It’s day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and after sprinter Adam Gemili’s silver medal-winning run behind Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole in the 100 Metres, British interest in the event is heading for fever pitch.
We think they’ll do okay today, with a notable omission and an aquatic banker featuring in our ‘Commonwealth Games winners to set your watch by’ accumulator, which pays out at just shy of 14/1.
7.00pm – Men’s 50 Metres Freestyle – Ben Proud @ 1/2
The teenage Londoner already has the 50 Metres Butterfly gold in the bag, having clocked the fastest time in the world this year in said event.
After failing to make the 100 Metres Freestyle final, which he largely put down to tiredness and elation from his previous victory, Proud will be well rested and should go very well in this event, which he holds the British record for at 21.86.
8.30pm – Women’s 400 Metres (Track) – Stephenie Ann McPherson @ 81/50
This renewal looks set for a blanket finish, with McPherson and Jamaican teammate Novlene Williams-Mills sharing favouritism just ahead of 9/4 Delhi 2010 winner Amantle Montsho.
McPherson, who is by some way the junior of this trio, is yet to peak this season and with a PB of 49.92 in her locker from this time last year, the 24-year-old looks set to unleash a winning run in Glasgow.
8.45pm – Men’s 110 Metre Hurdles – Andrew Riley @ 6/4
Nigeria-born British competitor William Sharman’s blistering recent form – the 2010 silver medallist and 5/4 favourite here set a personal best of 13.21 at this venue just two weeks ago – has seen Riley’s odds drift significantly.
The 25-year-old still holds the quicker time though, by seven-hundredths of a second and, at the prices, the leggy Jamaican rates the better bet.
9.50pm – Women’s 1500 Metres – Hellen Obiri @ 1/2
Obiri may have ultimately disappointed on her last big visit to the UK, with a 12th-place finish in the 1500 Metres at the London Olympics, but the 24-year-old sandwiched that failure with the World Indoor 3000 Metres gold in 2012 and World Championships 1500 Metres silver last year.
The Kenyan’s main competition will come from within her own team in the forms of Purity Cherotich Kirui and Joan Jepkorir Aiyabei, who have both largely excelled over the longer distance so far in their careers.