GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Defending champion Amantle Montsho and the Jamaicans led the way in the women’s 400 metres heats at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park Stadium on Sunday.
Montsho of Botswana eased home to victory in her heat in 51.88 seconds, the quickest of the round, with Jamaicans Christine Day running 52.25 and countrywoman Stephenie McPherson also looked equally as impressive with a heat winning time of 52.25 as well.
The other Jamaican in the field, and the top Commonwealth runner this season, Novlene Williams-Mills, dominated the final heat, easing down some 80 metres into the race to post a time of 52.39, the sixth fastest on the day.
Following the preliminaries, Williams-Mills is now at 5/6 to strike the gold medal, this according to Sky Bet, with Montsho at 5/2, Day at 10/1 and McPherson at 5/2 to win the crown.
Also on Sunday, Kineke Alexander of St Vincent and the Grenadines clocked 53.00 seconds to win her heat, with Chandrika Rasnayaka Mudiyans of Sri Lanka running 53.75 to take her first round heat as well.