n Sally Pearson will be one of the stars of the show at the Commonwealth Games trials.THE BIG SIX EVENTS AT THE FEBRUARY 15-18 COMMONWEALTH GAMES TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS (all times AEDT):
* Men’s 100 metres (first round: Feb 15, 1925; semi-finals: Feb 16, 2000; final: Feb 16, 2205):
The long-overdue resurgence in men’s sprinting will be on full display, with four men chasing a maximum three individual spots in the blue-riband sprint at the Games. Jack Hale, Rohan Browning and Trae Williams have been slugging it out since their junior days, while fit-again Josh Clarke boasts the quickest time this decade by an n. The quartet also have the makings of a formidable 4x100m relay team.
* Men’s 1500 metres (first round: Feb 16, 1330; final: Feb 18, 1550):
No less than a dozen men have bettered the qualifying standard, headed by Rio Olympics finalist Ryan Gregson. The stacked field also includes two of Gregson’s former training partners, Luke Mathews and Jeff Riseley, both of whom are also contesting the 800m.
* Men’s long jump (qualifying: Feb 17, 1300; final: Feb 18, 1315):
Not a lot of exposed form here. Henry Frayne has not competed since the 2017 world championships, but has a habit of performing well coming off long enforced breaks. Fabrice Lapierre, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, opened his season with a 7.70m jump in the US. The field also includes defending national champ Chris Mitrevski and Darcy Roper.
* Women’s 100m hurdles (first round: Feb 17, 1855; final: Feb 17, 2200):
The big question, as ever, is just how fast can Sally Pearson go? The hometown heroine will be the hottest of favourites to claim a third-straight Commonwealth title in April and is also eyeing a spot in the 4x100m relay. Brianna Beahan and Michelle Jenneke look best placed to claim the other vacancies in the sprint hurdles.
* Women’s pole vault (qualifying: Feb 15, 2020; final: Feb 17, 1915):
An n has topped the podium on each of the five previous occasions this event has been on the Games program. The in-form vaulter this time around is Nina Kennedy, who produced a recent PB of 4.71m in Perth. Liz Parnov and Lisa Campbell are also chasing Games berths.
* Women’s javelin (qualifying: Feb 16, 1250; final: Feb 17, 2100):
Looks a contest in two between Kathryn Mitchell, in the form of her life at the age of 35 as evidenced last weekend by a national record of 67.58m, and 2014 Glasgow Games bronze medallist Kelsey-Lee Roberts.
* Venue: Metricon Stadium
* Dates: February 15-18
* Qualification: All event winners with at least a B qualifier and all runners-up, with an A qualifier, will be guaranteed selection in the Commonwealth Games team.
* Team: To be named next week. Will number up to 108 athletes, including 20 para-athletes.