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Meet the athletes who will be looking to break records at Glasgow 2014

Glasgow is gearing up for what it hopes will be an unforgettable games. In athletics major championships become truly special when records are broken or even better shattered.

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford

Everyone remembers the 2009 Athletics World Championships in Berlin; not because of mascot Berlino the Bear but rather as the competition and the track where the fastest ever 100 and 200metre times were recorded.

Similarly, many will remember London 2012 as being the place David Rudisha became the first man to finally run under 1:41:00 minutes seconds for an 800metres. Another example is Jonathan Edwards' unbelievable world record jump of 18.29metres in the triple jump in Gothenburg back in 1995 (a record which still stands today).

Needless to say I could go on.

If a record is broken, automatically an extra bit of history is created and that very moment will forever be associated with the location in which it took place.

With a number of high profile athletes attending the Glasgow games, and some to yet confirm their attendance - there could be numerous Commonwealth records that fall.

A record is something everyone involved in a major competition wants; the athletes, organisers and also the spectators. Glasgow 2014 is no different and all of the above will be hoping that records will be broken.

So what Commonwealth records are most likely to fall at Hampden?

Will the Pryce be right?

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has an extremely impressive record in major championships and is the current multiple Olympic and World Champion. She also got her season off to an impressive start with victory in the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha.

Like her compatriot Usain Bolt, the Jamaican pocket rocket has never competed in a Commonwealth Games and will make her debut in Glasgow.

She is a strong favourite to pick up gold in the 100 and 200 metres but she also has the ability to beat Debbie Ferguson's record of 10.91seconds.

Fraser-Pryce has a personal best of 10.70 and with Nigeria's Olympic bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare pushing her all the way, there is a distinct possibility that Bahamian Ferguson's record could be under threat.

Of course for sprinting a lot can depend on conditions and the speed of the track.

However, we will know prior to the games what times athletes are capable of doing on the Hampden track after the Diamond League Grand Prix event takes place there.

New record anything but a 'long' shot

Greg Rutherford recently broke the British long jump record with an impressive leap of 8.51metres.

However this has been the subject of controversy with pictures apparently showing the jump was a foul and that his foot was over the board. That said, the record still stands, much to the annoyance of Rutherford's long jumping rival Chris Tomlinson.

Controversy aside, the Olympic champion has a great opportunity to add his name to the history books and smash the Commonwealth record.

The current record stands at 8.39metres and is held by Nigerian Yusuf Alli. There are a number of competitors who have the potential to beat the record; that includes the enigmatic Tomlinson who on his day can produce 8metre plus jumps.

Conversely, it is Rutherford who seems to be in good form coming into the outdoor season and he will know that he has a great chance to add not only a medal but a Commonwealth record to his collection.

Rapid Rudisha looks for another record

There is no doubting that if David Rudisha is fit and healthy and competing in Glasgow that there is a strong chance Japheth Kimutai's Commonwealth 800metre record could be in danger.

Rudisha could potentially make easy work of his fellow countryman's record which stands at 1:43:82 minutes.

The main issue is the world record holder and Olympic champion has not competed since last June due to injury. If he gets races under his belt and has some strong showings prior to the games he will most likely be favourite to win and to break the record.

However, whether he will be fit enough unfortunately remains to be seen.

New record may not be too 'steep' an ask

The steeplechase may not be the most glamorous event, but interest will automatically be increased as a result of Eilish McColgan's participation.

There is the potential for three Kenyan athletes to break the current Commonwealth record.

Purity Kirui, Milcah Chemos and Lidya Chepkurui all have personal bests which are faster than the current record; held by Uganda's Dorcas Inzikuru, at 9:19:51 minutes.

Races can transpire where athletes from the same country will have a strategy between them; this can be as much of a help as it is a hindrance,

Much is also dependent on the type of race that takes place. If someone goes out hard and goes through the first kilometre at a quick pace then a Commonwealth record could be on the cards.

On the contrary, many distance finals we have seen throughout history are strategic affairs with a burn up on the last lap. The latter certainly results in excitement but not records being broken.

This is definitely an event to keep an eye on.

One last Bolt from the Blue?

Although he is now 27-years-old, the big Jamaican and face of world athletics has an opportunity to beat the Commonwealth 100metre record.

Bolt has amazingly never competed in a Commonwealth Games before, with injury forcing him to miss 2006 and London 2012 preparation taking priority in 2010.

The current record set by Ato Boldon in 1998 stands at 9.88seconds, a time that poses little challenge to an in-form Bolt. If the Jamaican is fit and competes, I would be very surprised if the record was not broken. That is if the Jamaican runs in Glasgow (he says he is 95% sure that he is).

For a man who is considered the greatest of all time and holds the world record (9.58seconds), this time should pose little challenge.

Interestingly, the fact that a time of 9.88seconds has lasted over 15 years, when the 100metres as an event has evolved significantly, only highlights the dominance that countries outside the Commonwealth had in sprint events prior to Bolt and the Jamaican revolution.

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