Athletics: South Yorkshire aces make England Commonwealth Games athletics team

Mukhtar Mohammed will represent England in the Commonwealth Games
Mukhtar Mohammed will represent England in the Commonwealth Games
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Six South Yorkshire athletes were named in the England athletics squad for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Mukhtar Mohammed, Luke Cutts, John Lane, Joe Dunderdale, Lee Emanuel and Louise Bloor are all part of the team for next month’s Games.

Thurnscoe pole vaulter Cutts will be among those chasing gold after his superb start to the year.

The 26-year-old produced the highest ever clearance by a British vaulter earlier this year and was ranked as favourite for the World Indoor Championships.

He is attempting to rediscover his form after suffering a neck injury at the World Championship but is confident of being fit to challenge for gold in Glasgow.

European Indoor Championship bronze medallist Mukhtar Mohammed will compete in the 800m.

The 23-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday Academy prospect claimed bronze in Gothenburg to mark himself out as a potential future star at middle distance.

Joining Mohammed in the middle distance running group is City of Sheffield athlete Lee Emanuel.

The 29-year-old will compete over 1500m.

Maltby sprinter Louise Bloor has been named in the 4x100m relay team.

Sheffield’s John Lane will represent England in the decathlon while City of Sheffield-trained javelin thrower Joe Dunderdale has also been selected.

Mo Farah will compete in both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Glasgow.

Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu will only compete in the 4x400m relay after struggling for form over the past year.

The 129 member team features reigning Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford.

But the controversial omission is sprinter Chijindu Ujah who ran the 100m in 9.96 seconds earlier this month but was not considered as his performance came after the qualification cut off date