Commonwealth Contenders 2010

Some of Britain's favourite athletes will be missing out on the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. If you can't get enough of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Lisa Dobriskey or Martyn Rooney, it looks like you'll just have to wait until next season.

The good news is that with Britain's depth of sporting talent the games in Delhi should be a chance to watch some familiar faces - and talent spot a new generation of stars.

At the end of these Games - if they go ahead smoothly - there are guaranteed to be some surprise medallists. For now though here are the English, Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh athletes we can't wait to see on the starting line.

Dai Greene

Name: Dai Greene

Team: Wales

Age: 24

Event: 400m hurdles

Medal chances: After missing out on competing in the 4x400m relay at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games when the Welsh team were reduced to three-men in the heats, Greene is determined to make his mark at Delhi. Fresh from winning gold in the 400m hurdles in Barcelona with a time of 48:12, Greene marched straight to victory at the IAAF Championships in Split in September. Beating this year's fastest man American athlete Bershawn Jackson, Greene also produced a PB with a time of 47.88 and broke the stadium record. He faces the South African and Caribbean nations in his quest for Commonwealth gold - but the odds are looking good.

He says: "I hope that with the best possible approach to the Commonwealths, I can produce a performance of similar quality [to Barcelona] and bring home a medal for Wales."

Lee McConnell

Name: Lee McConnell

Team: Scotland

Age: 31

Event: 400m, 400m relay

Medal chances: One of Scotland's favourite athletes will be hoping she doesn't face the dehydration problems she encountered in the European semi-finals this year which left her finishing fourth and missing out on the final. McConnell hopes she can bounce back from that experience and can conquer Delhi's stifling heat. With a Melbourne bronze and a Manchester silver already on her Commonwealth belt, there is only one elusive medal remaining - the gold.  It will be a tough race against a formidable field but following withdrawals including Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair, the determined Scot and world-relay medallist has everything to race for.

She says: "I'm in better condition than I am at the end of most seasons but we'll see how it goes trying to peak."

Christian Malcolm

Name: Christian Malcolm

Team: Wales

Age: 31

Event: 200m

Medal chances: Gold could well be on the cards for four-times Commonwealth competitor Christian Malcolm. After taking silver in the European Championships in 20:08 earlier this year, he will be lining up a significantly depleted Jamaican team. Jamaican selectors have chosen one of their less speedy team runners, aptly named Steve Slowly. Malcolm took the 100m and 200m titles in the World Junior Championships in 1998 and he remains the fastest ranked athlete in the UK over 200m this year after his European triumph. Barcelona marked something of a comeback for Malcolm who had failed to medal at any major outdoor championships since his 1998 Commonwealth silver - earlier this year he even had his lottery funding cut. Now back on form and remaining relaxed about the shenanigans in Delhi, Malcolm has expressed his keenness to compete and add to his medal stash.

He says: "Until I get a phone call telling me otherwise, I can't wait to be out there."

Hannah England

Name: Hannah England


Team: England


Age: 23

Event: 800m, 1500m
Medal chances: With a considerable raft of British middle-distance talent not competing at the Games including Jenny Meadows, Jemma Simpson and Lisa Dobriskey, Delhi could be the time for Hannah England to shine. After finishing third in the 1500m World Trials in Birmingham in 2009, UKA head coach Charles van Commenee's decision to select Lisa Dobriskey for the World Championships instead proved a blow for Hannah England. But England came back strong, storming to victory in the 1500m at the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships in June 2010. Despite fading in the last 200m of the event's finals in Barcelona, England appears determined to overcome any setbacks. With a recent win in the Great North City Games and after finishing fourth in the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York, the On Camp with Kelly athlete looks on form for Delhi.


She says: "It might be a stronger field than we will get in any of the Commonwealth races [on the Fifth Avenue mile in New York where she finished fourth]. I think it will be good to test yourself against people like that and then go out to Dehli ready to race."

Andy Turner

Name: Andy Turner

Team: England

Age: 30

Event: 110m hurdles

Medal chances: Following two seasons of injury and funding withdrawal, Turner proved his critics wrong when he took gold in the 110m in the European Championships with a time of 13:28. Firmly back as one of our elites, Turner took silver behind American world number one David Oliver in the IAAF Championships in Split and led the English team to athletic victory over Australia in the Great North City Games. He has been one of the few athletes to speak up and express determination to attend the Commonwealth Games - even as the crisis in Delhi has deepened. It probably helps that Turner has form in these Championships - he already has a bronze medal from Melbourne 2006. With his biggest world rivals, the Americans and Cuban teams not included, a medal looks likely to be on the cards.

He says: "It's going to be tough and I've got strong competition but I have as good a chance as anybody, so I'm aiming for gold."

Ciara Mageean

Name: Ciara Mageean


Team: Northern Ireland


Age: 18


Event: 800m, 1500m, 4x400m


Medal chances: This supremely talented middle-distance runner is one to watch. Taking Sonia O'Sullivan's Irish junior 800m record last year, Mageean has already made a name for herself on the world junior stage. Mageean took silver in the 800m at the World Youth Championships and the European Youth Olympics last year. In July she wowed at the World Junior Championships in Canada taking silver in the 1500m and setting a Northern Ireland senior and Irish junior record for the metric mile in the process. Ciara will make her senior championship debut in Delhi and with the tag 'the next Sonia' to live up to, expectations are high. It is yet to be decided if she will focus on the 800m or 1,500m but with finesse in both we can't wait to see the County Down athlete take on the world's best.


Coach Eamon Christie says: "We had a brief conversation about the Commonwealths on the flight home from Canada last week and it looks as though the 1500m is going to be the preferred option."