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Para-athlete Nikhil Chittarasu in action during the high jump event of D2010 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. - PTI
Hooker in pole position to retain Commonwealth title

Six Gold medals will be decided on Monday night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with Steve Hooker (AUS) seeking to retain his pole vault crown.

Pedigree would suggest that Hooker (AUS), the Olympic, world and world indoor champion, will prevail but he will face tough competition from Steve Lewis (ENG), Jason Wurster (CAN) and Cheyne Rahme (RSA).

In the Women's 100m Hurdles, Sally Pearson (AUS) is the hot favourite but will have to avoid her fate in the 100 m when she was disqualified. Angela Whyte (CAN) and Aleesha Barber (TRI) are the athletes with the next fastest times to their names.

For the Women's Discus Throw, the absence of the world champion, Dani Samuels (AUS) has thrown this event wide open. Elizna Naude (RSA) has a great chance of retaining the title she won in Melbourne in 2006. Krishna Poonia (IND) will be pushing hard for a home Gold medal, backed by teammates Harwant Kaur (IND) and Seema Antil (IND).

Kenya has sent possibly its strongest trio to contest in the Men's 3000 m Steeplechase, a race it has always won since 1990 - Ezekiel Cheboi (KEN), the world and Commonwealth champion, Brimin Kipruto (KEN), the Olympic champion who  has set the fastest time in the world in 2010, and Richard Mateelong (KEN), the Silver medallist at the 2009 world championships. The athlete most likely to prevent a clean sweep is Benjamin Kiplagat (UGA).

Nancy Langat (KEN) looks well set to complete the 800m-1500 m double after a comfortable semifinal run. Joining her in the final will be her two Kenyan teammates, Winny Chebet and Cherono Koech. Home hopes wrest with Tintu Luka (IND), who delighted the crowd by leading all the way to win her semifinal.

Moses KIPSIRO (UGA), who beat the Kenyans in the 5000 m, will try to win a second Gold medal in the Men's 10,000 m. Daniel Salel (KEN) and his teammates Titus Mbishei and Joseph Kiptoo Birech will need to be at their best to stop him. Chris Thomson (ENG) and Collis Birmingham (AUS) will be in contention, too. - GNS