Athletics

Mo Farah & Greg Rutherford named in Commonwealth Games squad

Farah will double up in the 5000m and 10,000m. (©GettyImages)
Farah will double up in the 5000m and 10,000m. (©GettyImages).

England have announced a squad of 129 athletes for this summer´s Commonwealth Games.

The squad, of which only 42 have competed in the Games before, includes Olympic champions Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.

It had been unclear whether Farah, who won gold in both the 5000m and 10,000m in London two years ago, would run in the track events, but he will now bid to add the crowns to his impressive medal collection.

The 31-year-old also has the World Championship and European golds for the longest track events and will be favourite for the Commonwealth title in Glasgow, this July.

The Somalian-born athlete took a break from the track to compete in his first ever marathon earlier in the year but could only finish in eighth place in London and has since been told to focus back on the shorter distances.

27-year-old Rutherford, who clinched a surprise gold in the long jump in London, will hope to go one better than he managed in the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi where he picked a silver medal.

The athlete has been in great form this year, becoming the longest jumper in British history when he jumped 8.51m in California in April, and will be hoping to continue that form into the Games.

The confirmation of Farah´s place is the real boost to the Games organisers, though, with star names such as Jess Ennis-Hill and, possibly Usain Bolt, not competing.

Other athletes in the squad expected to challenge for gold medals include heptathlete, Katarina Johnson-Thomson and high-hurdler, Tiffany Porter, while there is no place for Britain´s fastest sprinter James Dasaolu.

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