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The 2018 Commonwealth Games are being held in Gold Coast, Australia. Here are the event by event previews from Alfonz Juck's EME News. We will have two pieces a day from Stuart Weir on the Commonwealth Games!

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson will compete in only the longer event at the Commonwealth Games. After clocking 11.71 for victory over 100m in Brisbane on Wednesday, the Jamaican told herald.com.au: "I will just run the [200m] this time. It is there to get me prepared for my outdoor (season), which is the Diamond League."
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Strong winds hampered performances at the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane on Wednesday (28), the final warm-up meeting before the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. But even a -1.6m/s breeze couldn't slow down Britain's Zharnel Hughes in the 200m.

Competing in the second of three 200m heats, Hughes sped to a 20.23 victory to finish several metres ahead of Leon Reid (20.90), recording the fastest 200m on Australian soil since 2001. Botswana's Isaac Makwala won the first heat in 20.51 into a slightly weaker wind (-0.9m/s).

Hughes has started his 2018 in tremendous form. He ran 20.28 on his season opener in Kingston in January, and then clocked times of 10.18 and 10.01, a PB, over 100m at the same venue in February. The 22-year-old, who finished fifth in the 200m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, now appears to be one of the medal favourites ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games.

Earlier in the evening, Hughes ran the second leg for England in the 4x100m. The team of Richard Kilty, Hughes, Adam Gemili and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won in 38.31.

To read the entire article, please go to: https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/queensland-international-track-classic-brisba

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Miller_ShaunaeStQ-WorC17.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

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GOLD COAST (AUS): According to the most recent entry-lists for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson will only contest the 200m where she will face Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith. Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare is only listed in the 4x100m for the time being. Last year's world-leader Kyron McMaster has also entered the 400m hurdles and will face former world champions Nicholas Bett from Kenya and Dai Greene from Wales.

RunBlogRun opines: I loved the Commonwealth Games. I went in 2014, and just enjoyed each and every day! I am hoping to go this time around, but it will be, as always a last minute arrangement. The 200 meters alone could be worth the trip.

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Insidethegames informs that IAAF President Sebastian Coe is to work for Australian broadcaster Channel 7 during next month's Commonwealth Games. The double Olympic champion will work alongside the legendary Bruce McAvaney during the Games. Due to injuries and illness, Coe did not compete in the Commonwealth Games until the end of his career. He ran the last major international race of his career at Auckland in 1990, coming sixth in the 800m.

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Walsh 22.67 AR, WL


AUCKLAND (NZL, Mar 25): World indoor and outdoor shot put champion Tom Walsh is in superb shape. At the Sir Graeme Douglas International Track & Field Challenge in West Auckland he achieved a very special Oceanian record and World 22.67 in second round. It is also the best throw since 2003 and sixth equal all-time. Second place for Ryan Whiting 20.99 over Poland´s Konrad Bukowiecki 20.75. Valerie Adams improved again to post a best of 18.48 in the women's shot put, the same distance as Canadian Brittany Crew, but winning the completion with a superior second best throw (18.30 to 18.24). Cameron Chalmers of Guernsey won the 400 m in 46.45. Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney now sets herself such high standards, that she was slightly disappointed with her winning height of 475 and after she attempted national record height 485. The Sir John Walker Junior mile went to the son of ones of Walkers adversaries, Theo Quax in a personal best of 4:08.16. The meeting was the final event in the Athletics NZ International Series and brings down the curtain on the senior domestic summer track and field season. With the help from NZ Athletics website.

RunBlogRun opines: Tomas Walsh is the 2017 World Outdoors and 2018 World Indoors champion. His level of confidence and his fitness are supreme. His 22.67 meter throw is quite impressive as he does his final preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

Miller_ShaunaeStQ-WorC17.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo will contest the 200m and 4x100m for Bahamas at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs Tribune 242. Their athletics team also includes former world high jump champion Donald Thomas while Steven Gardiner will contest the 200m and the 4x400m. Machel Cedenio and Lalonde Gordon, who were also part of their gold medal-winning team in the 4x400m at the World Championships, will compete in both the 400m and 4x400m. Other standout names in the team include Michelle Lee Ahye and Khalifa St Fort in the 100m and 4x100m, Sparkle McKnight in the 400m hurdles and Cleopatra Borel in the shot put.

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Stevens 64.02, Asher-Smith 22.90
BRISBANE (AUS, Mar 22): Former world discus champion Dani Stevens warmed up for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month with 64.02m in the discus at the Brisbane Summer of Athletics Grand Prix meet. European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith won the 200m in 22.90 into a 1.5 m/s headwind and Japan's Ryota Yamagata clocked a fast 10.15 in the 100m. There was an Australian one-two in the men's 800m courtesy of Joshua Ralph (1:47.53) and Dylan Stenson (1:47.88) while Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz faded to sixth in 1:53.25. Elsewhere on the track, there were one-lap wins for Japan's Julian Walsh in the 400m flat (46.29) and Jack Green in the 400m hurdles (50.24), Georgia Griffiths won a solo 1500m in 4:11.97 and Pat Tiernan won the 5000m in 13:40.98. There was a good quality hammer with Chris Bennett going out to 75.11m to defeat Australia's Matthew Denny (74.77m) and Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.40m in the pole vault. Jamaican Tajay Gayle won the long jump 789, in other sprints Canadians Crystal Emmanuel 11.43 in women 100 m and Aaron Brown 20.95 in the men´s 200 m.

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GOLD COAST NEWS
GOLD COAST (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson and three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley have been named co-captains of the Australian athletics team for the Commonwealth Games. Pearson will defend her 100m hurdles title in Gold Coast and will also contest the 4x100m. "It is always an honour to represent Australia but to be nominated as a team captain is a bonus and one I'm very pleased to accept. I'm looking forward to using my experience at major championships and three previous Commonwealth Games to lead and mentor our young Australian athletes," said Pearson.
ATLANTA (USA): Olympic 400 m winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in full preparation for the Commonwealth Games. The multiple World medalist plans to run the 200 m in Australia. Miller-Uibo ran only one race indoors and equaled all-time best in the 300 m with 35.45 at the Millrose Games. The 23 years old sprinter was a 6th placer at last Games in 2014.
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De Grasse out from CG
TORONTO (CAN): Canadian olympic medalist Andre De Grasse has made the decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season. After a 2017 season that ended with a hamstring injury, De Grasse began training for the 2018 season cautiously. His 2017 injury is completely healed and he is 100% healthy, he's just not where he wants to be yet from a fitness standpoint. "To me the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talents to a passionate fan base in Australia. I wouldn't want to go in there at any less than my best and for that reason we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Games. My team and I feel like this is the best decision for the long term. I will now train hard through the spring to be ready for a strong and full outdoor season." said De Grasse. De Grasse will start his outdoor season with a 100m race at the Drake Relays at the end of April, before turning his attention to the Diamond League meets and eventually the NACAC championships in his home town of Toronto. Informs his agent Paul Doyle.
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RunBlogRun opines: Coming back from injuries is one of the toughest realities of our sport. Pushing to get into shape fast does not work. De Grasse is making right decision to hold off his opening.

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