thrower Brett Morse
Discus thrower Brett Morse hopes to win a medal for Wales

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 triple jump champion Phillips Idowu the most notable absentee.

Of the athletes who will be competing, the biggest name is Australia's World, Olympic and defending Commonwealth champion Steve Hooker in the pole vault.

Hooker will start as the overwhelming favourite despite a mediocre season by his standards. His jump of 5.95m earlier this season is the best in the world this year.

Hooker's closest Commonwealth rivals are South Africa's Cheyne Rahme, Jason Wurster of Canada and England's Steve Lewis, all of whom are a huge 45cm behind the Australian this season, with bests of 5.50m.

Martyn Bernard of England will be hoping to improve on the silver medal he won at the 2006 games in the high jump. A bronze medal at this summer's European Championships with a jump of 2.29m has given Bernard hope of Commonwealth glory.

He faces stiff competition from 2007 world champion, Donald Thomas, of the Bahamas and Cyprus's Kyriakos Ioannou. Both men are equal Commonwealth number one this season.

In the long jump, a contest of high quality is expected, with Australian duo Fabrice Lapierre and Chris Noffke among the top-five ranked jumpers in the world this year.

Defending champion Ignisious Gaisah of Ghana has never returned to the heady distances of 2006, when he was capable of jumping 8.30m plus.

England's 2006 gold medallist and strong favourite for this year's event, Idowu, has pulled out of the triple jump due to concerns about the athletes' village and security.

Grenada's Randy Lewis is the new favourite for Delhi glory after he registered a 17.29m jump in coming second to Idowu in this season's Gateshead event. Leevan Sands of the Bahamas has won Olympic, World and Commonwealth bronzes and can never be discounted.

A silver medallist four years ago, Jamaica's Dorian Scott is the man to beat in the shot put. Scott demonstrated a liking for hot conditions when posting 20.55m at the Jamaican championships in July.

England's Carl Myerscough (A.K.A. the Blackpool Tower) has his sights set on the podium again, after winning bronze in Manchester in 2002.

Defending champion Scott Martin of Australia is attempting a shot put and discus double. He has been overshadowed by compatriot Ben Harradine, who heads the Commonwealth discus rankings.

Brett Morse of Wales is the number-one ranked British discus thrower and is targeting a medal after throwing a new personal best of 63.35m at Crystal Palace in August.

Commonwealth hammer throwers tend to be way off the 80m marks being thrown by Europe and America's elite. Therefore, the big name in Delhi looks set to be South Africa's Chris Harmse, who, despite now being aged 37, can still launch a hammer out around the 75m area.

England's Alex Smith enters his first major championships after an encouraging campaign. The 21-year-old set a new personal best of 72.92m in Mansfield in April.

Stuart Farquhar of New Zealand will take some stopping in the javelin. The 28-year-old heads the Commonwealth standings and threw a lifetime best of 85.35m in February.

Australia's Jarrod Bannister has been a consistent performer throughout 2010 and is seen by some as the favourite for Delhi gold. He competed in five Diamond League meetings this year and did not finish outside the top six in any. Scotland's James Campbell is the only other man at the Commonwealths to have thrown beyond 80m in 2010.

Melbourne decathlon champion, Dean Macey, retired following his victory in 2006, and this year Canada's Jamie Adjetey-Nelson arrives at his first major championships with big things expected of him. He scored a Commonwealth best of 8239 points in a meet in the Czech Republic in June.

Jamaica's Maurice Smith has not kicked on in performance from 2007, when he won World Championship silver just a year after Macey pipped him to the Commonwealth title but is still expected to feature among the medal shake-up.



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