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Kenyans out to dominate the Men's Marathon

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African duo of Stephen Chemlany (KEN) and John Ekiru Kelai (KEN) are aiming for a one-two finish when the Men's Marathon opens the Athletics action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games today.

However, they will be pushed hard by Michael Shelley (AUS) over the city centre course that begins at the Glasgow Green Precinct.

 Kenya will be out to lay down an early marker in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games athletics medal table with athletes from the east African country seeking medals in three of the four finals that will take on place on Sunday, the first day of athletics.

The women's marathon features more African ambition with which Chemlany and Kelai's compatriots Caroline Kilel (KEN) and Philes Ongori (KEN) are the leading competitors.

Hampden Park hosts the next Athletics event of the day, with the women's T37/38 long jump starting things off.

Australia's Jodi Elkington holds the season's best jump of 4.22m and will aim to continue that form to become the first athlete to win a Gold medal at Hampden.

She will be pushed hard for that honour by Juanelie Meijer (RSA) and Ella Azura Pardy (AUS) who have both jumped in excess of 4m in 2014.

The men's 5000m final ends the first day's programme when the Delhi 2010 champion Moses Kipsoro (UGA) sets out to defend his title. Isiah Kiplangat Koech (KEN) will push him hard and aim to improve on the bronze medal that he won at the 2013 world championships.

Elsewhere on the programme, the men's and women's 100m heats begin, when Richard Thompson (TTO) and Kerron Stewart (JAM) set out on their quest to become the fastest athletes in the Commonwealth.

Christine Ohuruogu (ENG) and Amantle Montsho (BOT) will renew their rivalry in the women's 400m heats. In 2013 Ohuruogu won her second world title when she pipped Montsho to the line at the world championships in Moscow.

In the field the men's shot put and women's hammer begin their qualifying rounds.

Marathon Ones To Watch:

Stephen Chemlany

  • Finished second at the 2011 Berlin city marathon in 2:07:55.
  • Improved his time to 2:07:44, but dropped to fourth in Berlin in 2013.
  • Set a personal best of 2:06:24 at the 2014 Seoul marathon.

John Ekiru Kelai

  • Will defend his Delhi 2010 Gold medal, which he won in 2:14:35.
  • Set his personal best of 2:09:09 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 2005.

Michael Shelley

  • Will be defending the silver medal he won at Delhi 2010.
  • Set his marathon personal best of 2:11:23 at the 2011 Amsterdam marathon.

Martin Dent

  • The London-born athlete competes in his third Commonwealth Games
  • He ran the marathon at Delhi 2010 and the 3000m steeplechase at Melbourne 2006.

Fabiano Joseph Naasi

  • Won the 10,000m bronze medal at Melbourne 2006 and also finished fifth in the 5000m.
  • Runs in his first marathon since the 2006 Amsterdam marathon he completed in 2:13:24.

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